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Central Asian countries advance cooperation on innovation and technology to promote digital transformation for sustainable development

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The Covid-19 pandemic continues to hit hard the countries of the United Nations Special Programme for Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) and highlights the need to diversify from current, resource-dependent models of economic development. This will mean putting ‘innovation and technology that focus on green and digital transformation’ at the centre of their recovery processes.  

To achieve sustainable, innovation-led economic development requires the broad and systematic experimentation with innovative ideas across the economy, together with Government policies that play a catalyzing role. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have committed to stepping-up their efforts to enhance national innovation policies as well as regional cooperation and integration on innovation and technology under the “SPECA Innovation Strategy for Sustainable Development” (adopted in 2019) and the “Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway Action Plan 2022-2026”.

During 19 - 20 July 2022, the SPECA government representatives as well as experts and private sector representatives, gathered to take stock of the progress made on these commitments and discussed the way forward, at the Expert Group Meeting on Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development, organized by ESCAP and UNECE in Almaty, Kazakhstan and online.

In follow-up to the outcome of the Expert Group Meeting, the third session of the SPECA Working Group on Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development, held in Almaty and online on 20 July 2022, which was attended by the SPECA member countries, adopted a set of important decisions in the area of innovation and digitalization, such as: confirmation of their support to the implementation of the “Asia Pacific Information Superhighway Action Plan 2022-2026”, and the proposed establishment of a Digital Solutions Center for Sustainable Development in Kazakhstan to promote digital cooperation and integration in the sub-region.

In addition, the Working Group welcomed the launch of a pilot SPECA Network of Business Incubators and Accelerators for Sustainable Development, based on UNECE work on business incubators. In this connection, the Working Group expressed its support to the innovative high-growth firms in the sub-region, and the recent “Innovation for Sustainable Development Review” of Uzbekistan. Participants from the SPECA countries expressed their strong interest in engaging with this Network to enhance support to their innovative entrepreneurship.

UNECE and ESCAP have been providing extensive capacity-building and policy advisory support to SPECA and continue to support their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals through ‘innovation and technology’ as one of the key drivers towards their structural economic and social transformations.

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Launch of the Leaving No One Behind Analysis training series in Tonga

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Tue, 14/06/2022 - 14:02
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Rising inequalities in outcomes and opportunities are direct threats to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Without the necessary tools to guide evidence-based policies related interventions may be less effective and more costly.

With this in mind and the pledge of member States to Leave No One Behind, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) developed the Leaving No One Behind (LNOB) Platform, an innovative and easy-to-use online diagnostic tool for policymakers to measure inequalities in access to opportunities and identify the population groups left furthest behind in, for example, access to basic water, sanitation, clean energy and the Internet. It also developed a tailored training package, currently covering India, Mongolia, the Philippines, Tonga and Turkmenistan.

On 26 and 27 May 2022, ESCAP in close collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Tonga convened the training “An Introduction to the Leaving No One Behind (LNOB) Analysis” in Tonga. The training aims to teach participants to: (1) understand the Classification and Regression Tree (CART) methodology and how it is used to identify the furthest behind, and (2) understand the Dissimilarity Index (D-Index) and how it is calculated to provide a single numerical value that summarized inequality in a particular development area.  This first of two training modules focused on representatives from the Tonga Statistics Department. It covered inequalities in 16 specific SDG indicators, such as SDG 4.1 on upper secondary education completion and SDG 5.2 on violence against women. The training also covered issues on replication of results using various data sources such as MICS and HIES.  

With the Government’s Statistics Department located directly under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Office, it is expected that the ESCAP platform and training will prove helpful in strengthening Tonga’s evidence-based policymaking.

For more information: https://www.unescap.org/events/2022/introduction-leaving-no-one-behind-lnob-analysis-virtual-training-tonga

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The ESCAP Leaving No One Behind (LNOB) Platform is an easy-to-use online diagnostic tool that policymakers can use to measure inequalities and identify the population groups furthest behind in, for example, education completion, health care access, access to basic water, sanitation, clean energy and financial inclusion. Leaving no one behind means moving beyond assessing average and aggregate progress, towards ensuring progress for all population groups at a disaggregated level. The analysis in the Platform is produced using the Classification and Regression Tree (CART) analysis. The result is granular information on how various circumstances intersect to create distinct groups with different levels of access to basic opportunities. The Platform also presents inequality of opportunity in each country and for each indicator, using the dissimilarity index (D-Index). The Platform includes 16 basic opportunities and barriers for 28 countries in Asia and the Pacific. The data are drawn from the latest available Demographic and Health Surveys and Multiple indicator cluster surveys, while the indicators for the opportunities and barriers are mostly aligned with the SDG indicator framework. Read our methodological brief and see examples of analysis provided to countries.  

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United Nations launches Startup Ecosystem Assessment Report in Bangladesh

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Tue, 24/05/2022 - 13:33
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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the Bangladesh High-Tech Park Authority, has launched the Startup Ecosystem Assessment Report (SEAR) for Bangladesh today.  This in-depth diagnostic assessment report provides an overview of Bangladesh's economic foundations, the current situation and policy environment for start-ups in the country, and ideas for possible future directions for Bangladesh's digital future.

The report is based on a series of dialogues with key public and private stakeholders from the Bangladesh start-up ecosystem.  ESCAP conducted this comprehensive assessment of the Bangladesh start-up ecosystem with the objective of analyzing the gaps and assessing the needs for capacity building relevant to startups.  The report was based on extensive data review, interviews and discussions with key participants in Bangladesh's start-up economy. 

The report also contains a special inquiry on Gender Lens Investment (GLI), as it is imperative to focus on challenges of women start-up founders and entrepreneurs who may require inclusive policies and business practices.  The report also serves as an evidence-gathering exercise on this swiftly changing sector should this information be needed during the formulation of the government’s relevant start-up policies in coming years.

Against a strong and growing economic backdrop, the report shows Bangladesh’s startup ecosystem at an important inflection point. A natural result of a youthful, educated population with excellent digital access, and investments in excess of USD459 million over the last five years, the startup environment is growing rapidly.  The report generates action-oriented insights on current and possible future drivers of this robust expansion for use amongst myriad stakeholders.

“Startups are an important source of innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals. As Bangladesh’s startup community experiences phenomenal growth across a range of sectors, the time is right to strengthen the overall ecosystem to sustainably and equitably support this growth,” said Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP at the launch held on 23 May in Bangkok.

Also at the launch, Honorable State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak, ICT Division highlighted, “Following the remarkable success of our Digital Bangladesh program, we are adopting Smart Bangladesh vision in order to build a high-income and prosperous country by 2041 through leveraging the opportunities being unfolded by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To realize this vision, we are building a vibrant startup ecosystem in Bangladesh. The ecosystem is poised to generate thousands of startups with innovative solutions and products that would bring transformational changes to millions of lives. We are hopeful to see at least five unicorns by 2025.” 

This report was initiated through a United Nations project coordinated by UNCTAD, UN DESA and the five UN regional commissions, to provide advisory and capacity-building support to governments to better enable the resurgence of micro, small and medium enterprises following the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the general framework of this global project, ESCAP has been working to offer support to Bangladesh through conducting research, and holding discussion and dissemination sessions, regarding the environment in Bangladesh for technology start-ups.  The report was also generated in association with ESCAP’s Catalysing Women Entrepreneurship (CWE) programme, funded by Global Affairs Canada, which has reached more than 40,000 women entrepreneurs and mobilized more than USD64 million to support the growth of women-led enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

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Sustainable Banking Academy Launched for Southeast Asian Bankers

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Fri, 06/05/2022 - 09:01
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The banking and finance sector can play a driving role in mobilizing, investing and directing capital toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and towards climate outcomes. To support the banking sector in aligning with these objectives, the Principles for Responsible Banking provide a framework to support banks in aligning their strategies with the SDGs and Paris Agreement.  Today, the principles have been signed on by over 270 banks, representing over 45 per cent of banking assets worldwide.

To further assist the shift of the banking sector towards sustainable outcomes, a collective of agencies comprised of the Association of Development Finance Institutions in Asia and Pacific (ADFIAP), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) today launched the Finance Flows’ Sustainable Banking Academy.

The Finance Flows’ Sustainable Banking Academy is comprised of five modules which include:

  1. Aligning financial flows with sustainable development goals
  2. Incorporating sustainability into banks' governance and culture
  3. Measuring and managing E&S impacts and risks
  4. Engaging customers, clients and stakeholders to develop sustainable financial products
  5. Sustainability reporting: A critical tool for enhancing corporate transparency and accountability

The Academy is based on a series of sustainable finance webinars for Southeast Asian bankers held between October 2020 and January 2021 by the Finance Flows’ partnership collective. Each webinar was designed to highlight one of the core principles of the Principles for Responsible Banking. The Academy’s e-learning course content includes 5 to 10 hours of self-paced and tailored content for Southeast Asian banking sector professionals.  Banking professionals will receive a certificate of completion upon passing a short exam at the end of each course.

The Finance Flows’ partnership collective aims to support a system-wide adoption of sustainable finance throughout the private banking sector. The e-learning courses are designed to mobilize and equip the banking community to align their practices with sustainable outcomes.

Are you working in the banking sector and interested in building your sustainable finance skills? Explore the Academy here.

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The Finance Flows’ collective is made up of: ADFIAP, GRI, ESCAP, UNEP FI, and WWF-Philippines. The funding for this initiative was provided thanks to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

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Enabling opportunities and solutions for women entrepreneurs in Asia and the Pacific

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Fri, 19/11/2021 - 16:07
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In celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day 2021, the ILO and ESCAP have collaborated on a high-level event bringing stakeholders together to discuss innovative opportunities and scalable solutions for women entrepreneurs in Asia and the Pacific.

On 18 November 2021, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) hosted a virtual high-level event to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.

The session, ‘Women’s Entrepreneurship Day: Opportunities and Solutions for Women Entrepreneurs in Asia and the Pacific’, focused on gender-responsive and scalable solutions to support women entrepreneur’s recovery from COVID-19 and long-term resilience. The discussion contextualised the complex challenges they have faced during the pandemic, and ways forward for women entrepreneurship development in the region.

Various stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, such as government representatives, private sector partners, financial institutions and women entrepreneurs were invited to share their expertise and vision for a more equitable future of work. The event was opened by Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP along with Panudda Boonpala, ILO Deputy Regional-Director of Asia and the Pacific.

Panellists included Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women’s Affairs of Cambodia, Maria Perdomo, Regional Coordinator for Asia and Regional Manager for Inclusive Digital Economies, UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), Diedrah Kelly, Ambassador of Canada to ASEAN, Maneesha Chadha, Head of Grant Programming, APAC, J.P. Morgan, Vanessa Seow, Executive Vice President and Head of Communications, Lazada, Reeta Simha, President of the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal and Armin Zaman Khan, Founder and CEO of Romoni Services Limited. 

Women’s entrepreneurship in the time of COVID-19

The panel discussion centred each speakers’ expertise in women entrepreneurship development.

Her Excellency Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women’s Affairs in Cambodia, underscored the importance of MSMEs as the backbone of Cambodian economy and the crucial role and contribution of women entrepreneurs. She highlighted the urgency of transforming Cambodia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem into one that is more gender-responsive and inclusive, especially by strengthening efforts towards recognizing, reducing and redistributing women’s increased burden of unpaid care and domestic work. The Minister called for more commitment and multi-stakeholder collaboration to formulate and implement inclusive and innovative solutions that enhance women’s entrepreneurship development as well as address women’s unpaid care work for a sustainable post COVID-19 recovery and building back better.  

Emphasising Government of Canada’s feminist policy, Ambassador of Canada to ASEAN, Diedrah Kelly highlighted valuable lessons and experiences emerging from the regional initiative Catalyzing Women’s Entrepreneurship. “Canada’s recognizes gender equality and the economic empowerment of women as the most effective approach to promoting inclusive economic growth and eradicating poverty and with ESCAP, we are working to remove gender-based structural barriers by addressing the root causes and enabling women in the Asia-Pacific region to have the opportunity to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions to achieve economic independence”, says Ambassador Kelly.

The conversation also focused on the critical challenges women entrepreneurs face in accessing finance, and what innovative strategies can be adopted to leverage capital for supporting women-owned businesses. Maria Perdomo, Regional Coordinator for Asia, UNCDF, highlighted key strategies and mechanisms to scale women entrepreneurs’ access to finance through women-centred design of financial products such as a credit guarantee scheme to secure funding for women led businesses, women’s livelihood bond as well as fintech solutions to support growth of women MSMEs.

Reeta Simha, President, Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal, highlighted that women entrepreneurship association can play an important role in policy making and the design of support measures to ensure it responds to the needs of women entrepreneurs. “Women entrepreneurship associations has an important role to play when it comes to ensuring that women’s interests are considered through advocacy and dialogue with the government. We can also provide women entrepreneurs with a network and access to the business community as well as other type of support.” She also highlighted the importance of providing timely support to women entrepreneurs, including capacity-building assistance focused on financial literacy, digital skills and business continuity planning to support them during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The expertise from the panellists were contextualised by Armin Zaman Khan, Founder and CEO of Romoni Services Limited, who shared their first-hand experience being a woman entrepreneur during the pandemic. She emphasised the difficulties faced by women entrepreneurs primarily operating in beauty tailoring and fashion industries in dealing with uncertainty and how they were able to adapt their business model. As founder of the first beauty and fashion technology platform in Bangladesh, Romoni stressed that access to finance, digital solutions and business community were priorities for women entrepreneurs going forward.

Supporting women entrepreneurs for the long-run

The high-level event was an opportunity to bring stakeholders, partners and entrepreneurs together for women’s entrepreneurship development. The discussion framed the need for innovative and continued support for women-owned businesses that is inclusive and accessible. In addition, participants shared how leveraging each other’s resources and expertise will enable large-scale impact and opportunities to build back better.

“The intersection of COVID-19, small businesses and gender inequality highlights the interdependence of the world of work and importance of supporting women entrepreneurs during the crisis. Through our continued collaboration and coordination, together we can forge a human-centred recovery and build back better”, says Panudda Boonpala, ILO Deputy Regional-Director of Asia and the Pacific.

“During these trying times for women entrepreneurs, our programme on Catalyzing Women’s Entrepreneurship - supported by the Government of Canada - has become even more of a lifeline. The programme addresses three fundamental barriers that hinder the growth of women-led businesses- access to finance, digital and business skills and enabling policy environment”, says Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP.

The high-level panel was organised by the ILO ‘Rebuilding Better: Fostering Business Resilience Post-COVID-19’ project in collaboration with ESCAP’s Catalyzing Women’s Entrepreneurship programme.

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ESCAP and GGGI launch publication aimed at mobilizing climate finance to achieve net-zero

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Tue, 02/11/2021 - 15:20
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Climate change impacts all countries, but its adverse effects are proving particularly severe for Asia and the Pacific. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased debt levels, severely affected economic performance in the region and has made the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commitments toward the Paris Agreement all the more difficult.

Regional collaboration is pivotal to achieve net-zero, which is why the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) have signed a five-year partnership agreement to support Asia-Pacific countries to develop green low-carbon post-COVID-19 recovery strategies and policies, with a particular focus on supporting least developed, landlocked developing and small island developing countries.

Recognizing the urgent need to increase the flow of investment into developing countries and emerging markets to meet the targets set in the Paris Agreement, the first of ESCAP-GGGI’s joint endeavours, is the launch of the publication Green and Climate Finance Options to Support the Post COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery and Climate Action.

While significant volumes of green climate finance have been pledged by governments to meet these targets and goals, green finance has not been able to achieve the scale required. Therefore, this publication provides options to help countries raise their climate ambitions and nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and achieve these goals by examining critical policy gaps and barriers to climate finance. In addition, this study presents a range of financial instruments and mechanisms which can be deployed to address these critical constraints.

ESCAP and GGGI will continue to work with Asia-Pacific countries and the private sector to work towards a carbon-neutral future. In doing so we are collaborating on country-level projects in the Asia-Pacific region to support climate finance policies, green bonds, funds and facilities that support governments in meeting their NDCs.

This report will be launched on the sidelines of the COP26, with the launch taking place on 4 November at 9am UK time, interested participants can register at: http://bit.ly/3bgqOHa.

For more information on ESCAP activities at COP26: https://www.unescap.org/cop26

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United Nations issues guidance on negotiating trade agreements for increasing trade resilience in times of crisis and pandemic

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Tue, 28/09/2021 - 11:31
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The United Nations has released a first version of a Handbook on Provisions and Options for Trade in Times of Crisis and Pandemic. Work on the Handbook was initiated by ESCAP, UNCTAD and other UN Regional Commissions after realizing that the hundreds of regional trade agreements in place provided no guidance to countries on how to keep trade going during the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, especially during the first half of 2020, many countries took ad-hoc unilateral measures that seriously disrupted international supply chains, including supplies in essential goods, such as medical equipment as well as food.

The Handbook is based on inputs collected from a wide range of experts, including from WTO, civil society, academia and the private sector, under the Global Initiative on Model Provisions for Trade in Times of Crisis and Pandemic in Regional and other Trade Agreements (IMP). It is a living document, which will be updated based on feedback from users and as new lessons learned emerge. It is freely accessible at: https://www.unescap.org/kp/2021/handbook-provisions-and-options-trade-times-crisis-and-pandemic

Along with the Handbook, the UN also has made available a free online self-paced course based on the Handbook. Everyone interested can take the short course and get the certificate upon completion of online testing requirements at https://www.unescap.org/training/rta-ttcp. Professors and teachers of international trade law and development are welcome to integrate the short course in their own programmes. ESCAP, UNCTAD and other UN Regional Commissions will also organize facilitated global and regional courses based on the Handbook starting later this year.

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UN regional commissions launch policy brief on transforming food systems

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Fri, 24/09/2021 - 11:00
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The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the world’s fragilities, including the weaknesses of our food systems which exacerbate hunger, obesity, poverty, political instabilities and economic crises. To overcome common and regional challenges, the five UN regional commissions have been working jointly on devising harmonized pathways and proposing game changers that can transform food systems, reverse their current performance and improve their outcomes.

This collaboration resulted in the launch of a joint policy brief entitled “Transforming Food Systems”  for the Food Systems Summit, held on 23 September in New York. The Brief highlights the need to enhance regional engagement in sharing lessons learned for a sustainable food systems transformation, leading to inclusive and resilient food systems that participate in ensuring equitable livelihoods for all, and a healthy and sustainable planet.

“We must strengthen regional cooperation to achieve the improvement of how we produce, process and consume food. ESCAP, along with stakeholders, is working to facilitate integrated policy making to achieve sustainable food systems, biodiversity and ecosystem health,” said Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP.

The Brief pinpoints the challenges faced by the world’s regions based on the outcomes of dialogues organized by the five UN regional commissions in their respective regions (Africa, the Arab region, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, and Latin America and the Caribbean). These dialogues have generated momentum in support of national and independent dialogues and have enabled the identification of issues that require collaboration and partnerships between countries.

The Food Systems Summit marks a ‎‎‎‎milestone to promote immediate action for healthier, more ‎‎‎‎sustainable and inclusive food systems, and to advance progress across all Sustainable Development ‎‎‎Goals (SDGs).

Watch a video on the Brief here: https://youtu.be/y9HBxT-7YVg

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APDIM Fifth Governing Council highlights disaster risk reduction, management as essential to achieve SDGs

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Fri, 29/01/2021 - 13:36
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The Fifth Session of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) convened virtually on 26 January 2021, hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“It is highly encouraging to see the achievement APDIM has made since its establishment and particularly from the Fourth Session of its Governing Council,” said Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP). She added, “I am confident that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s commitment to contribute the highest amount given to any ESCAP regional institutions will ensure APDIM can truly make a difference in information management and risk reduction in the region.”

Lieutenant-General Akhtar Nawaz Satti, Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Chairman of APDIM Governing Council said in his opening remarks, “We attach high importance to the programmes and activities of APDIM.” He expressed Pakistan’s views that disaster risk reduction and management are essential measures to achieve SDGs and an important component of Pakistan’s Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policy.

Dr. Seyed Hamid Pourmohammadi, Deputy Vice-President, Plan and Budget Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran added, “The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is very pleased to note that the final steps for the operationalization of APDIM have been successfully taken with the recent conclusion of the Administrative and Financial Arrangements of APDIM with ESCAP.” He stressed the importance of regional cooperation and partnership to achieve the goals and objectives of APDIM.

Ms. Letizia Rossano, Director of APDIM, presented to the Council, the Reports on activities of the Centre since the Fourth Session of the Governing Council and its financial and administrative status as well as details of APDIM Multi-year Strategic Programme of Work (2020-2030) and Programme of Work for 2021-2022. The Session acknowledged the reports and endorsed APDIM’s Strategic and biennium Programme of Work.

The APDIM Governing Council elected the Islamic Republic of Iran as the Chair and Republic of Turkey as Vice-Chair for its new term until the next Session of the Council.

Delegates from the Governing Council member countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Turkey attended the Fifth Session of the Governing Council. Delegates from Georgia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Turkmenistan attended the Session as observers.

For more information: https://apdim.unescap.org/

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