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Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation Global Report 2023: State of Play and Way Forward

Submitted by NSAROPAL on Thu, 07/09/2023 - 14:24
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Following the launch of the UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation results in July 2023, the Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation Global Report 2023 offers an in-depth and comparative analysis of the implementation of 60 trade facilitation measures in over 160 countries worldwide. Aside from measures in the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, the report covers the implementation of cutting-edge paperless and cross-border trade facilitation measures and those supporting more inclusive and sustainable trade. The new report provides insights into the impact of trade facilitation measures on trade costs and highlights good practices around the world.

This event will present key findings from the report. It will also discuss the way forward and how countries and development partners could formulate evidence-based strategies and policies and foster the exchange of exemplary and innovative practices, based on the recommendations in the report.

For the programme and registration, please visit: https://unctad.org/meeting/launch-digital-and-sustainable-trade-facilitation-global-report-2023-state-play-and-way

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The sixth session of the Committee on Transport is scheduled to be held from 12 to 13 November 2020.

The secretariat is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak and is putting into place measures to mitigate public health risks associated with mass gatherings. The secretariat continues to receive guidance from the World Health Organization, the authorities of the host country of ESCAP and the United Nations Secretariat.

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Delegations are kindly requested to submit letters of credentials to Mr. Weimin Ren, Director, Transport Division, ESCAP, United Nations Building, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand, Fax: (66-2) 288-1067, 288-3050, at their earliest convenience prior to 1 October 2018.. Letters of credential should be addressed to the Executive Secretary of the ESCAP and emailed to [email protected].

Members of delegations are kindly reminded to bring official identification with them, duly signed by the appropriate authorities of their respective Governments/Agencies/Organizations, and provide them to the Secretariat staff at the registration counter located on the ground floor of the UNCC along with a copy of the letter of credentials indicating their appointment to the delegation.

Registration and identification badges

Participants are requested to register and obtain a visitor’s badge with ID picture on the first day of the meeting, i.e. Monday, 19 November 2018 between 08.00 hours and 09.00 hours. This is done at the Registration Counter located on the ground floor of the UNCC. Participants who are not able to register during the time indicated above are requested to do so immediately upon their arrival at UNCC and before going to the conference room. This procedure is important for security reason and will also ensure that all participants’ names appear on the list of participants.

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In conformity with standard United Nations security procedures, all participants must complete a mandatory online registration at https://meetings.unescap.org/. Participants are encouraged to complete this procedure well in advance of the meeting and no later than 1 October 2018. To facilitate the process, participants are encouraged to submit their photo in advance.

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Participants wishing to circulate any papers or literature at the meeting are requested to consult staff from the secretariat servicing the meeting for the necessary arrangements.

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ESCAP does not provide financial assistance for participation in the 5th session of the Committee on Transport. However, it does cover the travel expenses of officials participating in the workshop on cross-border co-deployment of fibre optic infrastructure along road and rail networks. In that regard, the following shall apply:

Depending on which of the above applies, participants whose travel is sponsored (or partly sponsored) by ESCAP will receive a DSA to cover all costs associated with their participation in the meeting, including accommodation, meals and local transport while in Bangkok. A voucher to be cashed at the bank located on the ESCAP premises will be given to participants. Participants will receive their vouchers against submittal of a copy of their passports, copy of their air-tickets and the original boarding pass(es) for the flight(s) to Bangkok. To facilitate the issuance of vouchers, eligible participants are kindly requested to come with read-made copies of their passports. To date, the DSA for Bangkok is Thai Baht 7,150 (about US$ 216). Please note that this amount is subject to change without prior notice.

Participants who are unable to stay for the entire duration of the meeting are requested to inform the secretariat as soon as possible after their arrival so that the DSA can be adjusted accordingly.

In those cases where the participation costs are borne by ESCAP, the secretariat will provide only travel and DSA as expressed and will not assume responsibility for any other expenditures, including the following:

  1. You are representing your Government only at the 5th session of the Committee on Transport: ESCAP does not provide any financial support and participation is on a self-financing basis.
  2. You are representing your Government only at the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule.
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41st UN/CEFACT Forum

Submitted by NTUNTIWI on Tue, 25/07/2023 - 14:34
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Over the years, the UN/CEFACT Forum has played a crucial role in shaping the future of trade facilitation and electronic business, supporting global trade and value chains management for sustainable development.

Encouraging collaboration among experts from around the world to lead the way in addressing emerging challenges and opportunities in global trade.

 

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On 2-5 October 2023, the 41st UN/CEFACT Forum will be co-hosted at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) and take place in person at the United Nations Building in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Aimed at reinvigorating partnerships, demonstrating the impact and relevance of key UN/CEFACT instruments and making progress on key deliverables, this Forum will unite experts from the public and private sectors to engage in interactive thematic discussions, seminars, and roundtables.

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Participants wishing to circulate any papers or literature at the meeting are requested to consult staff from the secretariat servicing the meeting for the necessary arrangements.

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ESCAP does not provide financial assistance for participation in the 5th session of the Committee on Transport. However, it does cover the travel expenses of officials participating in the workshop on cross-border co-deployment of fibre optic infrastructure along road and rail networks. In that regard, the following shall apply:

Depending on which of the above applies, participants whose travel is sponsored (or partly sponsored) by ESCAP will receive a DSA to cover all costs associated with their participation in the meeting, including accommodation, meals and local transport while in Bangkok. A voucher to be cashed at the bank located on the ESCAP premises will be given to participants. Participants will receive their vouchers against submittal of a copy of their passports, copy of their air-tickets and the original boarding pass(es) for the flight(s) to Bangkok. To facilitate the issuance of vouchers, eligible participants are kindly requested to come with read-made copies of their passports. To date, the DSA for Bangkok is Thai Baht 7,150 (about US$ 216). Please note that this amount is subject to change without prior notice.

Participants who are unable to stay for the entire duration of the meeting are requested to inform the secretariat as soon as possible after their arrival so that the DSA can be adjusted accordingly.

In those cases where the participation costs are borne by ESCAP, the secretariat will provide only travel and DSA as expressed and will not assume responsibility for any other expenditures, including the following:

  1. You are representing your Government only at the 5th session of the Committee on Transport: ESCAP does not provide any financial support and participation is on a self-financing basis.
  2. You are representing your Government only at the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule.
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    1. all expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for visa, medical examination, inoculations and other such miscellaneous items and internal travel to and from the airport of arrival and departure in the home country;
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Global Webinar on Strengthening Climate Change and Disaster-Related Statistics: Needs, Priorities, and Action for Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Western Asia

Submitted by PNAKORNC on Tue, 25/04/2023 - 16:00
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    • Brennan Van Dyke, Chief of the Capacity Development and Innovation Branch, Early Warning and Assessment Division, UNEP
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    Session 1: Opening and Introduction Introduction to the DA14 project Gabriel Gamez, UNSD
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    Session 2: Demand for climate change and disaster-related statistics Paris Agreement and Outcomes of COP27 Vlad Trusca, UNFCCC
    Sendai Framework: Generating official statistics on disaster risk reduction Animesh Kumar, UNDRR
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    Demand for Climate Change and Disaster-related Statistics Teerapong Praphotjanaporn, ESCAP
    Session 3: Overview of International Statistical Frameworks and Guidelines on Climate Change Statistics Implementation of the Global Set of Climate Change Statistics and Indicators Emil Ivanov, UNSD
    Conference of European Statisticians’ Core Set of Climate Change-Related Indicators and Upcoming Guidance on the Role of NSAs in Achieving National Climate Objectives Malgorzata Cwiek, UNECE
    Country Example: Kyrgyzstan Nazira Kerimalieva, National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic

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    Session 4: Overview of International Statistical Frameworks and Guidelines on Disaster-related Statistics Sendai Framework monitoring and Global Framework for Disaster-Related Statistics Rahul Sengupta, UNDRR
    Disaster Related Statistics Framework (DRSF) Piyapat Nakornchai, Statistics Division, ESCAP
    Measuring Hazardous Events and Disasters: Set of Core Disaster-risk-related Indicators Michael Nagy, UNECE
    The Integration of Statistics and Geospatial Information and Climate Change and Disasters-related Statistics Claudio Stenner, IBGE, Brazil & co-Chair Expert Group on Integration of Statistical & Geospatial Information
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    Country Example: Nepal (no presentation) Binaya Parajuli, Nepal NAP
    UNEP Climate Services and Early Warning System Portfolio Bo Ra Kim, UNEP
    Importance of Institutional Cooperation and Governance Gabriel Gamez, UNSD
    Way Forward: Overview of Workstream 2.1 Activities under the DA14 Project Richard Tonkin, ESCAP, and Ekaterina Poleshchuk, UNEP
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    The sixth session of the Committee on Transport is scheduled to be held from 12 to 13 November 2020.

    The secretariat is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak and is putting into place measures to mitigate public health risks associated with mass gatherings. The secretariat continues to receive guidance from the World Health Organization, the authorities of the host country of ESCAP and the United Nations Secretariat.

    Decisions on the schedule and modality of the Committee session to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants will be communicated as soon as practicable.

    Credentials

    Delegations are kindly requested to submit letters of credentials to Mr. Weimin Ren, Director, Transport Division, ESCAP, United Nations Building, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand, Fax: (66-2) 288-1067, 288-3050, at their earliest convenience prior to 1 October 2018.. Letters of credential should be addressed to the Executive Secretary of the ESCAP and emailed to [email protected].

    Members of delegations are kindly reminded to bring official identification with them, duly signed by the appropriate authorities of their respective Governments/Agencies/Organizations, and provide them to the Secretariat staff at the registration counter located on the ground floor of the UNCC along with a copy of the letter of credentials indicating their appointment to the delegation.

    Registration and identification badges

    Participants are requested to register and obtain a visitor’s badge with ID picture on the first day of the meeting, i.e. Monday, 19 November 2018 between 08.00 hours and 09.00 hours. This is done at the Registration Counter located on the ground floor of the UNCC. Participants who are not able to register during the time indicated above are requested to do so immediately upon their arrival at UNCC and before going to the conference room. This procedure is important for security reason and will also ensure that all participants’ names appear on the list of participants.

    Online registration

    In conformity with standard United Nations security procedures, all participants must complete a mandatory online registration at https://meetings.unescap.org/. Participants are encouraged to complete this procedure well in advance of the meeting and no later than 1 October 2018. To facilitate the process, participants are encouraged to submit their photo in advance.

    For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear their meeting badges at all times when on the United Nations compound, and also during the meeting and at social functions. The loss of a meeting badge should be communicated to the Conference Management Unit, located on the ground floor of the UNCC behind the registration counter, so that a new one can be issued immediately.

    Communications

    Mail intended for participants during the session should be addressed as follows:
    (Name of delegate)
    c/o Mr. Weimin Ren
    Director
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    ESCAP, United Nations Building
    Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
    Bangkok 10200
    Thailand
    Fax: +66.2.2883022, +66.2.2881000
    E-mail address: [email protected]

    Meeting documents

    The secretariat has adopted a paperless approach to meetings. As a result, participants are expected to get acquainted with all the meeting documents prior to the meeting. Should participants wish hard copies of the documents, they are expected to bring them to the meeting. These documents will be made available prior to the session at www.unescap.org/events/committee-transport-fifth-session

    Participants wishing to circulate any papers or literature at the meeting are requested to consult staff from the secretariat servicing the meeting for the necessary arrangements.

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    ESCAP does not provide financial assistance for participation in the 5th session of the Committee on Transport. However, it does cover the travel expenses of officials participating in the workshop on cross-border co-deployment of fibre optic infrastructure along road and rail networks. In that regard, the following shall apply:

    Depending on which of the above applies, participants whose travel is sponsored (or partly sponsored) by ESCAP will receive a DSA to cover all costs associated with their participation in the meeting, including accommodation, meals and local transport while in Bangkok. A voucher to be cashed at the bank located on the ESCAP premises will be given to participants. Participants will receive their vouchers against submittal of a copy of their passports, copy of their air-tickets and the original boarding pass(es) for the flight(s) to Bangkok. To facilitate the issuance of vouchers, eligible participants are kindly requested to come with read-made copies of their passports. To date, the DSA for Bangkok is Thai Baht 7,150 (about US$ 216). Please note that this amount is subject to change without prior notice.

    Participants who are unable to stay for the entire duration of the meeting are requested to inform the secretariat as soon as possible after their arrival so that the DSA can be adjusted accordingly.

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    UNESCAP-UNECE-ICC-WCO-ADB Webinar on Advancing Single Window Development: latest trends and implications

    Submitted by WCHAROENSR on Tue, 25/04/2023 - 09:51
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    In the ever-evolving landscape of single window expansion, two recent developments will substantially impact the trading environment of ports and the EU.

    The first is the adoption of amendments to the Facilitation (FAL) Convention under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Facilitation Committee. This game-changing decision will make the single window for data exchange a mandatory requirement in ports worldwide, fueling a rapid acceleration of digitalization in shipping. The amendments are set to come into force on January 1, 2024.[1]

    The second development is the establishment of the EU Single Window Environment for Customs, which entered into EU law in December 2022 after nearly a decade of pilot projects and almost four years of preparations and negotiations. This regulation wold enable trading within the EU through its legal framework, designed to dramatically improve information sharing and digital cooperation among customs administrations and various government authorities. By streamlining the enforcement of non-customs formalities at the EU border in crucial areas such as health and safety, environmental protection, food and product safety, and agriculture, this initiative will empower economic operators to clear specific customs formalities with unprecedented ease.[2]

    Join our webinar to delve into the very essence of these Single Window developments. We will explore the success stories and lessons learned while shedding light on these innovations' transformative potential for industry and their far-reaching implications on trade.

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    • Mr. Yann Duval, Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), United Nations ESCAP
    • Ms. Elisabetta Gentile, Senior Economist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    • Ms. Maria Rosaria Ceccarelli, Chief, Trade Facilitation Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
    • Ms. Valerie Picard, Head of Trade, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
    • Mr. Brendan O'Hearn, Deputy Director of Procedures and Facilitation, World Customs Organization (WCO)
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    • Mr. Tengfei Wang, Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, United Nations ESCAP

    Topic 1: IMO's Facilitation (FAL) Convention Amendments

    • Mr. Jeppe Skovbakke Juhl, Manager, Maritime Safety & Security, BIMCO

      Topic 2: EU Single Window Environment for Customs

      • Mr. Zahouani Saadaoui, Head of Sector Digital Customs, the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD), European Commission
      • Mr. Arne Mielken, Managing Director, Customs Manager Ltd
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      • Ms. Kamola Khusnutdinova, Economic Affairs Officer, UNECE and Acting Secretary to UN/CEFACT

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      • Ms. Florence Binta Diao-Gueye, Leads, Trade & Customs, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
      • Mr. Christian LembkeTechnical Attaché, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate, World Customs Organization (WCO)
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      The secretariat is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak and is putting into place measures to mitigate public health risks associated with mass gatherings. The secretariat continues to receive guidance from the World Health Organization, the authorities of the host country of ESCAP and the United Nations Secretariat.

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      Depending on which of the above applies, participants whose travel is sponsored (or partly sponsored) by ESCAP will receive a DSA to cover all costs associated with their participation in the meeting, including accommodation, meals and local transport while in Bangkok. A voucher to be cashed at the bank located on the ESCAP premises will be given to participants. Participants will receive their vouchers against submittal of a copy of their passports, copy of their air-tickets and the original boarding pass(es) for the flight(s) to Bangkok. To facilitate the issuance of vouchers, eligible participants are kindly requested to come with read-made copies of their passports. To date, the DSA for Bangkok is Thai Baht 7,150 (about US$ 216). Please note that this amount is subject to change without prior notice.

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      In those cases where the participation costs are borne by ESCAP, the secretariat will provide only travel and DSA as expressed and will not assume responsibility for any other expenditures, including the following:

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      Mr. Yann Duval
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      Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), ESCAP
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      Yann Duval is currently Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation Section at UN-ESCAP, the regional branch of the United Nations Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Duval has conducted research and delivered technical assistance and advisory services on trade policy and facilitation throughout Asia and the Pacific, including on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. He spearheaded the development of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), as well as, interalia, the creation of the ESCAP-World Bank Trade Cost Database, the UN Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation and the online Trade Intelligence and Negotiation Adviser (TINA).

      Elisabetta Gentile
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      Elisabetta Gentile is Senior Economist at the South Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She is Maldives Country Team Leader and project officer for the SASEC Maldives National Single Window project. Her work currently focuses on trade and global value chain participation. She edited and co-authored the Global Value Chain Development Report 2021 and currently working on the 2023 edition. Elisabetta was previously a lecturer in the Department of Economics at the National University of Singapore, where she taught international economics. Elisabetta has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Houston.

       

      Maria Rosaria Ceccarelli
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      Chief, Trade Facilitation Section, UNECE
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      Maria Rosaria Ceccarelli has more than 25 years of experience in Trade & Transport Facilitation and electronic Business within UNECE where she is Chief of the Trade Facilitation Section. She is responsible, among others, for the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and electronic Business (UN/CEFACT). She manages a group of over 1,600 experts working on Trade Facilitation and eBusiness projects to produce Trade Facilitation Recommendations and eBusiness standards, that can foster growth in international trade and related services. Under her supervision UN/CEFACT is currently working on more than 25 projects on Trade Facilitation and eBusiness across all the value chain including projects on Blockchain and Internet-of-Things. In her former position in the UNECE’s Transport Division, where she has been working for 12 years, she has organized and delivered training to promote the development of border-crossing and transport facilitation and provided advisory services on customs questions affecting transport.

      Valerie Picard
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      Valerie Picard is the Head of Trade at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), a public private partnership working to make trade simpler, faster and more cost-effective in developing economies. Based at ICC’s global headquarters in Paris, as Head of Trade, Ms. Picard leads ICC’s global policy work in the areas of trade and investment, customs and trade facilitation, and trade finance. Ms. Picard also leads ICC’s contribution to the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation focusing on business engagement and strategic communications.

      Prior to joining ICC, Ms. Picard practiced law for 20 years both in private practice and in-house, notably advising on legal matters relating to public private partnerships and the development and operation of ports and terminals in Africa and Asia. Ms. Picard holds degrees from Duke University School of Law and Smith College.

       

      Mr. Brendan O'Hearn
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      From July 2013 to November 2019, Mr. O’Hearn served as both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Attaché and Department of Homeland Security Attaché in Tokyo, Japan. In these positions, he managed a broad range Homeland Security, Customs and Immigration issues. He was also responsible for providing advice and counsel to U.S. Ambassadors to Japan Caroline Kennedy and William Hagerty, as well as numerous Japanese lawmakers, on Homeland Security issues.

      Mr. O’Hearn started his public service career with the U.S. Customs Service in 1995 as an Import Specialist at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

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      Tengfei Wang
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      Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), ESCAP
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      Mr. Tengfei Wang joined the United Nations ESCAP as an Economic Affairs Officer in 2008. Since then, he has been working on the areas related to trade and transport facilitation, digital economy, technology and innovation. Currently, his work is mainly focused on implementing the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, providing advice to governments and undertaking studies on topics pertinent to trade facilitation, paperless trade and digital economy. In his career, he drafted many UN legislative documents, guidebooks and reports. Furthermore, he publishes extensively in peer-review academic journals on trade, logistics and digital economy. His publications have been cited over 4,000 times. He earned his PhD from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and was the winner of 'Palgrave Macmillan' global PhD thesis competition (2002-2005).

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      Jeppe Skovbakke Juhl
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      Manager, Maritime Safety & Security, BIMCO
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      Jeppe Skovbakke Juhl is educated as naval architect and holds a position as manager in the BIMCO department for Maritime Safety & Security for the past almost 12 years.

      He is responsible for coordinating BIMCO's initiative on a large variety of technical related matters. Currently his core competencies cover maritime digitalization and autonomous ships, port efficiency and ship-shore interface and data exchange. However, in the past, Mr. Juhl was deeply involved in technical knowledge to maritime air emissions and the IMO Green House Gas Strategy. Also, underwater radiated noise and lost containers at sea, as well as core knowledge in ship stability (intact and damage).

      Having attended IMO meetings through his whole career, he has fundamental insight to issues related to maritime flag state administration (flag state implementation, goal- and functional-based regulation, Risk-based approval process, including Formal Safety Assessment methodology).

      Mr. Juhl has previously been working at FORCE Technology with research and innovation projects for 8 years and at the Danish Maritime Authority for another 8 years.

      Zahouani Saadaoui
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      Head of Sector Digital Customs, European Commission DG TAXUD
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      Zahouani is a European electronic systems management expert, who has worked in the private sector for about a decade as an IT developer and solution architect before joining the European Commission DG TAXUD IT to work as the development manager for the Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS).

      For the last 7 years, Zahouani has worked on digital customs initiatives for trade facilitation at DG TAXUD leading a sector with business activities on the Registered Exporters System (REX) which entered into operations on 1st January 2017, the Classification system (CLASS) and the evolution of the Surveillance system.

      With his team, he now focuses on the legal, policy and business developments of the EU Single Window environment for customs and on the maintenance of the Multi-Annual Strategic Plan for Customs electronic systems (MASP-C). He is also a member of the Blockchain@TAXUD team and is focusing more specifically on customs use cases.

       

      Arne Mielken
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      Managing Director, Customs Manager Ltd
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      Arne Mielken has been a professional Customs and Global Trade Management Consultant & Trainer since 2011. He was appointed to be the Managing Director of Customs Manager Ltd in 2020. He has been a member of the Trade Contact Group of the Directorate-General of Taxation and Customs Union of the European Commission since 2005.

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      Kamola Khusnutdinova
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      Kamola Khusnutdinova is Economic Affairs Officer at the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division of UNECE. Since 2011, she has been focusing on Trade and Transport facilitation as well as standard-development within UNECE, where she currently leads the Secretariat supporting the work of UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT).

      Trained in Public Administration and International Relations, Kamola previously worked in the International Financing Institutions, such as the World Bank and the Global Fund, where she implemented projects aimed at improving relevant policies and institutional capacity in developing countries.

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      UN/CEFACT SW Domain Coordinators
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      Neelima Pamulapati is an accomplished Technical Consultant with a passion for trade facilitation and supply chain management. With over two decades of experience in the industry, she has excelled in various roles, including presales, consultation, project management, delivery, and operation/maintenance support services. Neelima has worked on projects of all sizes - from local implementations to nationwide rollouts - and has a proven track record of success.

      Currently serving as the Single Window Domain Coordinator in UN/CEFACT and Regional Director for CrimsonLogic’s EMEA-SA region, Neelima is known for her collaborative approach, project management skills, and expertise in solving intricate legacy system problems. She spent over 10 years at CrimsonLogic and GeTS, where she developed and implemented cutting-edge technological solutions for government agencies, addressing unique challenges in Customs, Port, and Logistics processes and solutions. Neelima is also an innovative problem solver, having created and proposed solutions for National Single Window implementations in multiple countries across various continents.

      Neelima's academic background includes a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wales and a bachelor’s degree in computer applications from Acharya Nagarjuna University.

       Florence Binta Diao-Gueye
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      Ms. Florence Binta Diao-Gueye joined the Secretariat of the International Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and is responsible for ICC’s policy engagement on a range of trade issues – working with the ICC Customs and Trade Commissions to develop distinctive policy positions and insights. She is driving corporate engagement in ICC’s trade and customs work — as well as outreach to the World Customs Organization and the World Trade Organization. Having graduated from universities in Germany and France, Ms Diao-Gueye holds a Master in International Security, African Studies as well as an LL.M. in International Law.

      Mr. Christian Lembke
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      Mr. Christian Lembke, as a Technical Attaché under the WCO Compliance and Facilitation Directorate since June 2020, is mainly involved in the area of the WCO Data Model, the online platform RAM-MAP SWIM, Advance Passenger Information as well as the Globally Networked Customs concept.

      He has previously worked as a customs officer at Frankfurt am Main Airport (Germany) in the field of risk assessment for air cargo shipments since 2005. He has been involved in a risk assessment project in an EU working group at the international level.

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      Submitted by SSUPHUTT on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 12:33
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      The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is working with climate data nonprofit TransitionZero providing investment-grade open data and modelling to improve energy connectivity and accelerate low-carbon development in the Asia-Pacific region.

      TransitionZero will present modelling analyses from its open source energy systems model Future Energy Outlook (FEO) at ESCAP regional events on energy systems planning and power system decarbonisation. Additionally, TransitionZero will contribute open source modelling to the Asia-Pacific Working Group of the Green Grids Initiative – chaired by ESCAP – which works with parliamentarians, investors, and large donor institutions to facilitate a globally interconnected electricity grid.

      As one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, ESCAP provides a platform for its member States to dialogue and strengthen regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific. ESCAP promotes energy connectivity through workshops and expert group meetings designed to delineate and address the principal barriers to energy connectivity from national, subregional, and regional perspectives.

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      Side Event | Rethinking public debt policies for the SDGs: Regional perspectives

      Submitted by NABARQUE on Mon, 10/04/2023 - 09:59
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      During the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-Up 2023, the five Regional Commissions of the United Nations - namely, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) - hosted a Side Event | Rethinking public debt policies for the SDGs: Regional perspectives last 18 April 2023, at 13.30 - 14:30 hours at Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York.

      The potential policy options and approaches to deal with sovereign debt distress while keeping in view the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and long-term climate ambitions were discussed. Given a vast diversity among different regions of the world, this event also discussed policy experiences and lessons which can inform policy formulation and implementation in other regions. It also discussed ways by which enhanced multilateral cooperation, with the support of United Nations Regional Commissions, can facilitate member States and the international development community in taking their initiatives forward.

      For further information, here is the side-event summary.

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      ECOSOC 2023 Side event | Rethinking public debt

       

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      Panelists [5 minutes each]

      • H.E. Mr. Shehan Semasinghe, State Minister of Finance, Sri Lanka
      • Mr. Pedro Manuel Moreno, Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD
      • Ms. Hanan Morsy, Deputy Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa
      • Ms. Elisa Parisi-Capone, Vice President – Senior Analyst, Sovereign Risk Group, Moody's Investors Service
      • Ms. Shari Spiegel, Chief of Policy Analysis and Development Branch, DESA
      • Mr. Ulrich Volz, Professor of Economics, SOAS, University of London and Senior Research Fellow, German Institute of Development and Sustainability

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      • Mr. Hamza Malik, Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, ESCAP

       

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      The sixth session of the Committee on Transport is scheduled to be held from 12 to 13 November 2020.

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      Participants who are unable to stay for the entire duration of the meeting are requested to inform the secretariat as soon as possible after their arrival so that the DSA can be adjusted accordingly.

      In those cases where the participation costs are borne by ESCAP, the secretariat will provide only travel and DSA as expressed and will not assume responsibility for any other expenditures, including the following:

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      Opening green windows: Technological opportunities for a low-carbon world Perspectives from Asia and the Pacific

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      This webinar co-organized by UNCTAD and ESCAP will present UNCTAD's Technology and Innovation Report 2023 and ESCAP’s Report on enabling the green transition of business. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion by experts and policymakers from Asia and the Pacific region. The discussion will be centered around ways of moving forward with policy options for countries in the region to strategically position themselves to take advantage of green windows of opportunity. The event will serve as a platform for peer learning and raise awareness of policy options to harness the frontier technologies to achieve the dual goal of economic growth and environmental sustainability.

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      Participants are requested to register and obtain a visitor’s badge with ID picture on the first day of the meeting, i.e. Monday, 19 November 2018 between 08.00 hours and 09.00 hours. This is done at the Registration Counter located on the ground floor of the UNCC. Participants who are not able to register during the time indicated above are requested to do so immediately upon their arrival at UNCC and before going to the conference room. This procedure is important for security reason and will also ensure that all participants’ names appear on the list of participants.

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      In conformity with standard United Nations security procedures, all participants must complete a mandatory online registration at https://meetings.unescap.org/. Participants are encouraged to complete this procedure well in advance of the meeting and no later than 1 October 2018. To facilitate the process, participants are encouraged to submit their photo in advance.

      For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear their meeting badges at all times when on the United Nations compound, and also during the meeting and at social functions. The loss of a meeting badge should be communicated to the Conference Management Unit, located on the ground floor of the UNCC behind the registration counter, so that a new one can be issued immediately.

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      Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
      Bangkok 10200
      Thailand
      Fax: +66.2.2883022, +66.2.2881000
      E-mail address: [email protected]

      Meeting documents

      The secretariat has adopted a paperless approach to meetings. As a result, participants are expected to get acquainted with all the meeting documents prior to the meeting. Should participants wish hard copies of the documents, they are expected to bring them to the meeting. These documents will be made available prior to the session at www.unescap.org/events/committee-transport-fifth-session

      Participants wishing to circulate any papers or literature at the meeting are requested to consult staff from the secretariat servicing the meeting for the necessary arrangements.

      Daily subsistence allowance

      ESCAP does not provide financial assistance for participation in the 5th session of the Committee on Transport. However, it does cover the travel expenses of officials participating in the workshop on cross-border co-deployment of fibre optic infrastructure along road and rail networks. In that regard, the following shall apply:

      Depending on which of the above applies, participants whose travel is sponsored (or partly sponsored) by ESCAP will receive a DSA to cover all costs associated with their participation in the meeting, including accommodation, meals and local transport while in Bangkok. A voucher to be cashed at the bank located on the ESCAP premises will be given to participants. Participants will receive their vouchers against submittal of a copy of their passports, copy of their air-tickets and the original boarding pass(es) for the flight(s) to Bangkok. To facilitate the issuance of vouchers, eligible participants are kindly requested to come with read-made copies of their passports. To date, the DSA for Bangkok is Thai Baht 7,150 (about US$ 216). Please note that this amount is subject to change without prior notice.

      Participants who are unable to stay for the entire duration of the meeting are requested to inform the secretariat as soon as possible after their arrival so that the DSA can be adjusted accordingly.

      In those cases where the participation costs are borne by ESCAP, the secretariat will provide only travel and DSA as expressed and will not assume responsibility for any other expenditures, including the following:

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      2. You are representing your Government only at the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule.
      3. You are representing your Government at both the 5th session of the Committee on Transport and the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and DSA for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule and participants have to cover three nights on a self-financing basis (i.e. 18 to 20 November 2018).
        1. all expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for visa, medical examination, inoculations and other such miscellaneous items and internal travel to and from the airport of arrival and departure in the home country;
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