• If the region is to achieve MDGs, a top priority is to ensure adequate provision of basic public services. Governments should consider an adaptive approach that can extend coverage to all and enhance the efficiency and quality of public service delivery.
• South-south cooperation to fully unleash the region’s potentials in trade, finance and social-environmental cooperation can be a significant boost to its efforts towards MDGs
This is the tentative programme of the Expert Group Meeting on Regional Strategies towards Building Resilience to Disasters in Asia and the Pacific, organized by the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction of ESCAP on 26-28 October 2015 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.
• MDGs represent a firm commitment to a broader and more inclusive process of human development, rather than merely a scorecard.
• While regional and global partnerships are important to support national efforts towards MDGs, Asia and the Pacific’s success in completing this challenging task ultimately depends on national commitment and on the quality and thoughtfulness of national decisions.
A presentation by Rajan Sudesh Ratna on "Regional Workshop on WTO and Regional Trade Agreements in South Asia: Negotiation and Implementation Challenges" hosted by ESCAP-SSWA in New Delhi from 14 to 16 September, 2015