DESA News Vol. 13, No. 07 July 2009

Trends and analysis

Sharing experiences in economic census

Country representatives and experts will join a workshop in Seoul from 6-9 July, organized by DESA’s Statistics Division and in collaboration with Korea National Statistical Office

The workshop is dedicated to the topics of great relevance for the establishment and maintenance of a sound foundation for the compilation of economic statistics in countries at different levels of economic development. It is a follow up event to the First International Workshop on Economic Census, jointly organized by the Statistics Division and the National Bureau of Statistics of China in 2005, which evaluated the potential of the economic census for production of high quality and policy relevant economic statistics and concluded that it serves as the cornerstone for the economic statistics infrastructure of many countries.

This Second International Workshop on Economic Census is aiming to provide a discussion forum for country representatives and international experts to share and document their experiences in economic census and its role in addressing the challenges faced by the National Statistical Offices in measuring the constantly changing economies. The workshop will review all aspects of the conduct of an economic census – from its planning, through data collection and processing, to the dissemination and analysis of census results.

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Causes, impact and remedies of economic crisis

Panel discussion on Public Administration and Economic Crisis will be held during the Specialized Conference of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences from 7-11 July in Helsinki

The current economic crisis engulfing many countries, both developed & developing, is not the first one and will certainly not be the last the world has witnessed. Whichever way the crisis is looked at, governments or public administrations are not innocent in the matter. The issue of the crisis can be examined in relation to public administration with a view to determine to what extent, policies or lack of policies, action or inaction, decisions or indecisions of government contributed to the emergence of the crisis.

It is equally necessary to diagnostically analyze the extent to which the situation has impacted Public Administration and Society in general. Moreover, and probably more importantly, it is necessary for each government and regional & global governance player to examine what could be done to avert, minimize or mitigate the impact of the economic crisis on the society they serve as well as future generations.

During the “International Specialized Conference” of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), DESA’s Division for Public Administration & Development Management and IIAS will host a Panel Discussion on "Public Administration and Economic Crisis: Causes, Impact and Remedies". The Panel will be chaired by Mr. Rolet Loretan, IIAS Director General. Joining as Panellists are Mr. John-Mary Kauzya, Chief of Governance and Public Administration Branch, DESA and Professor Wang Zhongming, Acting Dean of School of Management of Zhejiang University, Republic of China. The panel will discuss issues related to public administration and the current economic crisis.

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New membership to DESA’s GAID

New chairmanship and new members is a partial renewal of the Steering Committee and Strategy Council of DESA’s Global Alliance for Information and Communications Technologies for Development (GAID)

Mr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, CEO of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization, has been appointed as the new Chairman. He will take over from Dr. Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation. The new Chairman will be assisted by Mr. Ramón Garza, CEO, Índigo Media and Mr. Kamran Elahian, CEO, Global Catalyst Partners, as Co-Chairs in an arrangement aimed at ensuring a powerful leadership team to solidify GAID’s successful functioning in the coming year and beyond.

Replacing one-third of the membership of both the Committee and the Council, the new members are expected to follow up on the alliance’s strategic work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through ICT, initiated in past years. Prominent individuals from both the public and private sectors were selected to join the Steering Committee based on their ongoing commitments towards achieving the MDGs through various uses of ICT. Several national governments and international organizations were added on the Strategy Council membership, as well as individuals, in their effort to define priorities and policy directions, and to promoting further partnerships under the umbrella of the Global Alliance.

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Mobile technology and social networking tools for development

Multi-stakeholder panel discussions during the 12th session of the UN Commission on Science and Technology (CSTD), convened in Geneva from 25-29 May

As part of the 12th session, the CSTD Secretariat along with DESA’s GAID, ITU and WHO organized two panels in response to the request by the Chairman of CSTD. The Panels focused on Mobile Technology, Convergence and Social Networking Tools for Development and Poverty Alleviation, and on Delivering Innovation in Global Public Health. The event provided a great opportunity for policymakers and representatives of civil society and regional and international organizations to enhance the understanding of the importance of science and technology in development and to identify specific measures needed at various levels to ensure that science and technology contribute effectively to achieving the MDGs.

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