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A Determined Path To The SDGs In 2030 Despite The COVID-19 Pandemic

Sunday, 26 July 2020, 5:59 pm | UN ESCAP

By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Kanni Wignaraja, Bambang Susantono As lockdowns ease in countries across Asia and the Pacific in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is clear—a return to business as usual is unimaginable in a region that was ... More >>

Sustainable Tourism And Fisheries Key To Growth In Post-COVID Pacific

Monday, 29 June 2020, 4:07 pm | UN ESCAP

By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Developing countries of Asia and the Pacific are experiencing unbalanced tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grim milestones in infections and deaths have left countless devastated. Yet, we must look at the economic and social impacts More >>

Regional Forum Concludes With Call For Multi-stakeholder Partnerships To Build Back Post COVID-19

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 6:15 am | UN ESCAP

The 7th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) concluded today with a resounding call for countries to revive international cooperation and multi-stakeholder partnerships in tackling the huge socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, ... More >>

Asia-Pacific Countries Convene On Regional Actions To Mitigate COVID-19 Impacts

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 6:54 am | UN ESCAP

Heads of State, senior government officials and other stakeholders from 62 countries will convene this week to coordinate stronger regional responses in addressing the significant socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hard hit the ... More >>

IRENA And ESCAP Step Up Joint Efforts To Support Asia-Pacific’s Crisis Response

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 6:17 pm | UN ESCAP

The two organisations will seek to bolster provision of low-cost, sustainable energy to prepare health systems for vaccine delivery and rebuild economies Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and ... More >>

Increase Spending On Managing COVID-19 Pandemic And Decarbonize To Tackle Climate Emergency

Wednesday, 8 April 2020, 5:52 pm | UN ESCAP

Bangkok ( ESCAP news ) – The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having far-reaching economic and social consequences for the Asia-Pacific region, with strong cross-border spillover effects through trade, tourism and financial linkages, according to a new ... More >>

Trade in Asia-Pacific declines for the first time since 2009

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 8:06 am | UN ESCAP

Bangkok ( ESCAP news ) – Asia-Pacific economies may see positive trade growth in 2020 but are still facing downside risks from the adverse impacts of the United States – China trade tensions, two new trade briefs by the United Nations Economic ... More >>

Equality beyond reach for many in Asia-Pacific

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 6:01 pm | UN ESCAP

Bangkok – Over 500 Ministers, senior policymakers, UN officials, civil society, youth and private sector representatives from across Asia and the Pacific region today gathered in Bangkok to chart out priority actions to support accelerated progress ... More >>

Catalysing change for gender equality

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 9:14 am | UN ESCAP

Great strides have been taken to empower women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing adopted an ambitious global agenda to achieve gender equality twenty-five years ago. Gender parity has been achieved ... More >>

Faster, cleaner energy transition in Asia-Pacific

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 12:36 pm | UN ESCAP

Bangkok (ESCAP News) - The Second Session of the Committee on Energy closed today at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) with stronger commitments to power the region with sustainable energy. More >>

Radical transition needed for sustainable energy targets

Monday, 7 October 2019, 8:11 pm | UN ESCAP

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – The 10th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development opened today with delegates underscoring the need for greater collaboration between government and the private sector, and for inter-regional dialogue if the global ... More >>

UN forum spotlights digital trade facilitation measures

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 8:26 am | UN ESCAP

New Delhi ( ESCAP news ) – The 9th Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) closed in New Delhi, India today with a strong focus on how digital and sustainable trade facilitation measures and practices can bring prosperity for the region. Organized ... More >>

Asia-Pacific governments embrace technological innovations

Saturday, 31 August 2019, 11:23 am | UN ESCAP

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – Governments across Asia and the Pacific this week endorsed a set of collective recommendations and initiatives, including scaling up regional cooperation to complement national efforts in reducing disaster risk, in recognition ... More >>

Disaster risk resilience: key to protecting communities

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 8:26 pm | UN ESCAP

Disaster risk resilience: key to protecting vulnerable communities Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana The past five years have been the hottest on record in Asia and the Pacific. Unprecedented heatwaves have swept across our region, cascading into slow onset disasters ... More >>

Growing disaster risks exceeding Asia-Pacific’s capacity

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 8:20 pm | UN ESCAP

New UN report warns of a new climate reality where economic losses are set to quadruple More >>

Keeping region on track to achieve the SDGs

Saturday, 22 June 2019, 12:09 pm | UN ESCAP

Port Moresby (ESCAP News) – Businesses are well-positioned to offer innovative solutions to key sustainable development challenges, particularly in meeting the infrastructure and connectivity needs of rural and urban communities, concluded the ... More >>

Regional UN training promotes conservation agriculture

Saturday, 11 May 2019, 11:24 am | UN ESCAP

Siem Reap (ESCAP news) – Policy makers, practitioners and researchers from 15 countries across the region wrapped up a four-day training in Cambodia today underscoring the need for appropriate agricultural machinery to enable the adoption of conservation ... More >>

Infrastructure connectivity

Sunday, 28 April 2019, 1:12 pm | UN ESCAP

Beijing (ESCAP News) -- To speed up sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, the United Nations’ regional development arm has committed to cooperating with the government of China on a wide range of areas at the Second Belt and Road Forum ... More >>

More dry years ahead for South-East Asia

Wednesday, 24 April 2019, 3:03 pm | UN ESCAP

Future scenarios of drought in many parts of South-East Asia may become even more frequent and intense if actions are not taken now to build resilience, according to the latest joint study by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for ... More >>

Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2019

Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 4:37 pm | UN ESCAP

Sixty-plus international organizations, led by the United Nations and including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank Group and World Trade Organization, jointly sounded the alarm in a new report, warning that unless national and international ... More >>