First RAP Regional Workshop on Building Training Resources for Improving Agricultural and Rural Statistics: Towards Country-Specific Minimum Set of Core Data,
5-9 August 2013, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP-SIAP), with RAP implementing partners, is going to conduct the First RAP Regional Workshop on Building Training Resources for Improving Agricultural and Rural Statistics in collaboration with Statistics Korea from 5th to 9th August 2013 in Daejeon, Republic of Korea. This regional workshop focuses on providing training support to assist countries in determining country-specific minimum core sets of agriculture and rural statistics. The workshop is designed for senior-level government officials from national statistics offices or statistical units of ministries of agriculture who are in positions that entail designing, organizing and conducting trainings for those who manage, supervise and perform tasks relating to collection and compilation of agricultural and rural statistics. The workshop aims to assist countries in the process of identifying, prioritizing and producing a country-specific minimum set of core data items by strengthening their capacity to provide training to users and producers. Specifically, the workshop will provide a comprehensive view of the underlying rationale of the minimum set of core data items spelled out in the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (FAO, 2010). The workshop aims to come up with effective strategies as well as design suitable training syllabus and course on the minimum set of core data items that will assist the participants’ respective countries in identifying country-specific minimum sets.
|Sub-regional Training on Using Population Census Data for Sub-National Planning and Decision Making: Thematic Analysis on Youth,
5-9 August 2013, Suva, Fiji |
The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP-SIAP), United Nations Population Fund, Asia and the Pacific Regional Office, and the ESCAP Pacific Office in collaboration with the University of South Pacific (USP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community are conducting a sub-regional training on “Using Population Census Data for Sub-National Planning and Decision Making: Thematic Analysis on Youth” to be held from 5 to 9 August 2013 in Suva, Fiji. The main objective of the training is to enhance skills of official statisticians and planners/policy makers in using population and housing census data in support of national and sub-national planning and policymaking on issues that affect youth.
|North-East Asia Forum on Trade and Transport Facilitation, 6-7 August 2013, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Following the first North-East Asia Forum on Trade and Transport Facilitation that was held last year in Seoul, Republic of Korea, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office and the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) will jointly organize the upcoming forum on 6 August 2013. This year's forum will focus on issues of trade financing and facilitation. It aims to bring together public and private sector stakeholders from North-East Asia, including China, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation, to share perspectives and practices on trade and transport facilitation and develop recommendations for closer cooperation. The Forum consists of the two meetings: 1) Seminar on Trade Financing and Facilitation for Regional Integration; and 2) Meeting of the GTI Trade Facilitation Committee.
|APCICT hosts Nigerian government officials and international graduate students for training on e-government, 13 August 2013, Incheon, Republic of Korea
On 13 August 2013, APCICT will welcome 15 government officials and experts from Nigeria, and 20 international graduate students from 15 countries to a one-day training workshop on the “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders” (Academy), the Centre’s flagship training programme. The workshop will focus on Academy Module 3 - e-Government Applications, and will be delivered by the original author, Dr. Nag Yeon Lee. The module will examine key concepts and principles of e-government systems, and current ICT applications that are relevant for policy makers. The 1-day workshop at APCICT is part of a 3-week e-Government Capacity Development Programme (4-23 August 2013) organized in partnership with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Sungkyunkwan University, through its Global e-Policy and e-Government Institute. The 15 Nigerian government officials and experts attending the 3-week programme will engage in a variety of activities designed to enhance their capacities for developing e-government policies and projects. The 20 international graduate students are government officials from 15 countries across the Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle-East and Latin America enrolled in the Global Masters in Public Administration programme at Sungkyunkwan University.
South Asia Policy Dialogue on Regional Cooperation for Strengthening National Food Security Strategies, 13-14 August 2013, New Delhi
Pursuant to the United Nations Secretary-General’s “Zero Hunger Challenge” initiative, development partners all over the world have been scaling up efforts to eliminate hunger. Reducing hunger and malnutrition is also a key target of the first Millennium Development Goal on eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. South and South-West Asia epitomizes the challenge of food security, both in terms of the present gaps and future challenges for its population. Food insecurity and hunger are enormously prevalent within the subregion and is evidence of the utter lack of inclusive development. Even more worrisome is the fact that progress in achieving food security has stalled, in spite of improvements in other dimensions of economic prosperity. The ESCAP-South and South-West Asia Office based in New Delhi, in partnership with ESCAP headquarters and the ESCAP Centre for Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) based in Bogor, Indonesia, is organizing the South Asia Policy Dialogue on Regional Cooperation for Strengthening National Food Security Strategies
on 13 and 14 August 2013 in New Delhi. The Policy Dialogue is also being convened as part of the United Nations Development Account project entitled “Strengthening regional knowledge networks to promote the effective implementation of the United Nations development agenda and to assess progress”, which ESCAP is implementing in Asia and the Pacific. The project aims to build upon existing networks to create a regional knowledge network of food security experts and policy makers, and to ultimately provide a virtual platform that will be available to all to facilitate the sharing of ideas and good practices to enhance food security. Food security experts from Governments, research organizations, regional and international organizations and civil society from five countries in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) are expected to take part in the Dialogue.
|ESCAP convenes national consultation on strengthening social protection in Viet Nam, 15 August 2013, Hanoi
Experts on social protection from the Government, academia, civil society and relevant international organizations will meet in Hanoi on 15 August at the national consultation on Strengthening Social Protection in Viet Nam. The consultation, organised by ESCAP in partnership with the Institute of Social and Medical Studies in Hanoi, will review and provide feedback on the preliminary research findings of the national study on how to provide social protection to migrants in Viet Nam. The consultation concludes the series of six national consultations in Asia-Pacific that were held within the framework of the Development Account project on Strengthening Social Protection. The research results will be integrated into a practical and policy-oriented online “toolbox”. By providing support to national level initiatives, promoting the exchange of experiences and capacity-building, this toolbox will seek to generate political will and public consensus for creating broader and more robust social protection systems.
|Consultation Meeting on Subregional Cooperation in East and North-East Asia, 16-17 August 2013, Vladivostok, Russian Federation
ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office (ENEA) is organizing a Consultation Meeting on Subregional Cooperation in East and North-East Asia, 16-17 August 2013, Vladivostok, Russian Federation. This Meeting will bring the Governments and other major stakeholders together to discuss subregional challenges and ways to address development needs as well as on-going agendas of multilateral cooperation in the subregion. The first day of the meeting will be combined with the 22nd Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF) with sessions on Regional Economic Cooperation, Energy and Environment, and Transportation and Logistics: Cross-Border Infrastructure Development. The second day will focus on the programme of ENEA Office, subregional partnership as well as regional connectivity and integration from the North-East Asia perspective. The latter will feed into the theme topic of ESCAP seventieth session “Regional connectivity for shared prosperity.”
|First Group Training Course on Improving Capability in Producing Official Statistics Relating to MDGs Indicators (ICPOS-1), 18 August-21 December 2013, Chiba, Japan
The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP-SIAP), in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will conduct the core phase of the First Group Training Course in Improving Capability in Producing Official Statistics Relating to MDGs Indicators (ICPOS-1) in Chiba, Japan from 18 August to 21 December 2013. This course is designed for junior- to middle- level government statisticians who have been working at least 5 years in national statistical offices or government offices engaged in statistical work. For the course, we are expecting 15 participants from eight countries now, namely: Afghanistan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Marshall Islands, Myanmar, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Viet Nam. This course covers basic theories and skills for production of MDG-related official statistics including economic statistics, environment statistics and population and social statistics. Under the guidance of the course training team, participants acquire knowledge and improve their skills through a mix of lectures, participant presentations, group work, hands-on exercises and field visits. The core phase is preceded by the Preparatory e-Learning Course on Basic Statistics, which has been conducted since 15 July 2013. The objective of the e-learning course is to ensure that participants of ICPOS-1 are equipped with knowledge and skills on basic statistical concepts and methods necessary for progressing through the course.
Nominations for the ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for disability-inclusive business in Asia and the Pacific close on 19 August 2013
The ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for disability-inclusive business in Asia and the Pacific will recognize businesses that provide enabling working environments, deliver inclusive products and services and/or are innovative in their approach to disability inclusiveness. The award is open to entrepreneurs, national enterprises and multinational enterprises based and operating in any of the 58 countries and territories of the ESCAP region. All winners will receive public recognition for their excellence and innovation in the field of disability-inclusive business. The winner of the entrepreneurial business category will also receive a grant of between USD$50,000 and $100,000. The first Award will be given on 3 December 2013 in conjunction with the commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Nominations will be accepted until 19 August 2013. Please visit www.di-business-award.com/apply or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|Subregional Youth Forum on the Implementation of Rio+20, 19-21 August 2013, Vladivostok, Russian Federation
The East and North-East Asia (ENEA) Office is implementing a three-year project (2011-2013) to promote youth participation in policy-making. As part of this project, this event is in collaboration with the Subregional Office for North and Central Asia (NCA) from 19-21 August 2013 at Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky Island, Vladivostok, Russian Federation. Youths across the two subregions will gather for three days to enhance mutual understanding and subregional cooperation through discussion of topics relevant to them, their countries and subregions. The Forum will be attended by 34 participants from 11 countries, including China, Russia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. They will discuss what youth can do to implement the outcome of Rio+20 in both ENEA and NCA subregions, especially pertaining to the three areas chosen by the participants: Water and Sanitation; Sustainable Cities and Human Habitat; and Education for Sustainable Development. The aim of the discussions is to make a “Roadmap of Youth Actions in ENEA and NCA.” The first activity of the project was a subregional youth forum with 68 youths from the member States of ENEA in August 2011 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. As part of the second year activity, the Office partnered with UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, Korea Network of the UN Global Compact, and Korea University Graduate School of International Studies in co-organizing the North-East Asian Youth Conference: The World We Want Post-2015 in January 2013 in Seoul.
Training of Trainers Programme on WTO and Trade Related Issues, 19-23 August 2013, Yangon
ESCAP in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce, Government of Myanmar, Trade Training Institute, Yangon and the Centre for WTO Studies, India is organising a “Training of Trainers Programme on WTO and Trade Related Issues” in Yangon from 19 to 23 August 2013. The objective of the training programme is to build in-house capacity in Myanmar regarding the understanding and analysis of WTO Agreements and their implications. The training will provide an introduction to WTO Agreements as well as guidance on negotiations under the Doha Round. In addition, there will be hands-on exercises relating to tariff simulations.
|APCICT organizes a National Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop, 20-23 August 2013, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
On 20-23 August, APCICT will organize a National Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop on the ‘Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders’ (Academy) and the ‘Primer Series on ICTD for Youth’ (Primer Series) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Organized in partnership with Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation and the Association of Internet Service Providers of Tajikistan, the workshop will consist of three parallel tracks. While the first track will cover Primer Series Issue 1, “An Introduction to ICT for Development”, the second and third tracks will deliver three modules of the Academy programme, namely, ‘ICT for Disaster Risk Management’ (Module 9) and ‘ICT, Climate Change and Green Growth’ (Module 10), and “Social Media for Development (Module 11). The workshop will be attended by around 150 government officials, university faculty members, and media professionals from Tajikistan including 2 participants from Turkmenistan. The Academy and the Primer Series are APCICT’s flagship training programmes designed to impart requisite knowledge for leveraging the potential of ICTs for achieving national development goals. While the Primer Series aims to serve as a tool to help educators fill the current gap in ICTD coverage in universities, the Academy is designed to equip government officials with requisite knowledge and skills for ICTD. The workshop will provide participants with necessary training to enable them to serve as resource persons and champions of the Academy and the Primer Series in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Participants will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on Primer 3 - ‘ICT for Disaster Risk Management, and Primer 4 - ‘An Introduction to ICT, Climate Change and Green Growth’ which are currently under development.
|Asia-Pacific Ministerial Dialogue: From the Millennium Development Goals to the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015, 26-28 August 2013, Bangkok
The Asia-Pacific Ministerial Dialogue: From the Millennium Development Goals to the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015
will be the first regional Ministerial-level event to discuss the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015 following the release of the report of the Secretary-General's High-level Panel of Eminent Persons. With the General Assembly preparing to consider this report at its sixty-eighth session and move towards finalizing a United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015, such a regional dialogue could not be timelier for the countries of the region to articulate their concerns and aspirations. The Dialogue will also benefit from the leadership role that regionally-based civil society organizations have played in spelling out civil society perspectives on this global effort, as well as the increasing experience of the private sector in seeking triple bottom-line business outcomes. For more information, please visit: http://apmd2013.unescap.org
|ESCAP policy dialogue to focus on macroeconomic challenges in North and Central Asia, 27-28 August 2013, Almaty, Kazakhstan
ESCAP is organizing a high-level policy dialogue “Macroeconomic policies for sustainable and resilient growth in North and Central Asia” on 27-28 August 2013 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in collaboration with the National Bank of Kazakhstan. North and Central Asian economies face a challenging task of not only sustaining high growth but also making growth more inclusive, broad-based and resilient. The Almaty policy dialogue will provide a timely platform for finance ministers, central bank governors, other policy makers, experts and diverse stakeholders to address the challenges of growth, stability, diversification and jobs, and take a fresh look at how macroeconomic policy tools could better serve national development agendas. At the same time, it will explore challenges and opportunities in enhancing the productive capacity and connectivity of Landlocked Developing Countries.
|APCICT releases the ‘Monitoring and Evaluation Case Studies’ of the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders
APCICT will release the ‘Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Case Studies’ of the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders
, its flagship training programme. The M&E Case Studies has been developed as a follow-up publication to the recently launched ‘Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Toolkit’. The publication will be made available online at the UN APCICT’s website (www.unapcict.org
). ‘Monitoring and Evaluation Case Studies’, the latest addition to M&E resources for the Academy, represents continued efforts by APCICT to enhance the monitoring and evaluation of the Academy programme and thus to improve its delivery at the national level. The ‘Monitoring and Evaluation Case Studies’ documents the field testing experience of the M&E Toolkit by partners implementing the Academy programme in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Tajikistan. The field test was undertaken by select implementing partners to assess the practical application of the Toolkit at the national level. The case study exercise enabled partners to fine-tune the M&E Toolkit customizing it for their own contexts, and obtain feedback and lessons learned. The Case Studies are expected to serve as references for other countries in their roll-out of the M&E Toolkit.
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