Regional reports on sustainable development have been produced by ESCAP every five years since 1985. Starting as the State of the Environment in Asia and the Pacific series, these reports have supported successive deliberations at the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (MCED). The Asian and Development Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme have been traditional partners for many editions.
In 2009, the decision was taken to change the name of the publication to reflect its changing focus, and the growing capacity of the region's governments to produce their own state of environment reports. The series continues to be a valuable resource for policymakers wishing to better assess their own situations and define policy solutions; for civil society organizations for use in their own advocacy and assessment work, and for students and educators interested in sustainable development issues in Asia and the Pacific.
GREEN GROWTH, RESOURCES AND RESILIENCE: ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC Highlights changes in the policy landscape that have taken place since 2005; focuses on the emerging challenges of resource constraints and resilience; presents new regional and country data on resource use produced by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation of Australia (CSIRO) and UNEP; and outlines key strategies for building an integrated policy framework to support green growth as a strategy for sustainable development.
STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC 2005 reviews regional economic growth from an environmental sustainability perspective. It outlines the concepts of eco-efficiency and green growth and highlights country progress on Millennium Development Goal 7. It also reviews the sustainable development challenges faced by each Asian and Pacific subregio
STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC 2000 – A review of the dynamics of the region's environmental conditions and the status of national and regional responses to the changing environmental situation.