ESCAP ADB UNDP Sub-Regional Workshop on accelerated achievement of MDGs and the Post-2015 development agenda in South-East Asia

21 Nov 2012 to 23 Nov 2012
Bangkok, Thailand

The United Nations Secretary General’s 2012 annual report, “Accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals: options for sustained and inclusive growth and issues for advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015”, summarizes recent progress made towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and makes recommendations to advance consultations towards a Post-2015 development agenda. The report also states that the Post-2015 development agenda should be advanced consistent with the decision by the Member States in the 2012 Conference for Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to initiate negotiations around sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The recently concluded Rio+20 negotiations have great promise and implications for the ADB/ ESCAP/UNDP regional MDG partnership, which included a renewed political commitment to sustainable development. The regional MDG partnership, given its deep insight and experience in dealing with MDGs issues during the last one decade in the Asia-Pacific region, which faces the heaviest burden of deprivations in the world, can make an effective contribution to the on-going debate and discussion on the Post-2015 development agenda and the post-Rio+20 process. The Rio+20 adopted the outcome document entitled: "The Future We Want". It was adopted by the representatives of more than 190 countries in Rio de Janeiro and recognized the vital role that regional commissions and regional bodies can play in the balanced integration of the three pillars – economic, social and environmental – into the sustainable development agenda.

This provides an opportunity to enrich the regional partnership with the central objective of assisting the South East Asian Member States in identifying key issues relevant for the post 2015 development agenda.

In line with the above, the regional partnership undertakes a series of regional and sub-regional workshops and consultations around the Post-2015 development agenda and the post-Rio+20 process, culminating in the publication and launch of the next Regional MDG Report (2012/13) - The Post 2015 development agenda in Asia and the Pacific. These consultations will also serve to further mainstream sustainable development at all levels through the integration of economic, social and environmental aspects and recognizing their inter linkages, so as to achieve sustainable development in all its dimensions.

Sub-regional consultations were held in Almaty on 26-28 September 2012 with government representatives and other stakeholders from Central and some East Asian Member States and in Suva for representatives from Pacific Island Member States on 10-11 October 2012.

These workshops are followed by sub-regional consultations with (i) South-East Asian Member States on 21-23 November, 2012 in Bangkok, (ii) Least Developed Member States on 17-19 December, 2012 in Siem Reap and (iii) South Asian Member States in January, 2012 in Colombo. The consultations are organized by the ADB/ESCAP/UNDP partnership.