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Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) – Deadline 19 October 2021

Submitted by NNARONGKAC on Fri, 08/10/2021 - 11:39
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To develop an e-learning course on Climate-Smart Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development, based on the ESCAP-UNCTAD-UNEP Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2021

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Background

As part implementation of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Subprogramme 2, the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division of ESCAP Secretariat, in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has prepared the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2021 on Accelerating Climate-Smart Trade and Investment in Asia and the Pacific (APTIR 2021).

As part enhancing the promotion and dissemination of the flagship report, a consultant with expertise on trade and climate change issues will develop and deliver an e-learning course based on APTIR. While the course should be based on APTIR 2021 – and be consistent with its key messages, other reading/substantive material could be included, including publication/reports by the selected consultants as well as other authors and international organizations. Target of the course would be policy makers as well as students of international trade and development (the course material should be designed in such a way that it may become part of relevant academic courses/ programmes as an assignment or for extra credits).

Work assignment and requirements for the consultancy

The outputs of this assignment consist of:

(a) preparation of a draft annotated course outline

(b) on the basis of a revised and agreed course outline, develop 7 draft ppt-based video modules of 10-15 mn each ppts with full script, reading list, and draft testing material (bank of quiz questions; tentatively 2 quizzes of 22 questions each);

(c) Incorporate feedback received from ESCAP, UNCTAD, UNEP and other course stakeholders in the modules/scripts/ quizzes;

(d) Facilitate 2 online live sessions of 90 mn each to elaborate on video recorded ppts and answer questions from participants to a first/pilot course organized by the Secretariat and enable interactions with invited guest speakers during these live sessions.

(e) Finalize ppt-based modules and quiz material based on feedback from first course.

The consultant is expected to carry out the assignment during the period of December 2021 - May 2022.

A minimum 3-year work experience in the area of international trade and climate change/the environment, or closely related field, is required (7-year or more is preferred). A graduate degree in a related field is required (PhD preferred). Having existing publications and teaching experience in this area is preferred. While the course if expected to be of global scope, experience and knowledge of the Asia and the Pacific region is preferred.

Consultancy fee expected to range from 8-16,000 USD, depending on experience of the consultant and final agreed scope of work. Authorship of the course will be acknowledged and recognized - including of the institution the selected consultant may be affiliated with, as appropriate.

EOI Submission (As soon as possible; deadline: Monday 19 October 2021)

Individuals with relevant expertise are invited to submit EOIs to Mr. Yann Duval, Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, United Nations ESCAP ([email protected] ) with a copy to Mr. Alexey Kravchenko ([email protected]).

The EOIs should include:

(1) A short email expressing interest, highlighting previous work experience, other related assignments, training or any useful experience relevant to the assignment;

(2) Curriculum Vitae (CV), and any other evidence of relevant work.

Please note that only selected candidate(s) would be contacted.

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Call for Research Proposals (Deadline: 20 August 2021)

Submitted by NNARONGKAC on Mon, 02/08/2021 - 11:04
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ESCAP-WHO Research Initiative on From Lab to Jab: Improving Asia-Pacific’s Readiness to Produce and Deliver Vaccines

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that trade and transport play a key role in fighting the pandemic. Open trade in vaccine inputs and capital goods as well as the smooth transfer of knowledge and knowhow are needed to quickly ramp up vaccine production. Transportation is key factor to distribute vaccines across and within countries. Finally, all policy actions should be based on a wide engagement process.

In that context, the ESCAP Secretariat together with the World Health Organization (WHO) invite interested researchers and practitioners to make proposals to carry out studies in the eight thematic areas that cover various dimensions of assessing the regional capacity of  vaccine production and delivery, starting from research and development, manufacturing, trade, distribution and access to vaccine:

PRIORITY RESEARCH AREAS/TOPICS

1. Research and Development in Vaccines in the Asia-Pacific:  State of Play and the Potential

2. Asia-Pacific in the Manufacturing and Global Supply Chains of Vaccines

3. Intellectual Property and Vaccine Manufacturing in Asia-Pacific region

4. Trade and Trade Barriers in Vaccines and Inputs to Vaccine Production in Asia-Pacific region

5. Regulatory Harmonization and Cooperation in Vaccines in Asia-Pacific region

6. International Transport and Logistics of Vaccines Across Borders: the case of Asia-Pacific region

7. Providing Equitable Access to Vaccines Within Countries: the case of Asia-Pacific region

8. Accelerating the development and distribution of vaccines in Asia and the Pacific: the roles of finance

RESEARCH DURATION, BENEFIT AND OUTPUTS:

1. Duration: 1 October 2021 - 31 March 2022

2. Outputs: A research paper on one of the prioritized research topics (tentatively 8,000-12,000 words, excluding annexes) and a policy checklist for a country’s self-assessment based on research results.

3. Consultancy fee: Depending on the proposal scope, methodology and experience of the researcher

4. Other benefits for selected proposals

  • Presentation of findings in UN ESCAP-WHO events on “Improving Asia-Pacific’s Readiness to Produce and Deliver Vaccines”, where relevant;
  • Publication of research findings in UN publications or through ESCAP regional networks, including ARTNeT and UNNExT, where relevant and suitable.

RESEARCH PROPOSALS SUBMISSION

Please apply as soon as possible; deadline: 20 August 2021 Individual(s) with relevant expertise are invited to submit research proposals to Ms. Witada Anukoonwattaka ([email protected]) and Mr. Matthias Helble ([email protected]) with a copy to Ms. Nattabhon Narongkachavana ([email protected])  

As some topics are related to each other, applicants may combine some of the listed topics in a proposal. The submissions should include:

1. An email expressing interest in one or more of the listed research topics;

2. In 500 words or less, a research proposal, including 1) summary of the research, including scope, methodology, and detailed tentative outline of the paper, 2) research schedule/timeline, and 3) main expected outcome/finding/recommendation, and;

3. Curriculum Vitae (CV), and any other evidence of relevant work.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The criteria used to evaluate the proposals will be based on feasibility of the proposed research plan (75%), with heavy bearing on expected outcome/findings: and previous work experience of applicant(s) in the areas related to the research topic (25%).

Notes:

1. Only selected candidate(s) would be contacted. If there is no feasible proposal on certain topic, research on that topic would NOT be carried out.

2. Considering specialized nature of topics, successful proposals are expected to come from researchers who already have work/research experience in the area.

3. You are welcome to make a proposal of your research jointly with other researchers and/or practitioners to maximize synergy and complementarity of expertise.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Should you have any questions, please email Ms. Witada Anukoonwattaka ([email protected]) with a copy to Ms. Nattabhon Narongkachavana ([email protected]

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Strengthening Cross-sectoral Linkages towards Resilient Connectivity

Submitted by JSHIN2 on Wed, 30/06/2021 - 12:07
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The 2nd ESCAP-GTI Seminar on Transport Issues in North-East Asia was held virtually on 30 June 2021 with the theme focused on transport’s cross-sectoral linkages towards resilient connectivity. The Seminar, organized annually in conjunction with Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) Transport Board meetings, provided a platform to jointly engage GTI sectoral bodies on transport and trade issues of common interests and present perspectives on areas of coordination on subregional connectivity involving transport and trade facilitation. GTI sectoral bodies also shared their insights on how cross-sectoral linkages on connectivity can be strengthened in North-East Asia through the GTI platform.

 

The broad-based engagement is timely following lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic when the need for closer cross-sectoral coordination was reinforced. Strengthening cross-sectoral linkages also align with the directions of expanding cooperation areas within the GTI platform. ESCAP works in partnership with GTI to promote sustainable economic development through regional cooperation and integration in line with the ESCAP-GTI Memorandum of Understanding.  

 

Seminar presentations and recording are available at:

https://www.unescap.org/events/2021/2nd-escap-gti-seminar-transport-issues-north-east-asia

 

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Promoting Gender Equality in the Technology Industry

Submitted by CMANSHOV on Wed, 26/05/2021 - 16:37
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To bridge the gender digital gap amid the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) East and North-East Asia Office, in cooperation with Social Development Division and Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, held an Expert Group Meeting on Gender Equality in the Technology Industry to discuss how national policies and company initiatives could accelerate the achievement of gender equality in the technology industry. The meeting was attended by various stakeholders including government representatives, the private sector, civil society organizations, academia, international organizations, etc.

During the meeting, the publication “The Future is Equal: Gender Equality in the Technology Industry” developed by ESCAP, in partnership with Korea Center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, Center for Gender Equality of Nagoya University and Ladies Who Tech, was launched. The report and the meeting provide useful references to member States in the region in advancing women’s rights and representation in the technology industry, thereby contributing to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

The report is available at: https://bit.ly/GenderInTech_Report

For more information on the meeting, please visit https://www.unescap.org/events/2021/expert-group-meeting-gender-equality-technology-industry

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Leveraging Technology for the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing

Submitted by SCHANCHA1 on Mon, 10/05/2021 - 09:41
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To overcome the challenges and grasp the opportunities presented by population ageing, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) East and North-East Asia Office, in cooperation with Social Development Division, held an Expert Group Meeting on Technology for Active ageing to discuss the utilization of technology to support older persons, and national policy and regional cooperation on technology for ageing societies. The meeting was attended by various stakeholders including government representatives, civil society organizations, academia, international organizations, etc.

During the meeting, the publication “Leveraging Technology for the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing: Experiences of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea” developed by ESCAP, in partnership with China National Committee on Ageing, China Research Center on Ageing, Japan Center for International Exchange, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Our Hong Kong Foundation and United Nations Population Fund China, was launched. The report and the meeting provide timely contributions to the fourth review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) as the national and regional processes start in 2021 and 2022 respectively, thereby accelerating the implementation of the MIPA with the help of technology.

The report is available at: https://bit.ly/TechForAgeing_Report

For more information on the meeting, please visit https://www.unescap.org/events/2021/expert-group-meeting-technology-active-ageing

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APDIM Call for Photography 2021: Living with Sand and Dust Storms

Submitted by CMANSHOV on Fri, 07/05/2021 - 14:03
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The Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) is inviting you to share photos showing how you see “Living with Sand and Dust Storms” through your lens. Your photos can show the sand and dust storms phenomenon or the impact of sand and dust storms on socio-economic and environmental sectors including agriculture, cities, energy, environment, human health, and transport.

The photo collection will be used for awareness-raising through APDIM website, social media, events, and webinars as well as analytical publications. The selected photos will be exhibited during webinars on the subject and will be promoted among other UN agencies and showcased at high-level expert and intergovernmental meetings.  The best photos will also be featured in the Sand and Dust Storms Risk Assessment in Asia and the Pacific report.

Please note to include your contact and information including social media accounts so that we can credit you appropriately. All photos must be captioned, including the title, location, and date when the photograph was taken.  Submission must be by the photographer of the photo.

The call is open to both amateur and professional photographers, who have reached the age of 18 at the time of entering the contest and upon acceptance of terms and conditions below.

Please send your photos to: [email protected]  by 21 May 2021.

Why Sand and Dust Storms?

Sand and dust storms present a formidable challenge to sustainable development, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions. Globally, more than 150 countries are affected directly by such storms. The impacts are large scale and affect a range of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to human health, productivity, agriculture, and infrastructure (transport). Reducing the harmful impacts of sand and dust storms will be an important component for the success of multiple SDGs.

The risk belts that comprise source and impacted regions stretch from the tropical and subtropical deserts of the Sahara through the Middle East to the Great Indian Desert and the mid-latitude deserts of Central Asia, China, and Mongolia. With such a wide transboundary impact, managing the sand and dust storm risks requires both global and regional cooperation.

Sand and dust storms photography is one of the strongest and unique ways to convey your message on the negative impact of sand and dust storms through a universal visual language that can be interpreted into something that most people understand and have felt.

APDIM Role in Combating Sand and Dust Storms in Asia and the Pacific

The Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) is a subsidiary body of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). APDIM supports regional cooperation mechanisms for slow-onset disasters including sand and dust storms – involving member countries from West, South West and Central Asia. As one of the members of UN Coalition to UN Coalition on Combatting Sand and Dust Storms APDIM works closely with its key partners including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other members of the UN Coalition on Combating Sand and Dust Storms to combat the negative impact of this hazard. 

Specifications for submitted photos

The photo(s) must be submitted as a high-resolution JPEG (as high as your camera will allow). If you do not have a camera of a high quality please still submit your photos but be aware that they will be ineligible to appear in the printed Report but might be used for other awareness-raising purposes.

Basic editing, including colour enhancement, the use of filters, and cropping of the Photo(s) is acceptable, provided any such editing does not affect the authenticity and/or genuineness of the Photo(s). Advanced editing used to create illusions, deceptions and/or manipulations, and the adding and removing of significant elements and watermarks within the frame is prohibited. Stitched panoramas, either produced in-camera or with image editing software is allowed but must be mentioned while submitting the photo(s).

Contact us: [email protected]

Terms and Conditions

  • The deadline to submit photos is 21 May 2021.
  • The purpose of this call is solely to raise awareness and no prize will be offered to the photos submitted to this call. The best photos will be used for awareness-raising through APDIM website, social media, event and webinars as well as analytical publications.  
  • Please note to include your contact and information including social media accounts so that we can credit you appropriately.
  • All photos must be captioned, including the title, location, and date when the photograph was taken.  Submission must be by the photographer of the photo.
  • The Contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers, who have reached the age of 18 at the time of entering the contest and upon acceptance of terms and conditions.
  • Entrants are required to obtain permission from all persons appearing on the photo if they are recognizable, prior to submitting it.
  • The entrant holds the rights to his/her photographs; however, by submitting a photo to the call, the photographer grants APDIM a non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries and texts, in whole or in part, in any media now existing (such as publications, websites, and social media) or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly and all other standard purposes of APDIM. Due credit will be given to the entrant each time his/her photo is used, wherever feasible. Photos and text will not be used for commercial purposes.
  • The photo must not contain violence, profanity, gender or direct attacks on individuals or organizations.
  • The photo must be an original creation - no copyrighted images may be used.
  • The participant must certify and warrant that the submitted photo(s) does not violate the rights of a third party or any copyright. APDIM is not responsible for intellectual property violations that might have resulted through the submissions of photos.
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Latest News on the Framework Agreement

Submitted by CMANSHOV on Wed, 21/04/2021 - 16:50
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19.02.2021 - Accelerating Trade Digitalization in Times of Pandemic | ESCAP (unescap.org)

17.02.2021 - Analysis: the Impact of the UNESCAP Agreement on Cross-border Paperless Trade | GTR (gtreview.com)

26.11.2020 - China newest party to the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific | ESCAP (unescap.org)

04.06.2020 - Islamic Republic of Iran newest party to the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific | ESCAP (unescap.org)

20.01.2020 - PH Deposits Instrument of Accession to the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific | GOVPH (dfa.gov.ph)

09.09.2019 - Cambodia ready to implement UN agreement on paperless trade | Khmer Times (khmertimeskh.com)

11.01.2018 - Azerbaijan joins Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific | Apa news 

23.11.2017 - Regional cooperation and integration benefits Asia and Pacific — Shamshad Akhtar | Malay Mail (malaymail.com)

29.08.2017 - Bangladesh, Cambodia, China sign new UN treaty to strengthen digital trade in Asia-Pacific Bdnews24 (bdnews24.com)

29.08.2017 - Bangladesh on board UN paperless trade | The Daily Star (thedailystar.net)

26.06.2017 - Paperless trade | Fijitimes (fijitimes.com)

23.03.2017 - Asia-Pacific countries develop roadmap for first UN cross-border electronic trade treaty in the region | ESCAP (unescap.org)

20.01.2017 - Cross-border paperless trade | Khmer Times (khmertimeskh.com)

20.10.2016 - Pan-Asian e-Commerce Alliance Supports New UN Treaty on Paperless Trade Facilitation | PAA (paa.net)

17.10.2016 - Agreement on cross-border paperless trade in Asia and the Pacific may simplify trade of Eurasian Economic Union members with other countries in the region | Евразийская экономическая комиссия (eurasiancommission.org)

04.10.2016 - New UN treaty to facilitate paperless trade in Asia and the Pacific to support WTO TFA implementation | TFAF (tfafacility.org)

01.10.2016 - First regional agreement to enable cross-border electronic trade in Asia-Pacific opens for signature at UN headquarters | ESCAP (unescap.org)

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Call for proposals (deadline for application: 31 March 2021)

Submitted by CMANSHOV on Fri, 12/03/2021 - 14:59
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Food loss in international trade in Asia-Pacific: Country case studies and implications for trade facilitation

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United Nations ESCAP is seeking up to three separate research consultants (or up to three teams of consultants, henceforth the terms “consultant” refers to either an individual or a team of consultants) to carry out 3 separate country case studies on food loss in international trade - one in Bangladesh, one in Thailand, and one in any other Asia-Pacific economy member of ESCAP. A consultancy budget of up to USD 10,000 is available for each case study, including literature review, development of analytical framework, data collection, analysis and implications for trade facilitation implementation.

Background

The seminal 2011 FAO report estimated that that as much as a third of the world’s food is wasted every year. More recent studies put the amount of food wasted at 931 tonnes, or 74kg per capita per year globally. Food loss contributes to hunger, food insecurity, inequality and causes direct economic losses. It has also been suggested that if food loss were a country, it would be the third largest contributor to greenhouse emissions globally. As such, Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 aims to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030.

The vast majority of food waste is estimated to occur at the household level, followed by food service and retail sectors. However, the scale of food loss in international trade is little understood. Indeed, FAO (2011) report suggested that the “impact of growing international trade on food losses still has to be better assessed.” However, it is understood to be an important contributor to food loss, and international trade cooperation or free trade agreements to reduce delays in moving perishable food products across borders are recommended.

ESCAP (2018) points out that one measurable aspects of food loss is through border rejections due to non-compliance with national standards/non-tariff measures, as food imports that fail to meet requirements are either returned or destroyed. However, ESCAP & ITC (2019) report further suggests that it is most often domestic procedural obstacles at home countries that are burdensome, and therefore have the potential to cause food loss. Anecdotal evidence suggests that unnecessary delays at borders are not uncommon. For example, an expert group meeting on non-tariff measures noted that border delays are particularly detrimental to perishable goods, implying that there are opportunities to reduce food loss. As such, streamlining border procedures – both outward and inwards – are assumed to be the main focus of interest.

Careful balance, however, must be ensured as inadequate SPS measures can facilitate the cross-border spread of pests and diseases and can potentially have a detrimental effect on food security and cause significant economic losses (e.g. African swine fever). Indeed, many technical regulations on food imports are very necessary and positively contribute to sustainable development.

Expected output

A report on food loss (as opposed to food waste, see http://www.fao.org/3/ca6030en/ca6030en.pdf or reference) in international trade, including extent, causes and proposed solutions, focusing on one or more selected perishable agricultural product(s). Each case study is expected to include analysis of relevant food import and export regulation and procedures and impact on food loss, and feature evidence-based and practical recommendations/guidelines on food loss-reducing import and export regulation and procedures (assuming evidence is found during the research that current trade regulation and procedures indeed result in significant food losses). It is hoped that the studies would contribute to understand not only the target countries’ and products specific circumstances, but generate lessons learnt that can be applied more generally to other products, including providing estimates of the aggregate extent of food losses in international trade in the pilot countries, as well as in other countries.

Target length of the report: 5000 words, excluding tables, figures, references and appendices, free of grammatical and stylistic errors. Based on previous experience, it is expected the report would undergo several rounds of peer reviews, and the selected researcher/research team should be ready to address feedback in a timely manner.

It is expected that the engaged consultant(s) will carry out background secondary research of relevant national statistics, literature and legislation, as well as carry out consultations with stakeholders, including but not limited to, the private sectors engaged in international trade of the selected product, industry associations, and government officials (such as customs, export promotions, standardization, etc). The engaged consultant will be responsible for obtaining any necessary approvals and consent from participants to use the information gathered to be used in a published report.

Application process

To apply and/or for any questions, please email to (before 31 March 2021):[email protected], copied to [email protected]

Please include in the subject line: “FOOD LOSS FROM TRADE STUDY PROPOSAL”. In 500 words or less, describe your proposed approach and scope of research, as well as proposed budget/fee, and which one(s) of up to 3 country case studies you propose to conduct. Please also attach your/your team members’ CVs and samples of past publications.

Selection will be informed, tentatively, by 15 April 2021.

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Experience and Challenges of North-East Asian Countries on Development Cooperation in the face of the COVID19 pandemic

Submitted by CMANSHOV on Fri, 19/02/2021 - 13:51
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Experience and Challenges of North-East Asian Countries on Development Cooperation in the face of the COVID19 pandemic

The North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum is annual forum in partnership with research networks of North-East Asian countries to exchange views and experiences on development cooperation among researchers and practitioners in China, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation, as well as partner countries in ESCAP region.

The Forum in 2020 was virtually organized focusing on experience and challenges of North-East Asian countries in supporting the other countries to respond to the pandemic from the perspective of development cooperation. 

Humanitarian and emergency assistance beyond the scope of development cooperation prompted to new actors, new partnership, refocusing of development cooperation strategies, etc. Thus the Forum highlighted the supporting for pandemic response of development cooperation initiatives in broader perspective, such as development cooperation landscape of post-COVID in North-East Asia, non-traditional mechanisms deployed for facilitating humanitarian assistances, and assessing impact of COVID-19 in developing countries.

Knowledge products (Policy briefs)

Link to the meeting webpage

https://www.unescap.org/sites/default/d8files/event-documents/Policy%20Brief_KAIDEC%20Kilkon%20Ko.pdf

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Call for Papers: Transport and Communications Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific, No.91 “Gender and social dimensions of transport”

Submitted by SCHANCHA1 on Thu, 28/01/2021 - 11:29
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The Transport and Communications Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific is a peer-reviewed journal published every year since 1950 by the Transport Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

 

Women are largest users of public transport and their transport needs are different. The Asia-Pacific population is ageing rapidly and the region has an estimated 690 million persons with disabilities. Addressing gender and social dimensions of transport is vital for socio-economic development as well as building inclusive and barrier free communities.

Yet gender and social concerns are not adequately reflected in transport policies and projects. Lack of disaggregated gender data, limited opportunity to transport jobs for women, lack of knowledge to mainstream gender and issues of vulnerable transport users are hindering development of gender inclusive and accessible transport system.

Transport policy makers, planners and stakeholders from the region need to address gender and social dimensions of transport to ensure universal accessibility, inclusiveness and security of transport systems and services. There remains greater opportunity to address different transport needs of women, differently abled and aged population while formulating transport policies and provide opportunities for women to join transport sector as policy makers, workers or users.

With this background, ESCAP is calling for original research papers addressing inclusiveness, accessibility, and gender and social dimensions of transport. Papers are expected to advance knowledge and innovative concepts and offer policy recommendations on gender and social dimensions of transport. Papers may cover one or more of the following topics:

  • Mainstreaming gender in national transport policy;
  • Planning for barrier free access and universal accessibility;
  • Addressing the transport needs of women, differently abled and ageing population;
  • Innovation in collection and utilization of gender sensitive transport data;
  • Gender analysis of transport policy/project;
  • Affordability, convenience and security of public transport;
  • Designing gender sensitive transport policies/projects;
  • Community engagement in planning of accessible and inclusive transport system;
  • Collaboration and partnership to develop socially inclusive transport system.

Papers can be qualitative and quantitative analytical study, regional, country, city or location specific case study, policy analysis, review, empirical analysis addressing inclusiveness, gender, accessibility and social dimensions of transport and directly or indirectly contributing towards the achievement of SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 9 (resilient and inclusive infrastructure), SDG 10 (reduce inequalities) and 11 (affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems). Evaluation will be based on analytical depth and/or novel perspectives. Only unpublished papers will be considered. All papers will be peer reviewed.

Interested authors are requested to send an abstract (no more than 200 words) to the Editor, Transport Division, ESCAP ([email protected]) and ([email protected]) not later than the 15 March 2021. Following an internal review, authors will be asked to submit their full papers. Completed papers may not exceed 7,500 words, and has to follow the format specified in the “Guidelines for contributors” (to be provided later). The Bulletin will be published online in the last quarter of 2021.

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