- 17 Nov 2014
This Op Ed authored by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP.
- 6 Aug 2014
Asia-Pacific countries continue to drive the global economy. The region has demonstrated great resilience during the economic and financial crisis, contributing about 70 per cent of world growth from 2008-2011.
- 26 Dec 2013
Nine years ago we witnessed the deadliest natural disaster in history. One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded triggered massive tsunami waves that cut a path of destruction through the Asia and the Pacific and cascading walls of water swallowed up lives and livelihoods. Inevitably, another large tsunami wave will strike our shores, another typhoon will form far out at sea, and another drought will emerge as climate change accelerates. When that day comes, our region will be better prepared, with early warning systems and regional cooperation mechanisms in place, so that vulnerable people are brought to safety and losses minimized.
- 7 Oct 2013
The world is at a critical juncture, with energy consumption rising dramatically. Even allowing for the positive impacts of the policy commitments and plans announced by countries to address global climate change, total primary energy demand in Asia and the Pacific alone is expected to nearly double between 2010 and 2030. How will the Asia-Pacific region meet this demand? How will we grow in a sustainable way that is both equitable and efficient? How can universal energy access be achieved?
- 18 Sep 2013
As Asia-Pacific takes its place on the world stage, our governments have the means and the responsibility to build better lives for the region’s 4.3 billion people. There is greater hope that the rapid population and development transformation will nurture the promise of a future that will be brighter than what had been predicted half a century ago. Asia-Pacific nations must do better in incorporating rights-based approaches to addressing population dynamics in their long-term plans for inclusive and sustainable development, including the impact of climate change.