Regional Workshop to Enhance National Capacities to Produce and Use Vital Statistics
The ESCAP subsidiary Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP
) and the ESCAP Statistics Division
, in collaboration with Statistics Korea, will organize the Regional Workshop on Production and Use of Vital Statistics
in Daejeon, Republic of Korea from 3 to 7 September. Supporting the global initiative to accelerate improvement of civil registration and vital statistics, the workshop aims to improve the knowledge and skills of statisticians in national statistics office in producing, compiling and assessing the quality of vital statistics. The workshop also aims to enhance understanding of concepts, sources, methods and uses of statistics and indicators derived from vital statistics to strengthen the technical capacity to improve civil registration and vital statistics systems. Statisticians from China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Maldives, Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand are expected to attend the workshop.
|ESCAP to hold Expert Consultation on Connecting Asia-Pacific’s Digital Society for Building Resilience in Sri Lanka |
ESCAP, in partnership with the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL
) will organize the Regional Expert Consultation on Connecting Asia-Pacific’s Digital Society for Building Resilience
from 5 to 6 September in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The consultation, to be attended by ICT thought leaders from the private and public sectors as well as ESCAP, ICTA and UNCITRAL representatives, aims to share information and exchange views on expanding regional broadband connectivity for sustainable development. The focus will be on ICT innovations to enhance knowledge-networked societies and empower the poor and disadvantaged, as well as the importance of building regional connectivity along national information superhighways for infrastructure resilience.
|ESCAP to Convene Intergovernmental Meeting to Review Regional Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in Bangkok
ESCAP will convene the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on the Second Review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing
from 10 to 12 September at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok. The Madrid Plan of Action, adopted at the Second World Assembly on Ageing in April 2002, responds to opportunities and challenges of population ageing and promotes the development of a society for all ages.
Asia and the Pacific is experiencing unprecedented and profound population ageing with the proportion of older persons in the region projected to increase from the current one in 10 of the total population, to one in four by 2050. The Meeting will bring together about 100 senior officials and civil society representatives from over 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region to review achievements in the implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action, to consider population ageing challenges facing the region and to identify key areas for regional cooperation to strengthen implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action
. The outcome of the Meeting will represent the Asia-Pacific input for the second global review and appraisal to be conducted in early 2013.
Thirty-ninth Session of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) Standing Committee
ESCAP, as the Secretariat to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA
), is organizing the 39th session of the APTA Standing Committee
on 12 to 13 September at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok. Representatives from the focal point ministries of the Participating States (Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka) of the APTA are expected to attend. Participants will explore widening and deepening areas of cooperation and integration including: Conclusion of the fourth round of tariff concessions; mechanisms to address non-tariff measures; sectoral agreement of the Rules of Origin under the APTA; ratification of the Framework Agreements on trade facilitation, trade in services and investment; and increasing awareness and visibility of the APTA in the region, including the business sector under the Agreement. Participating States will also hold bilateral meetings with Mongolia in preparation for its accession to the APTA by the fourth session of the APTA Ministerial session, which is expected to be convened in December 2012 at Dhaka, Bangladesh.
|3rd International Forum: Energy for Sustainable Development to be held in Kyrgyzstan
and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic will jointly organize the 3rd International Forum: Energy for Sustainable Development
in Kyrgyzstan from 12 to 14 September. 2012. The Forum is the third in a series of International Energy Efficiency Forums following those held in Astana, Kazakhstan in 2010 and in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in 2011.
Under the theme, “Capacity building for energy efficiency and access to cleaner energy in Central Asia and neighbouring regions
”, the Forum is designed for policy makers and experts in the field of energy efficiency and sustainable use of energy, as well as economic and social development, governance, financing, and energy and utility infrastructure development. It will include a high-level round-table organized by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. The round-table will bring together ministers and high level officials of the government bodies responsible for energy and sustainable development in the countries of Central Asia and neighboring regions. The Forum will explore policies and legislation needed to support energy efficiency improvement and access to cleaner energy. Forum participants will discuss how to institute the necessary investment frameworks for energy efficiency and sustainable use of energy. Discussions will be enriched by presentations on relevant experiences and good practices from Europe, Asia and other regions of the world. Energy efficiency in buildings will also be extensively discussed at the Forum.
The geographic focus of the Forum, similar to that of the two previous Forums, is on Central Asia and its neighbouring regions. However participation is expected not only from Europe and Asia but from other regions of the world as well.
|ESCAP to Organize a Seminar Trade Policy Review Mechanism for Government Officials in ASEAN's LDCs in Bangkok
The Seminar on Trade Policy Review Mechanism for Government Officials in ASEAN's LDCs
will be co-organized by ESCAP and the Department of Trade Negotiations (DTN) of the Ministry of Commerce Thailand from 17 to 28 September in Bangkok. This two-week hands-on seminar intends to develop a good understanding of WTO Trade Policy Review (TPR
) Mechanism and to contribute to building capacity of relevant government departments of the ASEAN LDCs with respect to handling the preparation of Government report for the TPR as well as other related materials. In the first week, the seminar will take place at the DTN enabling sharing experiences that the Thai officials accumulated during the process of preparation of their TPR in the past, most recently in 2011. The second week's sessions will take place at ESCAP and will focus on evidence-based policy making including processes to be put in place in order to collect necessary quantitative and qualitative information necessary for preparation of Government Reports but also to improve the capacity of using TPR as a tool for trade reforms and adjustment of associated policies.
Workshop to strengthen national statistical capacities in East and Northeast Asia in Beijing
The ESCAP Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia (SRO-ENEA
) and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), China will organize the Workshop on Inclusive and Sustainable Development in East and Northeast Asia: Strengthening National Capacity to Produce and Use Statistical Information
in Beijing, China on 20 and 21 September. Building on the momentum created by the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the main objectives of the Workshop are to further discussion on different aspects of a good life today and in the future in East and Northeast Asia as well as to exchange views and best practices on the development and use of new measures of well-being for effective and accountable policy making.
|National Workshop to Strengthen Coordination Mechanisms for Trade and Transport Facilitation
ESCAP will organize the Workshop on Establishing and Strengthening National Coordination Mechanisms for Trade and Transport Facilitation on 26 September in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Using the recently published ‘Guidelines on Establishing and Strengthening of National Coordination Mechanisms for Trade and Transport Facilitation in ESCAP region’, the workshop will highlight the broad principles and major requirements for effective national coordination mechanisms. To be attended by government officials from the ministries of trade, commerce, transport and other relevant agencies, as well as private sector representatives, the workshop will also consider ways to strengthen the Government’s efforts to promote inter-agency coordination.
|ESCAP to Conduct Regional Workshop on Statistical Quality Management in Iran
The United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP
) and the ESCAP Statistics Division
, in collaboration with the Statistical Centre of Iran will conduct the Fifth Regional Workshop on Statistical Quality Management and Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics
from 30 September to 3 October in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran. The theme of the fifth in a series of statistical quality management regional courses/workshops conducted since 2005 is “National Quality Assurance Frameworks
”. It will bring together senior and middle-level managers of national statistical organizations in Asia and the Pacific that have existing quality frameworks and wish to review these through the lens of the generic national quality assurance framework (NQAF) template endorsed by the 43rd session of the United Nations Statistical Commission held in February 2012. It will also be of interest to managers of statistical organizations wishing to implement an NQAF.
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