With its grass-roots proximity, its potential to act as a watch-dog to enhance accountability and offer effective delivery of services, we count on civil society’s capacities and effective partnership to ensure that “no one is left behind”.
The midterm review of implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action in Asia and the Pacific, conducted by ESCAP and organized in partnership with the Government of Cambodia, confirms the good progress made by Asia-Pacific least developed countries (LDCs). The good news is that of the 12 LDCs in our region, seven have met or are in process of meeting the graduation criteria, and others such as Bangladesh, Lao PDR and Myanmar, are very likely to meet the conditions for graduation for the first time at the 2018 triennial review.
Sustainable development has the potential to bring about a fundamental change in the world of business and finance. The challenge now is to seize this potential to ensure that capital allocation towards sustainable growth and development happens at the scale and speed needed in the Asia-Pacific region.
UNEA provides a great opportunity to deliberate on the critical topic of women and the environment at a time when we are faced with a widespread economic slowdown, social tensions in different parts of the world and environmental stress on a global scale.
The links between displacement and the environment are multiple and complex. Asia-Pacific countries are experiencing displacement caused both by sudden onset events, as well as gradual or long term migration, caused by slow onset events.
The Framework is a means to enhance the organizational and collective capacity of the United Nations System to support Member States in implementing the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
After a week of substantive deliberations the 72nd session of the Commission has reached a productive end. The Agenda on the table was large, and the deliberations were intense, but the process saw member States strengthening their ownership of the Commission and laying the foundations for the next fifteen years of delivery on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Belt and Road will bring a range of socioeconomic benefits to rural and under-served areas in China, as well as to its neighbors in Central Asia, Southeast Asia and beyond. In addition, the Initiative could become a platform for regional cooperation in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on integrating the three dimensions of sustainability across major international corridors to harness growth opportunities through global production networks and value chains.
Our region is widely recognized for its economic and development success. The rich traditions, business acumen and growing integration in Asia and the Pacific, as well as our determination to translate global commitments into national action, will drive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and lead the global shifts to more sustainable growth and development.
China deserves our compliments for the enhancement and strategization of the G20 agenda under its Presidency on the theme: “Towards an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy.”