e-Health in Asia and the Pacific: Challenges and Opportunities

This report explores the experiences of countries in the Asia Pacific region, both in e-Health initiatives and policy actions. It also looks at the initiatives and polices at the trans-boundary level. The analysis both at national and regional levels sheds some light on the great potentials of e-Health in improvising the delivery of health care in the region, as well as the remaining challenges to fulfill such potentials.

Developing Women’s Entrepreneurship and E-business in Green Cooperatives in the Asian and Pacific Region

Through the formation of women’s cooperatives and development of their capacity in entrepreneurship, women can become better equipped to enter the market for green products and gain access to vital resources needed for businesses. With dramatic growth in ICT innovation, women’s green cooperatives in the region can benefit from the use of e-business practices. This guidebook provides policy makers and entrepreneurs with background information in this niche area, with guidelines on developing women’s cooperatives, entrepreneurship and e-business.

Internet Use for Business Development: An Introductory Set of Training Modules for Policymakers

This publication is the output of the project on “Capacity Building in Internet Governance” financially supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea. The project aimed at the government policy makers and implementers to utilize their capacity for formulation and implementation of essential public and other policies relevant to internet governance for sustainable socio-economic development and to enhance effective participation in the regional and global internet governance forums.

Policy Brief in ICT Applications in the Knowledge Economy, No. 3: ICT for the Economic and Social Development of Rural Communities

The establishment of ICT access points poses numerous challenges, particularly for those located in extremely remote areas that are inaccessible by roads and/or have no power supply. In this policy brief, we feature appropriate policies drawn from the experience of successes and failures to promote the establishment of sustainable ICT access points for the economic and social development of rural communities.

Integration of Information and Communication Technologies into National Development Plans for Central Asian Countries

This publication is the output of the project on "Capacity Building for ICT Policymaking" supported by UNDA and executed in cooperation with UNECE. The project’s main objective was to assist decision makers in Central Asia and the Caucasus in building indigenous capacity for ICT strategy and policy development, in particular for integration of ICT in national development programme. It is the major aim of this publication to assist in reaching the above-mentioned objective.

UNESCAP Reference No.:  ST/ESCAP/2502

Enhancing Pacific Connectivity: The Current Situation, Opportunities for Progress

Compiling new socio-economic and connectivity indicators, the study finds most Pacific states delivering on health care and education, with many people noting that socio-economic opportunities provided by affordable and effective communications may now be a high priority. The study describes opportunities for improved cable and satellite connectivity, and for the use of terrestrial wireless as well as wired and satellite connectivity within Pacific states.

Towards Regional Cooperative Mechanisms for Managing Floods and Drought in Asia and the Pacific Using Space Technology

This study examines gaps between operational needs, institutional capabilities and space technology applications for disaster management, and outlines the need for national policies and capacity building mechanisms to bridge the gap. The distinct role of ESCAP to harness the potential of space technology in developing and least developed countries with critical vulnerability and constrained institutional capabilities are also presented.

UNESCAP Reference No.:  ST/ESCAP/2318

Towards a Policy Framework for Integrating Space Technology Applications for Sustainable Development on the Information Superhighway

This study examines the effects development and convergence of technologies, including space technology, on the economy, culture and politics of countries all around the world. The influence of space technologies within the context of information superhighways to those sectors are analyzed in detail.

UNESCAP Reference No.:  ST/ESCAP/2226

Space Technology Applications for Poverty Alleviation

In this report, Section I discusses poverty alleviation in the context of information, communication, and space technologies; Section II introduces trends and perspectives of relevant space technologies for poverty alleviation; Sections III addresses specific areas of poverty alleviation from a space technology perspective; Section IV discusses the relevant policy environment necessary for making these applications affordable, accessible and useful; and Section V summarizes recommendations made by the Expert Group Meeting on 20-21 August 2003.

UNESCAP Reference No.: ST/ESCAP/2309