Economic and Social Commission
for Western Asia
Weekly News 5 May 2003
Three Organisations in ESCWA Region Win United Nations Public Service Awards
Following a 2000 decision of the Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Division for
Public Administration and Development Management, in 2002, established the United Nations
Public Service Awards. The Awards recognize institutional contributions made to enhance the role,
professionalism and visibility of public services. Created to draw attention to best practices, the
awards are given every two years in three categories: improvement of public service results;
improvements of the public service process; and innovations in the public service.
The winners of the 2002 Awards have been announced and include three organisations in the
Improvement of Public Service Results:
Oman: Muscat Municipality, working for the cleanliness of Muscat.
Improvement of the Quality of the Public Service Process:
Egypt: Ministry of State for Administrative Development, working for the improvement
Of administrative machinery.
Innovations in the Public Service:
Lebanon: Education Center for Research and Development, for research, training and
The Award ceremony will take place at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 23 June
2003 on the United Nations Public Service Day.
For more information, go to http://www.unpan.org/dpepa_PSaward.asp.
Delivery of 59 Training Certificates in the South of Lebanon
During a ceremony on 24 April 2003, participants in the ESCWA
vocational training courses gathered with family and friends at the
ESCWA development centre in Marjeyoun to receive their training
The 59 women and men received their
certificates for having taken one of the following
vocational training courses: Hairdressing and
Make-up or Computer Repair and Maintenance, conducted jointly by ESCWA
and the Association d’Aide au Développement Rural (ADR); or the course in
Automobile Engineering conducted by IndBatt V at its workshop in Ibl El
UNIFIL has also scheduled a course on Post-natal Care at the Marjeyoun centre. Addressing young
mothers in particular, the course will be conducted by the resident doctor of IndBatt V and will be
running for two weeks in May.
On another note, two studies have been finalized and submitted to ESCWA, one on Information
and Communication Technology (ICT) Capacity Building for Schools and another one on the Ibl El
Saki Ecological Park. The consultants have provided ESCWA with a complete report and project
proposals. The study on ICT Capacity Building for Schools draws a plan of action spread over
three years to bring the level of ICT teaching in the post-occupied region of south Lebanon to the
rest of the country and the rest of the world. The study of the Ibl EL Saki Ecological Park has
proposed implementation and management plans, and a phased plan of action, that are necessary
to realize and sustain such a development proposal.
For more information, check http://www.escwa.org.lb/about/pptc/south/main.html.
ESCWA and Arab Women and Women and Men in the Arab World
The Women Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming Team released a brochure on ESCWA and
Arab Women and a statistical flyer on Women and Men in the Arabic Countries in March 2003.
The brochure, which is available in Arabic, English and French, provides an
overview of the objectives, challenges and the role of ESCWA in promoting the
empowerment of women and gender mainstreaming. It includes information
regarding the Beijing Conference (1995) and beyond, such as a list of publications
related to political, social and economic perspectives. It also includes a summary of
operational activities including regional meetings and
workshops held at ESCWA pertaining to gender issues.
The statistical flyer, prepared in both Arabic and
English, provides statistics on a number of issues in the
Arab countries, including indicators on life expectancy at birth, total
fertility rates, illiteracy rates, percentage of women and men in the
labour force, distribution of university students by field of specialization
and gender in selected countries, gender distribution of labour force by economic sector in
selected countries, political participation of women in parliaments as well as a list of Arab
countries that are party to the Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
5 & 6 May Beirut
Regional Conference on Latest Developments in Intellectual Property Rights
Organised with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the
Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade, this ESCWA Conference will discuss a variety of topics.
5 to 8 May Cairo
Workshop on Knowledge Mapping for Integrated Water Resources Management in the ESCWA
In cooperation with various organizations, this ESCWA workshop will introduce the concept,
methodology and tools of knowledge mapping of the Arab Integrated Water Resources
Management Network (AWARENET). AWARENET is a network of training and research institutes
collaborating on improving and disseminating knowledge on concepts of Integrated Water
Resources Management and their application in the ESCWA region.
7 & 8 May Beirut
Regional Conference on Intellectual Property Rights and E-Commerce
Organised with WIPO in cooperation with the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade, this
ESCWA Conference will discuss Internet-related issues, both globally and in the Arab region.
The United Nations Launch
“Organizational Integrity Initiative”
At a time when major organizations around the
world are taking a closer look at corporate Tel: 00 961 1 981 301
governance issues, the United Nations launched Fax: 00 961 1 981 510
its own initiative to mainstream ethics and
integrity throughout its family of agencies and funds. United Nations House
With financial support from Norway, the United Nations Office P.O. box 11-8575
for Internal Oversight Services will focus on diagnostic
training, publicity, enforcement and early detection measures, Beirut 2023 6501
as well as perception surveys. Lebanon
The initiative is part of the Secretary-General ongoing efforts
to reform the Organization and strengthen the culture of high http://www.escwa.org.lb
performance, accountability and results.