High-Level Policy Dialogue to Review Lessons from the Asia-Pacific Region’s Resilience During the Global Financial Crisis
ESCAP, jointly with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the central bank of the Philippines, is organizing a high-level regional policy dialogue titled Asia-Pacific economies after the global financial crisis: Lessons learnt, challenges for building resilience, and issues for global reform from 6 to 8 September in Manila, Philippines. High-level government officials and experts from over 20 Asia-Pacific countries attending the forum will discuss the handling of the financial crisis by different countries and look into the sources of the region's resilience in order to draw lessons for the future. The meeting will also address challenges facing the region in the form of food price volatility and inflation, high capital flows and rebalancing growth. The forum will include a session on the Asia-Pacific perspective on the G20 agenda for sustaining strong and balanced growth.
|UN Asia-Pacific ICT Hub to Organize Capacity Building Workshops in Central Asia |
The ESCAP subsidiary Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT
), in partnership with the Central Asian Research and Education Network (CAREN) and the National Information Technology Centre of Kyrgyzstan (NITC) will organize the First Sub-regional Training of Trainers Workshop in Kyrgyzstan
from 7 to 9 September. Trainers, professors and educators from Armenia and Azerbaijan and from CAREN member states Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan will attend the workshop which will deliver the latest training modules of the APCICT “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders” (Academy) programme on disaster risk management and climate change. The workshop aims to enhance subregional capacity in the use of ICT to better manage disaster risk and address the challenge of climate change. Following this, APCICT, in partnership with the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation (OSI-AF), the Tajik Academician Research and Educational Network Association (TARENA) and the Association of Internet Service Providers will deliver three Academy modules from 13 to 17 September in Tajikistan. These include e-Government Applications; ICT Project Management in Theory and Practice; and Options for Funding ICT for Development.
|Country-launches of 2011 Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report|
Following the recent launch of the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR) 2011 - Post-crisis trade and investment opportunities
, ESCAP's Trade and Investment Division, in collaboration with institutional members of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT
), is undertaking a series of country-level launches in the region through special workshops and panel discussions. These forums will provide a platform to share the major findings of APTIR 2011, with policy makers, the research community, as well as civil society stakeholders in the region. Launches in the Philippines (8 September), Nepal (9 September), Sri Lanka (12 September), Malaysia (14 September), and Bangladesh (21 September) will enable ESCAP and ARTNeT members to demonstrate how the information and recommendations contained in APTIR 2011 can support evidence-based policy making. The Report is available at http://www.unescap.org/tid/ti_report2011/aptir.asp
ESCAP to Partner UNECE and Government of Tajikistan in Holding International Energy Efficiency Forum
The Second International Energy Efficiency Forum
(IEEF2) will be jointly organized by the Government of Tajikistan, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE
) and ESCAP from 12 to 14 September in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The Forum will review issues such as development of policies and legislation to facilitate market formation for energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) technologies, financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Although the geographical focus of IEEF2 will be Northern and Central Asia, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, it will also offer a platform to share experiences in overcoming barriers to energy efficiency from other regions of the world. For more details on IEEF2, see
|WTO and ESCAP Promote Capacity Building in Trade Research
Over thirty-five junior researchers and policy makers from across the Asia-Pacific region will attend a capacity building workshop
from 12 to 16 September in Yogyakarta, Indonesia organized by the ARTNeT secretariat at ESCAP's Trade and Investment Division and the World Trade Organization (WTO
), in collaboration with Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. The workshop will review "new new" trade theory and the use of micro-level data in empirical research of trade related issues, in order to enable developing countries' analysts to build datasets and perform high level analysis that are necessary for understanding the constraints to doing business in general, and to exports. More information and relevant documents for this workshop may be accessed via the ESCAP website: http://www.unescap.org/tid/artnet/mtg/cbtr7.asp
|South and South-West Asian Countries to Discuss Draft Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports
ESCAP in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications, Bangladesh will organize the Subregional Meeting on the Development of Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 13 and 14 September. Representatives of South and South-West Asian countries will discuss a working draft of the agreement to be further negotiated and considered by regional meetings in 2012.
|Asian Policymakers to Discuss Ways to Integrate MDGs in National Development Strategies
Thirty senior and mid-level policymakers from South, South-East, East and North-East Asia along with representatives from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will meet in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 14 to 16 September to share experiences and identify concrete guidelines for integrating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in national development strategies, particularly those promoting poverty and health-related MDGs. Delegates from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam and the host country will attend the Subregional Workshop for LDCs in Achieving MDGs as Part of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (South-East Asia/East and North-East Asia) being organized by the Countries with Special Needs Section of the ESCAP Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division, in collaboration with the ESCAP Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia based in Incheon. The workshop aims to support development and implementation of MDG-based national development strategies through sharing good practices and lessons identified during the “Partnership Dialogue on Developing and Implementing MDG-based National Development Strategies in Asia-Pacific Countries” held in December 2010 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Expert Group Meeting to Review Monitoring of Investment and Results (MIR) in the Asia-Pacific Water Sector
ESCAP, in collaboration with the Global Water Partnership-Southeast Asia (GWP-SEA), is organizing the Third Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Monitoring of Investment and Results (MIR) in the Water Sector in Asia and the Pacific on 22 and 23 September in Bangkok, Thailand. A key tool in tracking sectoral progress, the MIR in the water sector covers issues relating to water supply for domestic, industrial and agricultural use, flood mitigation, environmental needs and governance requirements, as well as advocacy and awareness in a rapidly urbanizing world marked by increased industrialization and extensive and intensive agriculture. The EGM will review MIR modalities in the Asia-Pacific water sector and discuss possible generic "Strategic Framework of Action Plans" on MIR in the water sector. The outputs of the meeting will set the context for the discussion on MIR at the Second Asia Pacific Water Summit to be co-organized by the Royal Thai Government and Asia Pacific Water Forum (APWF) in Bangkok in February 2012.
|UN Forum to Discuss Barriers to Transfer and Utilization of Renewable Energy in Asia and the Pacific
Representatives from the business sector and Asia-Pacific renewable energy support institutions will attend the Business-to-Business Forum on the theme “Fostering Business Partnerships to Promote the Adoption and Utilization of Renewable Energy Technologies” being organized by the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of ESCAP in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 22 and 23 September. Participants will share experiences on overcoming barriers to the commercialization of renewable energy technologies in the region at the forum which aims to promote transfer and utilization of renewable energy technologies in the region. The forum will also provide an opportunity to participating countries to explore opportunities for business partnerships with Sri Lankan firms in the renewable energy sector.
Energy experts to deliberate on Key Issues for Sustainable Energy Development in Asia and the Pacific
Energy experts from Asia-Pacific countries will meet in Bangkok, Thailand from 27 to 29 September to discuss key issues in enhancing regional energy security in the context of sustainable development. The Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Energy Development in Asia and the Pacific being organized by ESCAP aims to identify agents driving regional cooperation on energy security. The meeting will discuss issues such as widening access to energy services, energy efficiency and renewable energy. The outcome of the meeting will guide discussions at the ministerial-level “Asian and the Pacific Energy Forum (APEF)” to be organized in 2013 by ESCAP and partners which is being held pursuant to the 67th ESCAP Commission Session resolution on “Promoting regional cooperation for enhanced energy security and the sustainable use of energy in Asia and the Pacific.”
|Asia-Pacific Road Safety Experts to Monitor Progress and Review Challenges to Regional Road Safety
Asia-Pacific Road safety experts will attend the Expert Group Meeting on Progress in Road Safety Improvement in Asia and the Pacific being organized ESCAP from 27 to 29 September at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Focusing on issues and challenges related to road safety data systems, and monitoring of progress in global and regional road safety goals and targets, the meeting is part of activities being organized during the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 which aims to stabilize and reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world.
|Meeting to Review Progress in Implementation of Intergovernmental Agreement on the Asian Highway |
ESCAP will organize the Fourth Meeting of the Working Group on the Asian Highway on 27 and 28 September in Bangkok, Thailand to review the implementation of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Asian Highway Network which came into force in July 2005. At present, there are 29 signatories and 28 Parties to the Agreement. The Working Group provides a forum for member States to discuss progress in development policies and issues relating to international road transport.
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