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20 April 2021 | By invitation only

Launch of the Theme Study for the 77th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Event Time: 11.00AM (UTC+7)

The COVID-19 pandemic has created the worst crisis in Asia and the Pacific since World War II. Across the Asia-Pacific region, countries have suffered sudden economic contractions, along with interruptions to trade, broken supply chains, and with the collapse of international tourism – leading to widespread job losses and increases in poverty. In all countries, the economic shock caused by the pandemic has exposed many structural weaknesses and fault-lines – notably in health and social protection systems, in digital connectivity and skills, as well as the extent to which our production and consumption patterns have been destroying the environment. As countries now work to stem the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, they also need to address these weaknesses – to build back better.

The theme study for the 77th Commission session analyses the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic in countries of Asia and the Pacific, takes stock of action so far, and sets out a policy agenda for building back better grounded in regional cooperation and centered around four critical interconnected areas: broadening social protection, investing in a sustained recovery, strengthening connectivity and supply chains; and mending a broken relationship with nature. The launch will also feature breakout sessions highlighting subregional priority areas and perspectives.

Opening remarks: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP.

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