This is the report of the Committee on Information and Communications Technology, for the Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Fourth session, held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 14 to 16 October 2014.
Draft recommendations to be submitted to the leaders of the Asian and Pacific national statistical systems at the fourth session of the Committee on Statistics on:
- How best to formulate a regional position on the requirements of the post-2015 development agenda for national statistical systems, including the role of the latter in the development of a regional monitoring and accountability framework
- Whether the existing regional strategic goals should be adapted, especially in view of the new global development agenda and how
Improvements in data availability and quality require significant investment of resources in order to launch new data collection exercises and expand existing ones, acquire and/or upgrade information technology and other tools that are essential to the efficient functioning of a modern statistical system, recruit and keep competent staff, as well as develop their technical, management and leadership capabilities. In addition, there is need to use existing resources more efficiently.
Presentations DAY 2: Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Urban Development in Asia and the Pacific: Towards a New Urban Agenda
Session 4: Priority Issues for Sustainable Urban Development in Asia and the Pacific – Part B: Governance
• Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tchandradewi, Secretary-General, United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) Asia-Pacific
• Mr. Omar Siddique, Senior Urban Specialist, Cities Alliance
The Asian Highway database was established with the support of the participating member countries to assess the status of development of the Asian Highway network. The Asian Highway Database includes comprehensive and detailed data and information on the Asian Highway routes in member States. The secretariat updates the database regularly to monitor the improvement of the network in member States. In this regard, member States which have not already done so are encouraged to provide the secretariat with updated data and information on changes in the status of Asian Highway routes.
The post-2015 development agenda poses demands for more efficient and effective data production from both existing and potential new sources. While it may be necessary to launch new data collections, much can be done to make use of existing data to reduce and eliminate the gaps in the availability and quality of data, as well as open access to the available data.
1. Modernization of statistical production and services: Experiences from Thailand
- Malee Wongsaroje, Inspector General, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology
This presentation by Mr. Christian Henn, WTO, was given for the Asian Launch of the "World Trade Report 2014 - Trade and Development: Recent Trends and the Role of the WTO", 11 December 2014, Bangkok, Thailand.
Presentations DAY 1: Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Urban Development in Asia and the Pacific: Towards a New Urban Agenda
• Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Urban Development In Asia and the Pacific – Introduction and Overview, Donovan Storey, Chief, Sustainable Urban Development Section (SUDS), EDD, ESCAP
• The Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Importance of the Urban SDG, Garima Jain, Indian Institute of Human Settlements