Speeches

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar (left), Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) delivers her closing remarks at the end of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development in Bangkok, Thailand on 22 May 2015.
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22 May 2015

Exchanges on the form and function of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development beyond 2015 were useful, and will help shape the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Overall, we have achieved a great deal but, as you know, there is much work still to do.

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) delivers her opening statement at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development in Bangkok, Thailand on 21 May 2015.
Photo Credit: United Nations ESCAP
21 May 2015

Building on the outcomes of our deliberations last year, the second Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) is an opportunity for member States to reflect on sustainable development and to provide further direction for our joint efforts.

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 Asia-Pacific Roundtable: Environmental Rule of Law for Sustainable Development in Support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Thailand on 20 May 2015.
Photo Credit: United Nations ESCAP
20 May 2015

The rule of law is both an enabler and facilitator of development. As such, many of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) will hinge on improving the rule of law, especially in the area of international and national environmental law.

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar (centre), 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 Regional Conference on Aligning Corporate Sustainability with SDGs in Bangkok, Thailand on 20 May 2015.
Photo Credit: United Nations ESCAP
20 May 2015

The private sector is the engine of development for both industry and the services sector. Private enterprise drives the allocation and use of resources and productive processes, generating jobs and impacting both social welfare and the environment. This is why the actions of business are so critical for sustainable development.

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) speaking at the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Bangkok, Thailand on 7 May 2015.
Photo Credit: UNESCAP
7 May 2015

70 years ago the world, and our region, was a very different place. But amid the horror and devastation of World War II, and its terrible impact on the countries of Asia and the Pacific, 1945 was also a year, which saw the dawning of a bright new ideal.

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