Speeches

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.

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) at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Director’s Colloquium in Manila, Philippines.
Photo Credit: Eric Sales/ADB
24 Apr 2015

Multilateral development banks, including the Asian Development Bank, make an invaluable contribution to the United Nations development agenda. Your enhanced support for the implementation of post-2015 sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region is key to the success of this agenda.

Secretary general Ban Ki-moon has a Helicopter overflight of the flood-affected areas of Bangkok

Overflight of flood-affected areas of Bangkok
The helicopter will take off and land at the same Thai army base (located 10 minutes from ESCAP), at 2nd Army Cavalry Division, Sanam Pao.
The flight itself is expected to last for 30 min and will give the Secretary-General a bird-eye view of flooded areas in Bangkok, in particular the western part of the city, the Thonburi area, which has experienced the worst flood situation.
10 Apr 2015

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.

16 Mar 2015

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?

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