ESCAP supports the building of a society inclusive for all people in Asia and the Pacific, including women, youth, persons with disabilities, migrants and older persons.
Asia-Pacific is a region of great diversity and disparity, presenting a contrasting picture in terms of progress towards achieving the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Despite impressive economic growth, which has helped lift many people out of poverty, inequalities persist and millions of people are still unable to meet their basic needs. In the coming decades, emerging challenges may further strain the fabric of societies and erode social cohesion, from rising socioeconomic disparities within and between countries caused by, for example, rapid population ageing, increasing number of persons with disabilities and migration flows, to the impact of climate change.
Against this backdrop, ESCAP works towards supporting member States to shape a more inclusive society that protects, empowers and ensures equality for all population groups. Particular focus is given to the needs of women, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons and migrants. Guided by internationally agreed commitments as well as global and regional mandates, ESCAP helps countries in the region to better prepare for emerging population and social challenges and tackle persistent ones.
Building on its strength as the most comprehensive regional intergovernmental forum in Asia-Pacific and its unique convening authority, ESCAP promotes change at the policy and institutional levels and supports governments in strengthening the social dimension of sustainable development through the formulation and implementation of social development policies and programmes, in particular those related to the SDGs.
To provide a sound basis for governments’ policy decisions, ESCAP conducts applied research, fosters regional cooperation and assists countries in accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Moreover, responding to the call of the 2030 Agenda to “leave no one behind”, ESCAP aims to promote the social integration of vulnerable groups and advance gender equality for a more inclusive and sustainable Asia-Pacific.