- 10 Dec 2013
Nelson Mandela embodied the principles of the United Nations. As the Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon has said, there is no other person of our time who has done more to advance the values and the aspirations of the UN, especially in the pursuit of justice and human rights. “For to be free,” Madiba said “Is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” This message is particularly appropriate to recall today, which is also Human Rights Day around the world.
- 3 Dec 2013
The private sector has a crucial role to play in promoting disability-friendly products, services, employment, and entrepreneurship development. Almost one in five business customers have a disability. They represent a significant resource to tap new skills and markets. By addressing the needs of persons with disabilities, we can lift people out of poverty and provide them with a dignified life, while developing new – and expanding – market shares.
- 29 Nov 2013
With its key location as a land-bridge between Europe and Asia, as well as its vast natural resources, and the dynamism of its people, the development of Central Asia is critical to the future success of all of Rising Asia. Together we can do more than revive the Silk Road, we can build a SilkSuper-Highway – a corridor of economic prosperity and development progress, which can serve as a model of regional cooperation.
- 27 Nov 2013
Typhoon Haiyan killed thousands of children, women, and men, affecting millions of others. Our responsibility to them goes well beyond the critical efforts to assist in rebuilding lives and communities. Our long-term obligation is to ensure that the countries of our region are best prepared for the risks of disasters, and better empowered to recover from their impacts when they strike.
- 27 Nov 2013
The seismic station in Sittwe is a practical example of how Governments and international organizations can work together in partnership in order to build resilience, protect property, and save lives. It helps ensure that vital information on potentially tsunami-generating earthquakes is quickly shared, so that timely warnings can be issued.
- 25 Nov 2013
Asia-Pacific business is the new growth pole and anchor of the world economy, and if we stand by our conviction that business must take a greater leadership role in sustainable development, then we must find ways to close the gap between dialogue and action in bringing about sustainable development.
- 20 Nov 2013
There is gaining recognition that ethical responsibilities of private enterprise are another key contributor to inclusive trade and investment. Business as usual focused on maximizing profit alone will no longer be acceptable. Instead, business champions need to lead by example, by taking an active stance and advocating both the moral and the business case for sustainable development and responsible business conduct.
- 20 Nov 2013
As the global community shapes the post-2015 development agenda and negotiates the new set of universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is imperative that we harness the power of ICT as a critical component of innovation and sustainable development solutions.
- 15 Nov 2013
The most fundamental challenge for the economies of Asia and the Pacific, in the medium term, will be to find alternative engines for sustaining growth in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Maintaining this dynamism is not only critical for making this the Asia-Pacific century, but also for eliminating the widespread and persistent poverty and hunger we still find in parts of the region, which continues to hold us back from realizing our aims of inclusive, resilient, and sustainable development.