- 16 Oct 2013
In the second decade of the 21st century, we have theexpertise, the technology, and the resources to feed every person, in every country, yet there are still more than 840 million people whose lives are wracked by hunger. This is an unforgivable development failure – and the singlegreatest obstacle to creating the inclusive, sustainable, and resilient future we want. Beating the scourge of hunger is the most basic prerequisitefor development success, because inclusive growth, social equity, and sustainable development will not happen on empty stomachs.
- 9 Oct 2013
Success and sustainability in the next phase of global development depends on changing mindsets, approaches, and behavior. Building the future we want starts not only with Governments but ultimately with every one of us. To succeed will require governments, business, and people to embrace a new spirit of human solidarity, shared responsibility, and mutual benefit.
- 2 Oct 2013
In his movement to express truth through the simple activities of life, and to act in non-violent opposition to injustice, Gandhi developed three essential pillars for a better world. This Gandhian trinity changed the path of empires, exerted unmatched moral authority on world events, and holds much wisdom even today as we shape a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient future.
- 20 Sep 2013
Our new milestone: the Asian and Pacific Declaration on Population and Development, is a blueprint for continued Asia-Pacific leadership, on issues of population in the next phase of development, with sustainability at its core, to benefit both our people and our planet.
- 17 Sep 2013
The so-called resource curse can be turned into a resource blessing, when resources underground and under the sea are invested above ground into productive investments and the building of peaceful, inclusive societies where all citizens are assured the full benefits and value of these resources. Our shared responsibility is to ensure, that for Timor-Leste, the benefits of its natural resource wealth are directly harnessed to ensure dynamic and inclusive development.
- 11 Sep 2013
To build the future we want will require engineering breakthroughs in our urban environments. There is an urgent need for innovation and creativity in developing ‘leapfrog’ solutions to meet existing needs and future demands in energy, water and infrastructure, in ways which do not degrade our limited natural resources and the ecological systems on which we all depend. This requires a quantum shift in thinking and action: in governance, in innovation, in technology, in efficiency, and in getting the policy and economic enablers right.
- 26 Aug 2013
This is the first regional Ministerial-level event to discuss the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015, following the release of the Report of the Secretary-General's High-level Panel of Eminent Persons. Now is the opportunity for the Asia-Pacific region to lead on sustainable development and to contribute to the shaping of the Sustainable Development Goals.
- 20 Aug 2013
It is time to reset our thinking, create new policy frameworks and regional instruments to build the future we want. As we have expressed in the past, the challenge of our time, of this generation of Asia-Pacific leaders, is to grow… better… together. ESCAP has proposed a four-pronged policy agenda to achieve these aims.
- 6 Aug 2013
True security is based on people’s welfare – on a thriving economy, on strong public health and education programmes, and on fundamental respect for our common humanity. Development, peace, disarmament, reconciliation and justice are not separate from security; they help to underpin it.
- 27 Jul 2013
The Korean question remains unresolved and a permanent peace regime remains a distant prospect. It is deeply regrettable that the situation on the Korean Peninsula remains fragile and volatile. Inter-Korean relations have remained deadlocked for far too long. This status quo is neither acceptable nor sustainable.