Africa South of the Sahara

Training of Trainers Workshop on Implementing Conflict-sensitive Development
University of Ghana, Legon,Ghana, 6 - 17 September 2004

http://www.unpan.org/conflictmanagement.asp
http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/un/unpan007522.pdf

The second Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop under project RAF/03/010 will be based on the thematic module on "Transforming Conflict and Development towards Sustainable Peace" and will be attended by participants from 15 institutions of the following African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Workshop will consist of training on the course material and experiential pedagogical skills for delivering it, and an actual training delivered to a local audience by the participants under the supervision of the TOT Workshop leaders.

Contact: Ms. Gay Rosenblum-Kumar,
Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 8381.

Consultative Meeting on the Draft Programme for Leadership Capacity Development for Good Governance in Africa
Johannesburg, 27 September - 1 October 2004

The meeting is being organized by the African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD) and the Uganda Management Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Public Service and Administration in South Africa and New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). The Division for Public Administration and Development Management is providing financing through the Italian Trust Fund. The participants in the Meeting will be human resource managers in public sector institutions, especially Ministries responsible for public service in Africa, as well as a selected number of experts in leadership capacity-building, particularly from management development institutes. The overall objective of the Meeting is to review the draft programme for Leadership Capacity Development for Good Governance in Africa, finalize and submit it to the Pan African Conference of Ministers of Civil Service which will meet on 1 October at the same venue.

Contact: Mr. John Mary-Kauzya,
Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 1973.

High-level consultation on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Phase One
Sierra Leone, 25-27 October 2004

The Division for the Advancement of Women will implement a two-phase technical assistance project with the Government of Sierra Leone to strengthen capacity of Government officials to implement the Convention. A team of internationally recognized experts, including from the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, will hold consultations with high-level Government officials (Ministry/Department heads) in key ministries. They will prepare recommendations for priority action by the Government in the field of legislative reform, policy and programme measures, cooperation with civil society, and cooperation with the international community. The second phase of the project, in early 2005, will consist of training for mid-level government officials to strengthen their capacity to implement the experts' findings.

Contact: Ms. Saras Jagwanth,
Division for the Advancement of Women/Women's Rights Section, Tel. 1212 963 6052.

Asia and the Pacific

Seminar on Pros and Cons of Kyoto Protocol in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Teheran, July 2004

The Division for Sustainable Development participated in a National Seminar in Teheran, Iran which presented the final results of a study project designed to familiarize Iranian experts and policy-makers with the key features of the Kyoto Protocol (including its market-based flexibility mechanisms), and also provided policy makers with a clear description of the pros and cons of ratifying the Protocol. Conducted in association with a National Research Team (NRT) comprised of technical experts from various ministries and research institutes within the country, DESA's technical representatives discussed the likely effect of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) opportunities within the country, and also participated in a subsequent high-level meeting addressing Iran's potential ratification. Three days after the conclusion of these meetings, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to proceed with such a ratification. Like other OPEC countries, however, this submission only be forwarded to UN FCCC following Russia's ratification.

Contact: Mr. Roger K. Raufer,
Division for Sustainable Development/Energy and Transporation Branch, Tel. 1212 963 8803.

Treaty Reporting Workshop
Timor-Leste, 8-10 September 2004

The Division for the Advancement of Women will participate in a treaty reporting workshop being hosted by the government of Timor-Leste in Dili in September. The workshop is intended to raise awareness of new treaty reporting guidelines and to strengthen the capacity of government officials to prepare reports under the human rights treaties to which Timor-Leste is a party, including the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

Contact: Ms. Saras Jagwanth,
Division for the Advancement of Women/Women's Rights Section, Tel. 1212 963 6052.

Workshop on Poverty Statistics
Manila, Philippines, 7-8 October 2004

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/poverty/default.htm

This is part of the Poverty Statistics project to assist policy-makers and statisticians in countries to meet the growing demand for poverty statistics and related information by building up a system of poverty measurement which is responsive to national and international data needs. The project will produce a publication entitled Handbook on Poverty Statistics: Concepts, Methods and Policy Use.

Contact: Ms. Gisele Kamanou-Goune,
Statistics Division, Tel: 1212 963 4328.

Eastern Europe and CIS

First Conference of the European and African Regional Assemblies; and Post-Conference Workshop on "Decentralized Governance for Effective and Responsive Service Delivery"
Florence, Italy, 17 - 21 September 2004

The conference is co-organized by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) with the Regional Assembly of Tuscany in Italy and under the patronage of the Presidency of Italy, The post-conference workshop on the theme "Decentralized Governance for Effective and Responsive Service Delivery: Prerequisites, Trends, Approaches, Policies, and Capacity-Building Strategies" will be held from 20 to 21 September 2004. The objectives include: to exchange information and experiences, examine case studies and various legal frameworks, and recommend appropriate oversight, standards and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. Participants will include high-level experts in decentralized governance, local government political and administrative practitioners from Europe and Africa, as well as representatives of development agencies, including the United Nations system, who are engaged in financing decentralized governance.

Contact: Mr. John Mary-Kauzya,
Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 1973.

Subregional Workshop on "Capacity-Building for Poverty Alleviation through Community-Based Development in the Areas Affected by Environmental Degradation for Central Asia"
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 19 - 21 October 2004

DPADM is organizing the workshop in cooperation with the Administration of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic and the National Centre for the Development of Mountainous Regions of Kyrgyzstan, on sustainable livelihood activities through environmental conservation, in the mountainous areas of Central Asia.

The main emphasis of the proposed national action plans is to build institutional capacity and establish networks for the formulation and implementation of policies aimed at poverty eradication through community development in areas affected by environmental degradation. The Workshop will include the following activities:

  • Country presentations from each of the participating countries describing the current issues concerning poverty and environmental degradation;
  • Each of the participating countries will be required to prepare national action plans, including a budget; and
  • The workshop will discuss the subregional activity relating to the monitoring and follow-up of the national action plans and, therefore, the participants will be expected to recommend measures for subregional activities and nominate an agency to undertake these activities.

Contact: Mr. Alexei Tikhomirov,
Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Tel. 1212 963 1070.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Wireless Internet Conference
Monterrey, Mexico, 8-9 September 2004

The ICT Task Force and Wireless Internet Institute (W2i), in cooperation with the Monterrey Tech University, will organize a meeting on "Wireless Internet for Underserved Communities in Latin America: The Mexican Experience" as part of the "Global Municipal Government and Local Authorities" conference series. The conference includes a half day plenary session with overviews of broadband wireless Internet technology and applications, and several workshops addressing, among others, the following issues: existing delivery methods, infrastructure economics, the role of the local governments and municipalities, applications in support of economic and social development, and regulatory and legislative implications. Participants come from public and private sectors, development programs, media and academia. A book outlining the outcomes of the conference and drawing from the Latin American experiences is anticipated for the end of 2004.

Contact: Ms. Enrica Murmura,
Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 1212 963 5913.

Telecommunications Policy Seminar
Georgetown, Barbados, 14-15 September 2004

The ICT Task Force will take part in the 8th Telecommunications Policy Seminar. The seminar brings together ICT stakeholders from Government Ministers and Senior Officials, high-level policy makers, regulators and operators, service providers, industry players, representatives from academia and end users. The seminar seeks to identify the challenges faced by Caribbean governments in ensuring that all citizens are able to participate in information and communication technologies, that innovative solutions and practical strategies for deploying ICTs in the Caribbean are implemented, and that devices for leveraging the opportunities created by ICTs for social and economic progress are further developed.

Contact: Ms. Enrica Murmura,
Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 1212 963 5913;
Ms. Daniela Giacomelli,
Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 19173672432

Capacity Development Workshops on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
Power Electricity Project Development
Managua, Nicaragua, 23-24 September
Guayaquil, Ecuador, 28-29 September

DESA's Division for Sustainable Development will hold two capacity development workshops on the clean development mechanism (CDM). The aim of the workshops is to assist the countries to develop CDM projects in the electricity sector, with the ultimate aim of promoting clean power development in a manner consistent with their sustainable development goals.The workshops are being convened together with the relevant government agencies, with support from the e7, whose experts will be participating in the workshops. The Clean Development Mechanism is one of the so-called "flexibility mechanisms" in the Kyoto Protocol, designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the effects of climate change

Contact: Mr. Friedrich Soltau,
Division for Sustainable Development /Energy and Transport Branch, Tel. 1212 963 4337.

Wireless Internet and Municipal Government Conference
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 27-28 October 2004

The ICT Task Force and the Wireless Internet Institute (W2i) in cooperation with United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Federación Latinoamericana de Ciudades, Municipios y Asociaciones de Gobiernos Locales (FLACMA) will organize the "Global Municipal Government and Local Authorities" conference. The event is co-hosted by the Rio De Janeiro State Government, Rio De Janeiro States Industry Federation (FIRJAN) and W2i. The objective of the meeting is to establish a thorough understanding and prospective roadmap of emerging standards and regulatory provisions affecting municipal authorities, to explore, based on case studies, the potential benefits of broadband wireless applied to local communities and to identify and discuss practical solutions to wireless access challenges.

Contact: Ms. Enrica Murmura,
Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 1212 963 5913.

Preparatory Workshops on Internet Governance
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, October 2004
Mexico City, Mexico, October 2004

The ICT Task Force is organizing two workshops in preparation for the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Meeting on Internet Governance that will take place in Miami in the spring of 2005. The workshop that will be held in Trinidad and Tobago is organized in cooperation with a local Task Group led by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the University of West Indies. The meeting will address the themes of Internet governance and Enabling Environment. Local support is provided by the Ministry of Public Administration, the European Delegation in the Caribbean, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago.

The workshop in Mexico City is organized in cooperation with a local Task Group, led by the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM). The event will focus on Internet governance, but will also address topics related to Institutional Design. The two preparatory meetings in Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago are meant to advance Internet governance issues in both sub-regions - Latin America and the Caribbean - and to contribute to the work of the WSIS Working Group on Internet Governance.

Contact: Ms. Enrica Murmura,
Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Tel. 1212 963 5913.