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30 April 2015
Call for Papers: 2015 EROPA Conference

Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) will hold its 2015 Annual Conference in Shanghai, China from October 17-21, 2015. The Organizing Committee cordially invites professionals, academics and practitioners, PhD students and young researchers in public administration in the eastern region and beyond to participate in the conference and make presentations.

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08 December 2014
2014 Global City Informatization Forum Co-organized by RCOCI

During 2014 Global City Informatization Forum co-organized by Regional Cooperation Office for City Informatization (RCOCI), participants from all around the world deeply discussed and actively brainstormed on the theme of “Smartness, Integration, Convergence”. We came up with a number of fantastic new concepts, ideas and approaches benefited from collective wisdom in terms of accelerating ICT innovation, deepening construction of smart cities, and informatizing a better life.

Please click here to view the brief conclusion report.

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24 September 2014
Call for 2014 Top Ten Global Smart City Outstanding Cases

To promote the cooperation and communication about smart city among the international society, the Organizing Committee of Global City Informatization Forum (GCIF) launches the activity to select “2014 Top Ten Global Smart City Outstanding Cases”, which is co-organized by Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai Smart City Construction Promotion Center, and the website www.people.com.cn. Please send the application materials to the Organizing Committee of GCIF before October 10, 2014 through email at houjiajia@sass.org.cn.

Click the links below for more information:
Announcement       Application Form      Preliminary Agenda
22 September 2014
10th Biennial Conference of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration (CAPAM)
  The 10th Biennial Conference of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration (CAPAM) will be held from October 19 – 21, 2014. This event which will be held in partnership with the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), will take place at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Putrajaya, Malaysia. 

For more information and to register, please visit, http://events.capam.org/.
10 June 2014
Call for Manuscripts International Journal of Civil Service Reform and Practice

The Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana seeks submissions to its journal, the International Journal of Civil Service Reform and Practice. The journal has successfully published two issues, and seeks to publish manuscripts of interest to participants of the Regional Hub. The Regional Hub was established in 2013. The Hub was initiated through a joint project between the United Nations Development Programme and the Agency for Civil Service Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Hub has over 30 participating countries and 5 international organizations.

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24 January 2014
RCOCI Signed New Strategic Cooperation Agreement
On January 15, as backbones of RCOCI, Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences signed strategic agreement for future profound cooperation. The two parts will co-organize 2014 Global City Informatization Forum held in November, and the new website for the Forum was launched.

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08 November 2013
Congratulations! News of United States Has Reached its 1000 Pieces Milestone!
As an important part in the whole UNPAN system, Public Administration News has undergone steady development and the news of United States has reached another milestone, with its 1000 pieces of publication on North America Region, RCOCI is hereby happy to announce.
  • Top 3 most "clicked" regions brought by PA news: Asia-Pacific, Africa, North America
  • Top 5 countries with the largest number of PA news: South Africa, China, United States, India, Australia
It should be noticed, compared with the statistics issued one year ago, the number of news of United States has a sharp rise, exceeding India and popping into the top 3 list. Meanwhile, Australia’s news amount also greatly goes up, replacing Japan on the top 5 list.

19 July 2013
UNPAN-AP Editorial Department Publishes Documents on e-Gov and ICT Development
As a powerful tool for economic and social development, ICT aims at bridging the digital divide and aiding economic development by fostering equitable access to modern communications technologies. Recently UNPAN-AP Editorial Department collects and compiles about 150 documents on this specific topic, covering fields such as e-Gov, e-Commerce, e-Society, e-Security, Internet and Informatization Development. Please click here to read more.
2015 EROPA Conference
Oct 17, 2015 to Oct 21, 2015
Shanghai Administration Institute, Shanghai, P.R. China

EROPA, Chinese Academy for Personnel Science, Shanghai Administration Institute
Progress of China's Human Rights Cause in 2013 (in Chinese)
The pursuit of the improvement of human rights never ends, for there is always room for better human rights condition. China's progress in its human rights undertaking is there for everybody to see.
28 September 2015
Three-dimensional Transportation Corridor Planning of Yangtze River Economic Belt (in Chinese)
This plan is formulated to co-ordinate the Yangtze River Economic Belt transportation infrastructure,strengthen various modes of organizational link, improve the overall transportation system. The planning period is from 2014 to 2020.
28 September 2015
Pacific Leadership Pivotal in Global Health Initiative - Every Women, Every Child, Every Adolescent, Everywhere
As nations that greet the new day before any other region in the world, the Pacific collection are well-positioned to claim a lead role in the realization of global strategy for women's, children's and adolescents' health. The Millennium Development Goals has affirmed how time-bound and monitored albeit non-legally-binding objectives can accelerate regional and national progress in the realization of human rights for all, the alleviation of poverty, the improvement of gender equality dynamics and so forth. No one can claim perfection in the realization of development goals and plans, as each country has unique realities to work with, different priorities and approaches, but as nations still in their socio-political infancy, the Pacific nations have remarkably made their presence known and issues felt at international fora. As we embark on the journey that is the Sustainable Development Goals with its specificity of reference to climate change and oceans, Pacific nation leaders have been loud and proud, affirming their support for each other particularly in relation to climate change talks. The Pacific leadership can also play a pivotal role in, and create, waves of change from the southern hemisphere in a completely different sector though one that is fundamental for a resilient population in climate change adaptation talk, and that is: good health of every woman, every child and every adolescent, everywhere. Regionally-speaking, there is political will for decisive action in regional development frameworks supportive of international commitments while providing perimeters of the creation of an enabling environment for addressing the interplay between climate change and reproductive, maternal, newborn, children's and adolescents' health (RMNCAH). * The 2015 46th Pacific Islands Forum communique recognized climate change as the "single greatest threat" to the existence of Oceania peoples and the "disproportionate impact of climate change on women"; there is a separate climate change declaration from the meeting. * The 2015 Suva Declaration on Climate Change affirms in (16) i.e "…addressing gender-based inequality and discrimination is essential for effective action on climate change". * The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) urges "urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts" (SDG 13). * The 2015 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction frames such development and humanitarian integration as both important and urgent stating that countries should: "Strengthen the design and implementation of inclusive policies and social safety-net mechanisms, including through community involvement, integrated with livelihood enhancement programs, and access to basic health care services including maternal, newborn and child health, sexual and reproductive health, food security…" Consider a legacy of this time and age, with all the advanced medical knowledge and services humanity claims to have, that 800 women continue to die daily from preventable pregnancy and childbirth complications. The majority of these maternal deaths are attributed to hemorrhage (27 per cent), hypertensive disorder (14 per cent), sepsis (11 per cent) and complications of abortion (8 per cent). Newborn deaths have actually declined by 40 per cent since 1990, though about 2.8 million newborns died in 2013 - newborn deaths account for 44 per cent of all deaths of children under 5, globally-speaking. The three main causes of newborn births remain pre-term birth complications (35 per cent), intrapartum conditions (24 per cent) and infections (20 per cent). Stillbirths have declined albeit a mere 15 per cent since 1995, an estimated 2.6 million stillbirths occurred globally in 2009. The largely nonchalance attitude towards care before and around birth, and related health systems will be detrimental to any efforts to strengthen resilience in national populations. Last week (September 28, 2015) the Global Strategy for Women's Children's and Adolescents' Health was launched by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General. The initiative, representative of commitment of more than US$25 billion in the next five years, includes new policies and groundbreaking partnerships from 40 countries and over 100 international organisations, philanthropic foundations, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector. The specificity of everywhere in the global movement borne out of RMNCAH (Every Women, Every Child, Every Adolescent, Everywhere) seeks to emphasise that this state of good health must include humanitarian or fragile situations. RMNCAH in the context of climate change therefore is crucial for resilience - whether one is speaking of human population or ensuring an enabling environment for RMNCAH to thrive. RMNCAH is crucial for strengthening of individual agency that collectively would give you your resilient population. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services recognising the critical importance of filling the gap in climate change adaptation discourse has invited its regional counterparts to discuss this very basic of health considerations between October 26 and 28. The interplay between the impact of climate change and Pacific nations' status of RMNCAH exists; the shifting realities of humanitarian and fragile settings needs to be better anticipated, planned for and resourced. Oceania nations and peoples face unique challenges being at the forefront of impacts of climate change: investments in health, wellbeing and dignity of women, young people and children have a powerful role in shoring up the resilience of island communities. Discussing it at this level will also ensure that the Pacific voice will be loud and potentially cause ripples of change across global conversations come COP21 (21st session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, December 2015), the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2016 and/or the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador, October 2016. No one can be left behind in development initiatives and global progress particularly in the context of humanitarian or fragile settings, expected to increase in the Pacific region because of global warming - no women, no child, no adolescent, because everyone counts.
13 October 2015
Innovation to Improve Transportation’s Efficiency and Effectiveness
“Innovation in regional transportation systems should address the evolving challenges encountered in transport sector and further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations,” said Philippine Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya on Friday. Abaya made this announcement to transportation ministers who met in Cebu, the Philippines at the 9th APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting to address vital topics relevant to the support of region’s growth to create greater prosperity to the people in the region. Under the theme, theme “Driving Economic Growth: Inclusive Mobility and Sustainable Transport Systems,” Ministers took note of the emphasis given to ensure that transportation services and facilities are accessible and convenient to the public, while remaining reliable and resilient in the face of disasters and environmental and resource constraints.
13 October 2015
China to Improve Pension System for Veterans
China will ensure and improve veterans' standard of living through a reformed pension system, Xinhua learned on Wednesday. The State Council and the Central Military Commission have approved a plan to improve the veteran pension system. The General Department of Logistics, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the Headquarters of the General Staff and the General Political Department of the People's Liberation Army jointly issued two notices on the reform. The notices said that veterans will be retroactively eligible for the benefits from Oct. 1, 2014, and they will be subsidized by the central government with a basic pension allowance and occupational pension allowance. An unidentified official with the General Department of Logistics said the reform shows the central authority and President Xi Jinping's concern for service people.
13 October 2015
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