Launch of the Asia-Pacific regional MDGs report 2012/13

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Asia-Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda

With very little time left to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the tripartite regional partnership on the MDGs consisting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will launch their latest assessment of regional progress towards the MDGs, ‘Asia-Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda’ on 20 September 2013.

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 several 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.

What: Launch of the Regional MDGs Report 2012/13, ‘Asia-Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda’

When: 9:30AM, 20 September 2013

Who: Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of 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

Where: Theatre, Ground Floor, United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Francyne Harrigan
Chief, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP
T: (66) 2 288 1864 / M: (66) 81 835 8677

Cherie Hart
UNDP Regional Communications Advisor
M: (66) 8 1 918 1564

Harumi Kodama
Senior Communications Specialist, Dept. of External Relations, Asian Development Bank
T: (63) 2 632 5291 / M: (63) 908 888 6701