High-level Events and Side Events

High-level Events


Policy issues for the Asia-Pacific region: theme topic for the seventy-fourth session of the Commission on "Inequality in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development"

This session will contribute to an enhanced understanding of the key trends and emerging drivers of inequalities in member States in Asia and the Pacific, and what policy reforms may help build more inclusive, resilient and equitable societies in the region. Member States will gain an understanding of national approaches and good-practices in addressing inequality of outcome, opportunity and impact and harnessing the potential of technology to foster equitable development.

Policy issues for the Asia-Pacific region: theme topic for the seventy-fourth session of the Commission on "Inequality in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development"

This session will contribute to an enhanced understanding of the key trends and emerging drivers of inequalities in member States in Asia and the Pacific, and what policy reforms may help build more inclusive, resilient and equitable societies in the region. Member States will gain an understanding of national approaches and good-practices in addressing inequality of outcome, opportunity and impact and harnessing the potential of technology to foster equitable development.

Policy issues for the Asia-Pacific region: theme topic for the seventy-fourth session of the Commission on "Inequality in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development"
Multilateralism in Asia and the Pacific to promote inclusive economic and social development in the region and its contribution to global economic governance

Keynote speakers and Ministers of Foreign Affairs from ESCAP member States would be invited to share their views on the growth of multilateralism in Asia and the Pacific to address inequalities and promote inclusiveness, and its contributions to global economic governance, particularly in light of targets contained in SDG 10, 16 and 17.

Participants are expected to gain an understanding of the contributions Asia and the Pacific can make to promote inclusive global and regional economic governance to pursue the 2030 Agenda, and what can be done to reinvigorate global and regional multilateral approaches to promote economic and financial stability for the prosperity of its people.

Policy issues for the Asia-Pacific region: theme topic for the seventy-fourth session of the Commission on "Inequality in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development"
Frontier technological innovation: policies to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

Concerns regarding the economic implications of emerging technologies are nothing new. However, as the global economy enters the fourth industrial revolution, a revolution defined by frontier technological breakthroughs,1 there is a prevailing narrative that, this time, the changes could have a much more profound impact.

This session will contribute to an enhanced understanding of (1) the size of the opportunity/threat of frontier technologies and how they could spur inclusive and sustainable development; (2) possible policy measures that could underpin a “next generation” technology and innovation policy framework relevant to a fourth industrial revolution future; and (3) priority areas for regional frontier technology cooperation, and 3 effective modalities, that could support shared prosperity and address current and potential future inequalities.



Side Events


SIDE EVENT 40 Years of Reform and Opening Up in China and Its Implications for the Asia-Pacific Region

China will share its experiences, achievements, challenges and opportunities of its 40 years of reform and opening up. The side event will examine how China’s reform policies have evolved over time, especially in the context of the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development, and demonstrate how China’s reform policies have impacted other economies in the region. Representatives from relevant countries will share their respective development experiences, in particular, how they interact with China and engage in an open economy. Topics including inclusive development, connectivity and regional integration, poverty reduction, and resource management which have direct linkages to the issue of inequality will be addressed. A summary of the event will be prepared.

SIDE EVENT Disaster Information Management and Sustainable Development

Disasters impede the development of communities and nations at a global scale particularly in Asia and the Pacific region. A key finding of the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2017, is that disaster risk is outpacing resilience, especially in those countries where least capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters, co-exists with high exposure to natural hazard. Enhanced disaster information management capacity, leveraging on technological innovations, enables countries of the region to significantly reduce the risk and negative impact of disasters and consequently better achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Development of Disaster Information Management can contribute to better understanding of disasters risk underlying factors including inequality and help identify effective solutions to reduce these risks across all sectors.

The side event will present the latest findings emerging from the work of the Asia and Pacific Centre for Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM), which includes a report on “Regional Cooperation for Combating Sand and Dust Storm in Asia and the Pacific”.

SIDE EVENT Breaking the inequality trap towards sustainable graduation: Perspectives from Bangladesh and the region

Over the past five decades the number of Least Developed Countries(LDCs) in the world have increased significantly from 25 to 47. Given growing inequalities and structural challenges, only 5 LDCs have so far graduated from LDC group with 2 from Asia and the Pacific region. Bangladesh has just embarked on a challenging journey of sustaining eligibility and eventual graduation from LDC category. The high level event would create a platform for experience sharing for challenges and opportunities on the pathway to graduation by LDCs that have already graduated, LDCs in transition and middle income countries in the context of reducing inequalities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

SIDE EVENT Universal access to disaster early warning information: Perspectives from the Pacific

The Pacific island countries are disproportionally affected by disasters. The repeated occurrence of such events has led to higher death tolls and greater economic losses (as high as 60% of GDP in some cases) than in Asia. Disasters thus widen inequalities between the Pacific sub-region and the rest of Asia. Within the Pacific wide inequalities also exist especially for those living in remote areas who do not receive early warnings. This event will review emerging best practices, identify gaps and propose ways in which regional cooperation can strengthen equal access to early warning.

SIDE EVENT Ageing in Our Region: Challenges and Opportunities

The purpose of this side event is for development partners to engage in a policy-level dialogue on the various aspects of ageing in the Asia Pacific region through the lens of sustainable development, namely the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ageing is a natural phenomenon which requires rights-based policies to reduce risks of socio-economic inequalities, inequity, as well as disruption of social cohesion. At this event, member states and development partners would have the opportunity to share policy-level efforts, successes as well as challenges and engage with senior experts on ageing.

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