Speeches

Dr. Shamshad Akhta, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) delivering her opening remarks at the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV and AIDS in Bangkok, Thailand.
Photo Credit: ESCAP/Sasika Ketz
28 Jan 2015

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.

22 Jan 2015

Remarks by the Executive Secretary at the 358th meeting of the ESCAP Advisory Council for Permanent Representatives.

18 Jan 2015

The transition to a more diverse energy mix in Asia and the Pacific is feasible, with the regions abundant sources of renewable energy. Backed by appropriate strategies and policies, effective exploitation of renewable sources has the potential to substitute for fossil fuels.

13 Jan 2015

Presentation delivered by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), at the launch of the Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific 2014: Year-end Update.

Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), speaking at the 46th Business Talk of the Global Compact Network Pakistan, in Karachi, Pakistan on 19 December 2014.
Photo Credit: Global Compact Network
19 Dec 2014

Economic growth and sustainable development are not zero sum games. They are both prerequisites of the future we want, mutually reinforcing, and neither can succeed in the absence of the other.

Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), speaking at the Seventeenth Sustainable Development Conference of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Islamabad, Pakistan on 9 December 2014.
Photo Credit: SDPI
9 Dec 2014

Post-2015 sustainable development has the potential to break new ground. Its conceptual framework is anchored in an integrated approach, and its processes have involved unprecedented levels of global consultation. This agenda is not just about aspirational goals but it makes a persuasive case for global partnerships in finance; trade; as well as science, technology and innovation. Pathways to sustainable development are complex but attainable.

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