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ESCWA: Regional analysis and policy responses – RC Update No. 25/1 July 2021

Research and analysis Training Manual on the Use of GIS to Analyse Climate Change Data (Publication) Regional emergency response to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (Publication) Benefits of Peace in Libya: Neighbouring Countries and Beyond (Publication) Testing the robustness of the revised multidimensional poverty index for Arab countries (Publication) A flexible modeling approach to nowcasting and forecasting Arab multidimensional […]

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

On World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, marked annually on 17 June, ESCWA, the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) and United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) held a virtual event to announce the winners of the video challenge on “Restoring Degraded Land in the Arab Region” that was launched in March for young people […]

ESCWA: Regional analysis and policy responses – RC Update No. 24/15 June 2021

  Research and analysis The Arab Gender Gap Report 2020: Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals (Flagship publication) Demographic and Social Statistics in the Arab Region (Report) National Technical Guidelines on E-Accessibility for the Arab Region (Publication) News and press releases The development of digital services in the Arab region (News – 9 June) […]

Digital transformation in Iraqi agriculture

To boost dialogue between the public and private agriculture sectors and foster collaboration among digital economy stakeholders, ESCWA participated on 1 June in a national workshop on digital economy in Iraq, organized by the Iraqi Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the World Bank Group. Participants discussed potential cases using digital economy in Iraq and outlined actionable plans towards the country’s […]

Review of e-Transaction law in Jordan

From 30 May to 2 June, ESCWA and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship in Jordan organized four consultation workshops on “Review of e-Transaction Law in Jordan.” ESCWA provided technical assistance in reviewing the current e-Transaction law (issued in 2015) to update it to be more compatible with digital transformation requirements. Participants discussed current challenges impeding the implementation of […]

Assessment of Coursera initiative in Lebanon

On 1 June, ESCWA and the Lebanese Ministry of Labor held a discussion on the “#لازم_نتعلّم” initiative with Coursera, to assess the courses and skills acquired by the participants as well as in relation to the job market demands. ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti highlighted the positive impact of this initiative on Lebanese young people, as 53.8% of participants were unemployed […]

ESCWA: Regional analysis and policy responses – RC Update No. 23/1 June 2021

Research and analysis The Arab Gender Gap Report 2020: Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals (Flagship publication) National Technical Guidelines on E-Accessibility for the Arab Region (Publication) Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment within National Institutions: Technical Notes (Second Edition) (Publication) Towards More Gender Inclusive National Institutions: Concepts and Guidelines (Publication) Open […]

ESCWA at WSIS: regional commissions round table

On 20 May, ESCWA participated in the UN regional commissions’ round table held on the sidelines of the WSIS Forum 2021. Speakers from the five regional commissions shared initiatives to promote the use of digital technologies to mitigate the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, in line with WSIS principles. These initiatives include the provision of research, standards and […]

Consultation meeting on UN e-Government Survey 2022

In the context of collaboration between ESCWA and UNDESA on successive UN e-Government Surveys, ESCWA contributed on 24 May to virtual regional consultations aimed at improving the 2022 round. ESCWA stressed the importance of updating the survey in order to help countries build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic, advancing proposals for fine-tuning selected components. The e-Government Survey is […]

Improving aid efficiency for Arab least developed countries

In preparation for the 5th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) which will take place next year in Qatar, ESCWA held a meeting on 25 May on the margins of PrepCom1 to present Arab LDC priorities and discuss the possibility of establishing a close follow-up mechanism to improve aid efficiency. Representatives of Arab LDCs and their development partners discussed […]

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