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Regional launch of Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020

Regional launch of Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020

New UN report highlights uneven and insufficient SDG progress, poor environmental sustainability performance The Asia-Pacific region is in danger of failing to achieve any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without extra efforts from all stakeholders. While many countries are moving decisively to improve the quality of education and provide access to affordable and […]

COP26 presidency launch brings local climate action to the fore

COP26 presidency launch brings local climate action to the fore

  On 5 February, Executive Secretary of ESCAP Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana joined Thailand Minister for Natural Resources and Environment H.E. Varawut Silpa-archa, Ambassador of Italy to Thailand H.E. Lorenzo Galanti and UK COP26 Envoy H.E. John Murton for the COP26 co-presidency launch in Thailand. Ahead of the capstone event in the United Kingdom later this […]

Statistics New framework streamlines SDG implementation in Asia-Pacific

Statistics New framework streamlines SDG implementation in Asia-Pacific

The diversity of the Asia-Pacific region means that mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda into national planning has produced a rich variety of experiences. ESCAP is responding to the needs of member States for a framework that guides national-level SDG implementation through an end-to-end process framework. At a workshop convening national statisticians in the region, delegates were […]

Executive Secretary promotes economic cooperation and sustainable energy in the Russian Federation, 7-8 June

Executive Secretary promotes economic cooperation and sustainable energy in the Russian Federation, 7-8 June

On 7 and 8 June, Executive Secretary of ESCAP Armida Alisjahbana traveled to the Russian Federation for bilateral meetings and to participate in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. At the Forum, Ms. Alisjahbana was a keynote speaker in two sessions related to clean energy and regional cooperation. In a session on the impact of […]

75th ESCAP Commission Session concludes with a call for greater empowerment, inclusion of the disadvantaged in Asia and the Pacific

75th ESCAP Commission Session concludes with a call for greater empowerment, inclusion of the disadvantaged in Asia and the Pacific

Over 800 delegates attended the 75th Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) held from 27 to 31 May in Bangkok, which concluded with the adoption of nine resolutions aimed at strengthening regional cooperation and partnerships towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Addressing the closing […]

ESCAP Executive Secretary underscores economic integration, cooperation in visit to Kazakhstan

ESCAP Executive Secretary underscores economic integration, cooperation in visit to Kazakhstan

From 15 to 17 May, ESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Alisjahbana traveled to Kazakhstan for bilateral meetings with government representatives and to join the high-level UN delegation at the Astana Economic Forum. On the first day of the Forum, the Executive Secretary met with the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, […]

ESCAP presentation at the ECOSOC Partnership Forum, 11 April 2019, UNHQ, New York

ESCAP presentation at the ECOSOC Partnership Forum, 11 April 2019, UNHQ, New York

The 2019 ECOSOC Partnership Forum (New York UNHQs, 11 April 2019), co-organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN0DESA), United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) and the United Nations Global Compact, reviewed multi-stakeholder partnerships and showcased good practices and lessons learned on their role in driving forward the 2030 Agenda. Mr […]

ESCAP Executive Secretary Appoints Eminent Persons Advisory Group

ESCAP Executive Secretary Appoints Eminent Persons Advisory Group

Executive Secretary Armida Alisjahbana has appointed an Eminent Persons Advisory Group to identify strategic policy areas and further enhance ESCAP’s focus to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Comprising representatives from all sub-regions of the Asia-Pacific, the Group is tasked with advising ESCAP on an array of issues, including the medium to long-term […]

Regional consultations on Migration

Regional preparatory meeting, organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Santiago, 30-31 August 2017 Agenda  [English] [Spanish] Statement by Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Statement by Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Statement by Louise Arbour, […]

World makes great progress on energy access, but ambitious action needed to achieve sustainable energy goal by 2030, says UN

World makes great progress on energy access, but ambitious action needed to achieve sustainable energy goal by 2030, says UN

­ Remarkable progress has been made in broadening electricity access globally, however sustained political will and increased public and private finance are urgently needed to provide affordable and clean energy to the 1.2 billion people without access to electricity by 2030, a high-level United Nations conference concluded in Bangkok today. According to the latest data, […]