- 5 Jul 2012
Difficulties in raising sufficient domestic and external resources to finance the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), along with the numerous drawbacks of traditional aid, are leading the quest for innovative sources of development finance. The World Economic and Social Survey 2012 analyses current and proposed mechanisms for innovative development finance and highlights mechanisms that can increase the scale of development financing available, as well as provide stable and predictable financing to enhance sustainable development.
- 25 Jun 2012
“The message from the countries of Asia and the Pacific is that getting it right means that Rio+20 must rebalance the pillars of sustainable development – ensuring that people are placed more firmly at the centre of the post-Rio+20 agenda,” Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) told an audience that included heads of State and Government and senior Ministers at a Rio+20 side event focused on regional approaches to sustainable development.
- 22 Jun 2012
United Nations Regional Commissions welcomed the renewed trust placed by member States in the Commissions through the Rio+20 outcome document and the essential role they play in promoting an integrated and balanced approach to sustainable development at the regional level, a High-Level Roundtable heard on Thursday.
- 20 Jun 2012
"We are in a race against time. Persistent poverty, inequality, hunger, unemployment, ever-shrinking natural resources, increasing stress on our ecosystems and climate change are among the most urgent issues being addressed at Rio+20. It is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform ideas and aspirations into bold action," stated Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of ESCAP at the Rio+20 high-level meeting that opened today.
- 18 Jun 2012
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 20 to 22 June. More than 100 presidents, prime ministers, and the UN Secretary-General will be joined by thousands of business CEOs, parliamentarians, mayors, civil society leaders and representatives, academics and senior UN officials to set an agenda for sustainable development that will reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet.
- 29 May 2012
Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under Secretary-General, proposed today a five point call for action, urging media to use their skills and resources to create greater impact on sustainable development, the single most important challenge in Asia Pacific, and ensure more people benefit from development.
- 28 May 2012
The United Nations today called on Asia-Pacific media leaders to help push the region towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to prevent over 2.5 million child and maternal deaths and ensure basic amenities to hundreds of millions of people by the year 2015.
- 28 May 2012
The United Nations ESCAP unveiled here today a blueprint to help developing countries in the region sustain economic growth needed to reduce poverty amidst worsening resource constraints and climate impacts.
- 24 May 2012
Asia-Pacific governments have issued a call to action to strengthen regional economic integration, trade and energy connectivity as keystones of a future of shared and sustainable regional growth in the face of daunting socio-economic and environmental challenges.
- 23 May 2012
Top Asia-Pacific economic policymakers speaking at United Nations panel here outlined an agenda to make the region’s dynamic prosperity more inclusive and sustainable amidst deepening global economic uncertainty and environmental pressures.