The severity and scale of natural disasters are often magnified by their knock-on effects, by causing turmoil to economies, communities and ecosystems. In the Asia-Pacific region, water-related disaster risks are further compounded by the great diversity of challenges facing our member States, including severe storms, flooding, landslides and droughts — often occurring concurrently. In turn, they present a major challenge to the implementation of sustainable development and the priorities of the post-2015 development agenda.
For a new and enhanced Hyogo framework to succeed, it needs to be supported by a combination of adequate and innovative financing flows with the right mix. So the question then is how we go about mobilizing the right blend of resources?
We all want to see an Asia-Pacific where women and girls live free from poverty, free from violence and free from discrimination. The ESCAP Secretariat stands ready to support our governments in making that a reality for all.
Transport infrastructure and services are the concrete expression of our need to connect - with different countries, new markets, and key resources – but most importantly with other people. The transport sector underpins much of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ESCAP’s) engagement with our member States and development partners, with an emphasis on promoting “Regional Connectivity and Shared Prosperity.”
The new regional framework on HIV and AIDS builds on our successes, and refocuses our efforts to where they are now most needed. It also enables our region to strengthen its voice in the critical global negotiations on the sustainable development goals, ensuring that the response to HIV remains a key focus of the post-2015 development agenda.
Getting to zero new infections, zero stigma and zero AIDS-related deaths in Asia and the Pacific, is possible only through seamless partnerships across and between counties. Our goal should be not only to halt the spread of HIV in the Asia-Pacific region, but to bring the epidemic to an end.