Launch of the Asia-Pacific regional MDGs report 2012/13
Asia-Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda
With very little time left to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Asia-Pacific region remains off track on such basic areas as hunger, health and sanitation. The latest assessment of regional progress towards the MDGs, ‘Asia-Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda’ will be launched on 20 September 2013 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.
The Regional MDGs Report comes at a critical juncture when one big final push is needed to achieve the MDGs in less than 1,000 days. As efforts are scaled up, citizens and leaders of the world are also discussing the possible framework of a transformative development agenda beyond 2015. In line with this, the 2012/13 report, while identifying the areas needing accelerated actions and emerging challenges, is intended to inform this global process.
The Asia-Pacific region as a whole has achieved considerable success with the MDGs, particularly in reducing income poverty. Nevertheless, the region is off track in important areas: hunger, health and sanitation – and even in areas such as income poverty where achievements have been spectacular, large gaps remain. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s poor still live in this region. Even after 2015, there will therefore be a significant ‘unfinished agenda’. The region also faces many persistent and emerging threats including rising inequality, gender discrimination and violence, demographic shifts and unplanned urbanization, along with climate change and environmental pressures, such as pollution and water scarcity.
Launch of the Regional MDGs Report 2012/13, ‘Asia-Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda’
9:30 AM, 20 September 2013
Mr. Shun-ichi Murata, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCAP
Ms. Caitlin Wiesen, Manager, UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, Bangkok
Mr. Kazu Sakai, Director General of the Strategy and Policy Department, Asian Development Bank
Theatre, Ground Floor, United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok
The report was produced by the tripartite regional partnership on the MDGs comprised of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
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