meeting to unlock transport potential of Asia
International Agreement on the Trans-Asian Railway Network will be
signed during UNESCAP’s Ministerial Conference on Transport
on 6-11 November in Busan, Korea. The Intergovernmental
Agreement on the Trans-Asian Railway (TAR) Network means 28 countries
will network their 81,000 km of railways stretching across Asia. The
railway will unlock dry ports. The Ministerial Conference on Transport
is organized by UNESCAP and hosted by the Government of the Republic
of Korea for issues including regional road safety, financing options
for transport and integrating systems more efficiently. Side-events
include the International Transport and Logistics Fair, the Asia-Pacific
Business Forum 2006 on Transport and Logistics and the Asian Land-Bridge
Conference. A similar agreement guided by UNESCAP on the Asian Highway
came into force in July 2005.
of poverty indicators under scrutiny at meeting
third session of the Committee
on Poverty Reduction organized by UNESCAP will take place on 29
November to 1 December at the United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok.
The focus is on statistical indicators of poverty, with papers on
"statistical challenges in monitoring the Millennium Development
Goals" and "strengthening national statistical capacity
through the promotion of the 2010 round of population and housing
censuses". The social impact of poverty is also high on the agenda
for discussions on "poverty and the informal sector". Participants
will undergo training and share experiences on programme planning
and evaluation for two selected projects: community-based solid waste
management and disability statistics and measurement.
Protection of folklore, competition at IP workshop
Discussions and training on Intellectual Property (IP) basics and
how it relates to trade will be delivered to a number of sponsored
and self-funded participants at a three-day function in November.
The WIPO/ESCAP Colloquium
on Intellectual Property from 6-8 November 2006 in Bangkok is
jointly organized by UNESCAP and the World Intellectual Property Organization
to raise awareness of trade and investment-related intellectual property
rights including its implications for developing countries and its
relation to competition and enforcement. The cultural importance of
copyright will be covered by presentations including the protection
of folklore IP.
researchers put spotlight on services
Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT),
an initiative of UNESCAP and the International Development Research
Centre Canada, will hold its Third
Consultative Meeting of Policy Makers and Research Institutions
on 1-2 November in Macao, China. The gathering of academics and
policy makers from the region aims to pinpoint regional trade research
priorities such as international trade policy and facilitation issues.
Up for discussion are topics such as Barriers to Trade in Education
Services and how to trade successfully in services with a spotlight
on the education and financial service sectors. Country case studies
and comparative analyses of trade sectors will also be featured.
The two-day ARTNeT workshop comes straight after the WTO/ESCAP/ARTNeT
Post-Doha Research Agenda for Developing Countries Workshop from
30-31 October, also in Macao.
report to investigate e-business trends
UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
is set to launch the Information
Economy Report 2006 on 16 November with the help of UNESCAP.
The report surveys the effectiveness of policies on information and
communication technology (ICT) in developing countries over the past
five years. It investigates how ICT may be able to help smooth fluctuations
in the oil sector and reviews trends in e-business and ICT employment.
to advocate for maternal health at international conference
International Parliamentarians Conference on ICPD (the
International Conference on Population and Development) will take
place in Bangkok on 21 and 22 November. The international parliamentarians'
conference aims to promote and share advocacy experience to enhance
policy on ICPD. ICPD looks at the success of population, maternal
health and family planning programmes and promotes gender equality
as the key to success. The Parliamentarians
Conference is part of a wider global parliamentarians movement
on population and development. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
will graciously preside over the Conference’s opening ceremony.
Representatives from UNESCAP’s population section of the emerging
social issues division will attend.
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