Speeches

Official Photo of Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations & Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP Photo/Suwat Chancharoensuk)
25 Jun 2015

Report by the Executive Secretary of activities of ESCAP to the 360th Session of Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives.

25 Jun 2015

As one of our region’s most renowned economists, Amartya Sen wrote - the path to enhanced human flourishing will be built by expanding the scope of choices and opportunities. We have a responsibility to ensure equality of choices and opportunities for people today and the generations to come. Therein, lies the key to end poverty, build lives of dignity, protect our planet and, in short, achieve sustainable development for all.

8 Jun 2015

With the enhanced role of regional commissions in sustainable development, ESCAP will be working closely with the rest of the UN system to ensure there is a more holistic approach to addressing the vulnerabilities which have made it difficult for smaller economies to make inroads in addressing the challenges of water, sanitation and water related-disasters.

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission delivers her closing remarks following the adoption of the report of the 71st Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand on 29 May 2015.
Photo Credit: United Nations ESCAP
29 May 2015

Our region is changing and the global development paradigm is being transformed. To remain relevant and effective, to provide the support our member States need implementing the post-2015 development agenda, ESCAP has and must continue to change too.

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission speaks at a special side event, organized  by the Russian Federation, of the launch of a new Asia-Pacific energy portal during 71st Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand on 29 May 2015.
Photo Credit: United Nations ESCAP
29 May 2015

The Asia-Pacific region has taken the first steps towards achieving Sustainable Energy for All. ESCAP is committed to support member State cooperation on a common energy agenda for shared prosperity, social equity and sustainability.

28 May 2015

Presentation by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP at the launch of the Asia-Pacific Regional MDGs Report 2014/15 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar (centre-left), Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission at the   side event on Blue Economy organized by Bangladesh during the 71st Session of ESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand on 28 May 2015.
Photo Credit: United Nations ESCAP
28 May 2015

Global sustainable development depends on the sustainable management of oceans and seas joined with strong and effective governance. Addressing these challenges requires the participation of all coastal nations - large and small, whether continental or island.

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar (right), Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission delivers her welcome and policy address during the Opening of the Ministerial Segment of the 71st Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand on 28 May 2015.
Photo Credit: United Nations ESCAP
28 May 2015

We meet this year amid a confluence of key events, among them: the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Charter; the 20th year of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; and the 10th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol. This year, global leaders will lay the foundations of a far-reaching new sustainable development agenda. Sustainability will be further reinforced with a new agreement on climate change and new global partnerships.

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