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Webinar on Promoting Grassroots Innovation: Present Situation, Challenges, and Policies

2 NOV 2020 TO 3 NOV 2020 BANGKOK, THAILAND VIRTUAL Grassroots innovation is a modality of inclusive innovation that enables affordable, niche-adapted solutions developed by members of informal sector at community level, like farmers, artisans, workers, mechanics, children etc., to address unmet needs or local problems, often unaided by public sector or actors in the formal sector, including firms, science and technological institutions, and non-governmental organisations.

AI for Social Good Summit

November is AI for Social Good Month. Join a virtual series of investigative discussions, conversations, and policy briefings with leading AI thinkers and doers from Asia and beyond Artificial Intelligence demonstrates immense potential for bringing economic and social benefits by revolutionising areas such as healthcare, public services, finance, education and communications. However the benefits of AI’s potential are at risk of being offset by a list of challenges including job losses, data privacy concerns and increasing inequity.  

Third ASEAN Inclusive Business Summit

Inclusive Business Partnerships to Address Challenges Ahead Virtual Event, Bangkok 29 September 2020 | Thailand Time: GMT+7

ILO - Call for abstracts: Technology and the transition from informal to formal economy

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) invite researchers to submit proposals for innovative research papers relevant to the theme of the use of digital technologies in support of accelerating results in the transition from the informal to formal economy. The deadline for submission has been EXTENDED to 11 September 2020. ILO Call for abstracts: Link

United Nations launches a call for research proposals on evidence-based financial solutions for women entrepreneurs

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a call for research proposals which will provide up to US$ 25,000 in funding to a maximum of 6 proposals, to undertake human centered design inspired research. The research should explore the nuanced challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in accessing financing at different stages of their enterprise journey and offer solutions to those challenges.

Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation, Third Session

The Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation, Third Session will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 19 to 20 August 2020 virtually via video conference. Bangkok-based representatives from member States and international organizations are welcome to participate in person at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. Provisional agenda

Expert Group Meeting: Regional Consultation on “Enabling policies for business innovation for inclusive and sustainable development"

VIRTUAL MEETING, THAILAND BY INVITATION ONLY Business has been a source of innovation and economic dynamism in the Asia-Pacific region. However, to meet the ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals, innovative government policies that incentivize business to focus on creating social and environmental, as well as economic value, are urgently required. In response to this challenge, governments have been implementing policy measures to catalyze social enterprise, inclusive business and impact investing. The consultation will be an opportunity to: