Experts to Discuss Sustainability of Economic Growth, Resource Efficiency and Resilience
ESCAP’s Environment and Development Division
is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on Sustainability of Economic Growth, Resource Efficiency and Resilience at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, from 1-3 September. The main objective of the meeting is to develop an analytical framework for assessing the sustainability of economic growth and investigating resilience and resource-efficiency as key determinants of sustainability. The meeting aims to help governments and stakeholders define strategies that promote an improved quality of economic growth, as well as helping build an analytical framework for a major regional report focusing on the sustainability of economic growth.
|UN-APCICT Organizes Training Workshop on ICT for Government Leaders in the Pacific |
The ESCAP subsidiary body charged with building human and institutional capacity through information and communication technology (ICT), the UN Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT), will organize – in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission – a training workshop on ICT for policy makers and government officials. It is the first time UN-APCICT has brought its training programme, the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders, to the Pacific region. The workshop will be held on the Cook Islands, from 2-5 September. Topics that will be discussed include: the linkage of ICT and the Millennium Development Goals; the process of developing ICT for development policies and strategies and the development of various e-government applications. The workshop will coincide with PacINET 2008, an annual conference on the use of ICT for development.
|Meeting of Committee of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement to Expand Cooperation on Trade in Services, Investment and Trade Facilitation
The 30th Session of the Standing Committee of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement will be held in Shanghai, China, from 9-11 September. China’s Vice-Minister of Commerce, Mr. Yi Xiaozhun, will inaugurate the meeting and delegates from the six participating states (Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka) are expected to attend. Members are expected to advance the fourth round of tariff concessions launched at the Ministerial Council last October, with the aim of further deepening and widening market access for merchandise goods. The meeting is also expected to make headway in finalizing the three framework agreements on trade in services, investment and trade facilitation – marking the entry of new areas of cooperation among the Committee’s members. The meeting serves as a preparatory meeting for the Ministerial Council, which will be held in the Republic of Korea in October next year.
Regional Workshop to Promote Contemporary Technologies for Improving Census Results
ESCAP’s Statistics Division, in cooperation with the Statistics Division at United Nations Headquarters in New York, will convene a Regional Workshop on Census Data Processing, Contemporary Technologies for Census Data Capture and Data Editing in the Context of the 2010 World Programme for Population and Housing Censuses. The workshop will take place in Bangkok, from 15-19 September. Its aim is to present international standards for processing population and housing censuses, and to highlight the significant additional capabilities of contemporary technologies and their use for census data capture and data editing. For more information, see:
|International Migration and Development to be Discussed at ESCAP High-level Meeting
ESCAP’s Social Development Division is organizing a high-level meeting on International Migration and Development, from 22-23 September, in Bangkok. The main purpose of the meeting is to facilitate discussion on the multidimensional aspects of international migration and its linkages with inclusive development. The meeting will provide a forum for dialogue among countries in the region to discuss how to include migration in countries’ development strategy, how to effectively manage migration flows and to share best-practices on providing social protection for migrants. A roundtable discussion will focus on social dimensions of international migration; remittances for development; international migration in least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing countries and data and research on international migration and development. The meeting will be attended by high-level representatives of national focal agencies or ministries which deal with issues of international migration. The meeting will also serve as a regional preparatory meeting for the Second Global Forum on Migration and Development, scheduled to take place in Manila, the Philippines, from 27-28 October.
|Committee on Social Development to Review Pathways to Building Inclusive and Sustainable Societies
The Committee on Social Development, made up of ESCAP member countries, will meet at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, from 24-26 September. The Committee will provide guidance to ESCAP in the field of social development, social policies and protection. In particular, the Committee is expected to focus on ways to build inclusive and sustainable societies, through managing emerging and persistent risks and threats to development, such as food insecurity, demographic changes and health-related risks, promoting various social policy and protection interventions. The Committee will also explore ways to effectively reduce disparities and exclusion, and discuss key issues faced by persons with disabilities and ways to address the exclusion of this marginalized population group. Besides reviewing the activities and programmes carried out by ESCAP in the field of social development, the Committee will also consider strategic directions for the work of ESCAP in the coming years. This will be the first session of the Committee under the revised structure of ESCAP.
|Experts to Discuss Trade and Transport Facilitation
for Export Competitiveness
ESCAP’s Trade and Investment Division, in cooperation with ESCAP’s Transport Division and the municipal government of the eastern Chinese city of Yangzhou, is organizing a Regional Expert Group Meeting on Trade and Transport Facilitation for Export Competitiveness, to be held in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, from 25-26 September. The main objective of the meeting is to identify the best practices of enhancing export competitiveness through trade/transport facilitation, and provide policy recommendations on follow-up actions and programmes on trade/transport facilitation for export competitiveness. Approximately thirty five experts from the public and private sectors, as well as from academia and regional research institutions, are expected to attend the meeting. Ms. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, is expected to inaugurate the meeting.
Regional Workshop on the Enhancement of ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities
|ESCAP’s Social Development Division and the UN Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT) are co-organizing a Regional Workshop on the Enhancement of ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disability, from 29 September to 2 October, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The four-day workshop aims to review relevant global norms and developments of information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility for persons with disabilities; formulate strategies for enhancing ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities and discuss regional ICT accessibility guidelines for persons with disabilities. The experts attending the workshop have backgrounds in the fields of disability and ICT, and hail from six different Asian countries.
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