Fortieth Session of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement Standing Committee, 9-11 April 2013
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP
), as the Secretariat to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA
), is organizing the fortieth session of the APTA Standing Committee
from 9 to 11 April 2013 at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok. Representatives from the focal point ministries of the Participating States of the APTA (Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka) have confirmed to participate in the Standing Committee session. The Committee will explore widening and deepening areas of South-South trade and investment cooperation and regional integration. This will include: Conclusion of Fourth Round Negotiations on Tariff Concessions; Ratification of Framework Agreement on Trade in Services; Roadmap for Negotiations on Trade Facilitation, Investment and Trade in Services; Product-Specific Rule and De Minimis Rule under APTA Rules of Origin; Information Exchange on Non-Tariff Measures; Progress on Mongolia's Accession to APTA. Participating States will also hold bilateral meetings to agree on the multilateralized concession list to expedite the conclusion of the current round of preferential tariff negotiations. Bilateral meetings are also held between the current Member States of the APTA and Mongolia to finalize Mongolia's accession to the Agreement by the fourth session of the APTA Ministerial Council, which is expected to be convened in June 2013 at Dhaka, Bangladesh, subject to the Standing Committee's decision.
|Mongolian Government and SRO-ENEA to collaborate on green growth training programme and consultation meeting, 10-12 April & 15-16 April 2013 |
In response to the request from the Mongolian Government in promoting and ensuring green development, the ESCAP East and North-East Asia (SRO-ENEA
) is working with the ESCAP Environment and Development Division to organize a training programme
on 10-12 April and follow-up five weeks of e-learning sessions
. There will also be a consultation meeting on 15-16 April in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to familiarize with the green growth concepts and polices and to develop and review a draft green development strategy, which will be submitted to the National Parliament this year.
|Workshop on Improving Integration of a Gender Perspective into Official Statistics, 16–19 April 2013
The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD
) and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP
), in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Government of Japan are organizing jointly a capacity building regional workshop for Asian countries on integrating a gender perspective into statistics
. This regional workshop will take place in Chiba, Japan from 16 to 19 April 2013. The purpose of the workshop is to present the newly developed UN manual by UNSD: Manual for Integrating a Gender Persp ective into Statistics and train national statisticians on the production and use of gender statistics from available data sources, including population censuses. Participants will also discuss ways to disseminate and communicate gender statistics and properly inform policies. The target participants are senior expert in charge of gender statistics and experts on population censuses, working in the national statistical office and data users from government ministries from 15 Asian countries.
Building Technical Capacity for WTO Accession of Afghanistan – Policy options and business interests on priority issues, 17-18 April 2013
Building on the success of an earlier capacity development programme for WTO Accession of Afghanistan held in August 2012, the ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office (SRO-SSWA
), together with the International Trade Centre (ITC) Geneva are organizing a follow-up programme focusing on priority sectoral issues, such as services to support WTO Accession of Afghanistan. The programme will take place at the ESCAP-SSWA Conference Centre in New Delhi on 17 and 18 April 2013. The programme is a part of continued efforts to improve the dialogue between public and private sector representatives on Afghanistan’s WTO accession. The priority issues to be addressed during the two-day event include: benefits and challenges of trade in services: liberalization and regulation (financial services, transport and energy services); and trade facilitation, including freedom of transit.
For more details about the programme, visit http://sswa.unescap.org/
|Launch of UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013, 18 April 2013
The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013, ESCAP flagship publication, provides policy options for governments to overcome challenges and maintain the pursuit of inclusive and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. This year’s edition is titled "Forward-looking Macroeconomic Policies for Inclusive and Sustainable Development,"
and looks at long term sustainable development policies for the Asia-Pacific region. The Survey will be launched in nearly 40 locations worldwide, with the main launch taking place in Beijing, China.
|Global Summit on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS), Plaza Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, 18-19 April, 2013
The World Health Organization and Health Metrics Network are hosting the Global Summit on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics
on 18-19 April at the Plaza Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, in collaboration with other UN organizations, including ESCAP and ECA
. The Global Summit will bring together over 200 high-level government representatives, international development partners, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations from each of the heath, civil registration and statistics sectors. Amongst the objectives of the summit are galvanizing multi-stakeholder support for civil registration and vital statistics to become a priority item in the development agenda and agreeing on the priority actions moving forward for development partners involved in civil registration and vital statistics, through a Bangkok Call to Action.
|Regional Workshop on Changes in 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA), 22-26 April 2013
The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) will conduct the sixth Regional Workshop on “Changes in 2008 SNA”, in collaboration with the Central Statistical Office (CSO) of India from 22–26 April 2013. The workshop will be conducted at the National Academy of Statistics Administration (NASA), in Greater Noida, India. The course is designed to provide a comprehensive view of the changes made in the 2008 SNA. The main objective of the course is to strengthen the capacity of national statistical offices in implementing the recommendations of 2008 SNA and reviewing the current compilation practices for improving the quality and coverage of national accounts statistics of the respective countries. The course is designed for middle-level government statisticians who perform tasks relating to compilation of national accounts.
Seminar on Cross-border Transport among China, Mongolia and Russian Federation, 23-24 April 2013
As part of its ongoing effort in promoting the use of the Asian Highway for cross-border transport in parallel with promotion of infrastructure development of the Asian Highway, ESCAP is organizing the Seminar on Cross-border Transport among China, Mongolia and the Russian Federation in Bangkok from 23 to 24 April 2013. The Seminar aims to share experience on the current status and prospects for the further development of cross-border transport by road between China, Mongolia and Russian Federation. It will also provide an opportunity for participants to review current legal frameworks for cross-border transport operations and discuss possible ways to use Asian Highway route AH (AH4) for cross-border transport between the three countries.
|Meeting on the Management of Statistical Information Systems (MSIS 2013), Paris and Bangkok, 23-25 April 2013
A Joint United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Eurostat, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), ESCAP Meeting on the Management of Statistical Information Systems (MSIS 2013) will be organized at the UNCC in Bangkok, from 23 to 25 April 2013. On the same dates OECD Headquarter in Paris will be hosting the European side of the meeting. The two venues will be connected through video conference link. The meeting will provide a unique opportunity for information technology experts from national statistical organizations in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific to review the latest developments in the area of the modernization of statistical production and services, and discuss how internet and related information technologies are reshaping the way official statistics are produced and disseminated. Through video-conferencing facilities, participants at the two venues will join each other in a number of common sessions of the meeting to exchange ideas and share experiences on the 4 topics: (i) Architecture (ii) Streamlining statistical production (iii) Innovation, and (iv) Collaboration.
The Seventh Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum in Asia and Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the Post 2015 development Agenda,
23-25 April 2013
The integrated event of the Seventh Regional EST Forum in Asia and Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the post 2015 Development Agenda will be held on 23-25 April 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. Under the theme of “Next Generation Transport System We Want for 21st Century - Looking Beyond Rio+20”, the Forum will discuss progress and achievements made by countries towards achieving the goals under the Bangkok 2020 Declaration as well as address EST in the context of follow-up to Rio+20. Together with this event, a Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the post 2015 Development Agenda will also be held on 25 April 2013 with the participation of government representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. It provides an opportunity to effectively utilize the annual Regional EST Forum in Asia to engage participants in the discussion on the contribution of sustainable transport to sustainable development and the possible development of a Sustainable Development Goal for Transport. ESCAP will actively engage in the event, which is being coordinated by the United Nations Center for Regional Development (UNCRD).
|69th ESCAP Commission Session, 25 April-1 May 2013
The 69th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 25 April to 1 May.
The Commission session will be comprised of two parts: the senior officials segment, from 25 to 27 April 2013; and the ministerial segment, from 29 April to 1 May 2013. The following high-level events are scheduled to be held during the ministerial segment:
- Ministerial Panel on Sustainable Development and the Development Agenda beyond 2015 (1030-1200 hours on Monday, 29 April 2013);
- Ministerial Round Table on the Theme Topic of the sixty-ninth Commission session (0900-1030 hours on Tuesday, 30 April 2013);
- High-level Panel on the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013 (1045-1200 hours on Tuesday, 30 April 2013);
- Executive Secretaries' Round Table on Interregional Cooperation (1030-1200 hours on Wednesday, 1 May 2013).
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