ESCAP Capacity Building Workshop to Help Mongolia Move towards Paperless Trade
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will organize a Capacity Building Workshop on Electronic Message Development for Single Window Environment
in Mongolia from 30 November to 2 December in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in response to an official request for technical advisory services from the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI
). More than 40 Mongolian stakeholders from both public and private sectors are expected to participate in the workshop which aims to provide capacity building support to the Mongolian trading community in developing and utilizing electronic messages based on international standards for the Single Window environment. Training will be provided on developing and implementing electronic messages in a paperless trade environment. The Workshop is organized in cooperation with MNCCI under the auspices of the United Nations Network Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT
|ESCAP and Partners to Organize Pacific Urban Forum |
The ESCAP Pacific Office
, in association with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, HABITAT
and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum Pacific will organize the Pacific Urban Forum
from 30 November to 2 December in Nadi, Fiji. Senior policymakers from national and local governments in Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu will take part in the Forum along with representatives of international organizations, non-governmental and community-based organizations as well as academics from the subregion. The 2011 Pacific Urban Forum
is being held as part of the subregion’s preparation for the Rio+20 global conference on sustainable development and aims to: a) Increase understanding of urban management and take stock of current urbanisation issues; b) Share lessons learned and best practices from across the subregion; and c) Identify actionable steps for incorporating the urban agenda into national development plans. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|Thai Government to Host Seventh Meeting of UNAPCAEM Governing Council
The United Nations Asian and Pacific Centre for Agricultural Engineering and Machinery (UNAPCAEM
), an ESCAP regional institution, will hold its Seventh Governing Council (GC) meeting
on 6 December in Bangkok with the participation of the nine GC member countries. The meeting is an opportunity to review and appraise UNAPCAEM activities and provide guidance to the Centre’s programme direction and strategies. GC members play a collective role that is crucial in helping ensure that the Centre continues as a key player in addressing the challenges of increasing agricultural productivity through appropriate and sustainable agricultural technology innovations while reducing agriculture’s negative impact on natural and human environments. This year’s GC meeting is hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of the Royal Thai Government and is expected to discuss and endorse a “road map” for establishing a functional Asian and Pacific Network for Testing Agricultural Machinery (ANTAM) before the end of 2013.
ESCAP to Organize Expert Group Meeting on Macroeconomic Outlook and Challenges
As advanced economies slip into deeper sovereign debt troubles and the global economy slows down, prominent experts, heads of research institutes and professors of leading universities from across Asia and the Pacific will gather at ESCAP on 6 December to assess the region’s macroeconomic outlook and challenges at the Expert Group Meeting on Macroeconomic Outlook and Challenges
. In particular, the Expert Group Meeting will review an early draft of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2012 which highlights, among others, the social, economic, and environmental impacts associated with higher commodity prices. The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific is a flagship publication of ESCAP, launched in May every year, with a year-end update in December.
|ESCAP Seminar on the Future Direction of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)
ESCAP, as the Secretariat to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA
), in collaboration with the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of the Government of the Republic of Korea, is organizing a one-day seminar on the future direction of APTA
on 6 December 2011, followed by a back-to-back informal session of the APTA Standing Committee on 7 December 2011, in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Representatives from the focal point ministries of the Participating States (Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka) of APTA are expected to attend. Both events aim to provide Participating States and Mongolia with a platform to discuss the future direction of the Agreement, explore further areas of cooperation, including expansion of membership, trade data exchange, negotiation of the Framework Agreements on trade facilitation, trade in services and investment, move towards an expeditious conclusion of the fourth round of tariff concessions, and hold bilateral meetings with Mongolia in preparation for its accession to APTA in the very near future. The ESCAP Secretariat envisages that the upcoming events in Seoul will help contribute to strengthening and realizing the potential of APTA as a driving force of regional integration as well as a forum for South-South cooperation on trade and investment issues of the region.
|Nobel Laureate in Economics to Deliver Distinguished Person Lecture at ESCAP
|Professor Robert Mundell
, widely regarded as a pioneer of modern international economics and the intellectual father of the euro, will deliver the ESCAP Distinguished Person Lecture , “Global Currency: Dollar, Euro, Renminbi”
on 7 December from 1530 to 1700 hours, at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok. Professor Mundell was awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in Economics for his analysis of monetary and fiscal policy under different exchange rate regimes and his analysis of optimum currency areas. The public lecture will be an unusual opportunity to benefit from Professor Mundell’s rich insights on the global economy, including the euro area sovereign debt troubles, the international monetary system, and regional economic integration challenges. Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, will give welcoming remarks and moderate the open discussion following Professor Mundell’s lecture. Other speakers who have participated in the ESCAP Distinguished Person Lecture Series, include Professor Joseph Stiglitz in August 2009 and Professor Amartya Sen in July 2010.
|ESCAP to Convene its Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Development
The second session of ESCAP Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Development will be held on 7 to 9 December at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok. H.E. Mr. Kittirat Na-Ranong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce of Thailand will open the Committee session. The Committee, which meets biennially and brings together high-level officials and leading experts from across Asia and the Pacific, is responsible for formulating sound macroeconomic policies conducive to poverty reduction and inclusive development. The intergovernmental body also plays a key role in assessing progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and in supporting sustainable agriculture and rural development. In addressing these issues, the Committee will benefit from the outcomes of earlier meetings, including high-level consultations on G20 summits, which will be shared by the Central Bank Governors of Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan.
ESCAP and FAO to Organize Roundtable on Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization Strategies
ESCAP, with its regional institution UNAPCAEM and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific will host a Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization Strategies (SAMS) Roundtable from 8 to 9 December in Bangkok to assess the current status of agricultural mechanization among countries in the region. The roundtable will call upon Asia-Pacific countries to consider undertaking SAMS as a tangible action toward enabling a more climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable agricultural sector. Agricultural mechanization experts and officials from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam as well as specialists in the area of SAMS will attend the roundtable.
|Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific to Hold Seventh Governing Council Session
The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), an ESCAP subsidiary, will hold the seventh session of its Governing Council at its offices in Chiba, Japan from 8 to 9 December to review the administration and financial status of the Institute and implementation of its programme of work. The issues to be discussed include: matters arising from the sixth session of the Council; progress in the implementation of the work plan since the sixth session of the Council; the administrative and financial status of the institute; and the work plan of the institute for the academic year 2012. The Governing Council comprises a representative designated by the Government of Japan and eight representatives nominated by other members and associate members of ESCAP elected by the ESCAP Commission. The current eight representatives are from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Republic of Korea and Thailand. The Council meeting will be preceded by the 10th Management Seminar for the Heads of National Statistical Offices from 7 to 8 December organized by SIAP, in collaboration with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the International Statistical Institute (ISI), the World Bank and the Government of Japan. Around 40 participants from ESCAP member countries and international organizations are expected to attend the management seminar which has as its sub-title, “Shifting from ‘stove-pipe’ data producer to ‘information service’ provider”. Topics covered include: 1) How to modernize statistical information systems? 2) How to model statistical business processes; 3) How to meet new expectations of users? and 4) How to meet evolving needs of data users? For more details on the above meetings, please visit SIAP web page: http://www.unsiap.or.jp/index.php.
ESCAP and WIPO Promote Research on Intellectual Property Economics and Policy
ESCAP's Trade and Investment Division, in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is organizing a two-day workshop on 8 to 9 December at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. Research on intellectual property (IP) economics and policy is the focus of the workshop. Over twenty participants, comprising of economists involved in, or planning to undertake, research on IP issues as well as senior officials responsible for formulating policy on IP related matters are expected to attend. The workshop aims to: (i) create greater awareness about the linkages between IP protection, innovation, and economic development; (ii) acquaint researchers with methodologies and analytical tools being used in the area of IP research; (iii) provide an opportunity to identify elements of an IP research agenda which is relevant to the region; and (iv) consider ways to ensure that IP research responds, and contributes to policy discussion in the region. More information and relevant documents may be accessed via: http://www.unescap.org/tid/projects/ipep.asp.
ESCAP Organizes Meeting on the Development of Dry Ports for Central and North East Asia
The ESCAP Committee on Transport, held in November 2010, requested the secretariat to work on an intergovernmental agreement on dry ports In this regard, ESCAP is organizing a "Subregional Meeting on the Development of Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports" for Central and North-East Asia in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan from 8 to 9 December. The Meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of Transport, Republic of Tajikistan. More than 20 Representatives from Central and North-East Asia countries will discuss a working draft of the agreement which will be further negotiated and considered by regional meetings in 2012.
|UNAPCAEM to Organize Regional Seminar on Rice Production and Mechanization
The UN Asian and Pacific Centre for Agricultural and Engineering Machinery (UNAPCAEM), a regional institute of ESCAP, will organize the Regional Seminar on Rice Production and Mechanization from 12 to 13 December in Sanya, China to address challenges involved in the mechanization of rice production as well as emerging issues of agricultural technology transfer faced by developing countries in the region. Participants from 12 Asia-Pacific countries as well as FAO and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will attend the seminar.
ESCAP Inaugurates its Sub-Regional Office for South and South-West Asia in New Delhi
The Sub-Regional Office for South and South-West Asia (SSWA) of ESCAP will be inaugurated on 15 and 16 December in New Delhi, India with a high level policy dialogue on Development Challenges facing the sub-region with noted thinkers and senior policy makers from around the region. The establishment of the ESCAP’s Regional Office in New Delhi is a result of the UN Secretary-General’s pledge to strengthen the UN’s development pillar and ESCAP’s endeavor to further enhance its assistance to member states in the sub-region in formulating and implementing inclusive and sustainable development policies for achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The Office will serve to facilitate the sharing of development experiences and promoting regional economic cooperation, as the sub-region emerges as one of the most dynamic regions of the world.
ESCAP to Organize Expert Group Meeting on Reducing Tsunami Risks in Asia-Pacific
ESCAP, in collaboration with the Cabinet Office of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Asia Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) and International Recovery Platform (IRP) are organizing the Second Expert Group Meeting on the Great East Japan Earthquake – Learning from the Mega-Tsunami Disaster, in Tokyo and Iwate prefecture in Japan from 16 to 18 December. The meeting will bring together policy makers and disaster experts in Japan and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss the lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake, recent policy changes, and findings from the technical committee under the Central Disaster Management Council. The meeting will also discuss the relevance of the Japanese experience in the international context with inputs and feedback of the experts from other countries. The outcomes of the meeting will be summarized in a report and shared with countries that are prone to tsunami and other natural hazards. The meeting is a part of ESCAP’s efforts aimed at reducing disaster risks in the Asia-Pacific region.
|WTO/ESCAP Workshop on Advanced Government Procurement for Asian Economies
ESCAP's Trade and Investment Division, in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO), is organizing a three-day workshop from 20 to 22 December at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. The theme for the workshop is "Government procurement as a tool for trade and development: relevance of the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) and policy considerations for Asian economies". The workshop will provide a forum for trade and procurement workshops from the region to exchange information on national, bilateral, regional and multilateral trade activities and initiatives in the area of government procurement. The workshop is expected to familiarize participants with WTO activities related to government procurement, including the role of GPA with regard to value for money,enhance their awareness of the disciplines and accession related aspects of the Agreement, in order to facilitate relevant policy development and decision making at the national and regional levels. More information and relevant documents may be accessed via: http://www.unescap.org/tid/projects/procure2011.asp.
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