East and North-East Asia Policy Dialogue on the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020
Aligning Post-COVID19 Recovery ‘Towards Sustainable Economies’: Sustainable Consumption and Production in Focus
28 May 2020 (Thursday, 3:30-5:00pm, Incheon, Republic of Korea time)
The 2020 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific proposes a transition towards cleaner production, and less material-intensive lifestyles, supported by enabling policies. ESCAP’s flagship publication further calls for all stakeholders to urgently align their own goals and actions with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Such call finds strong resonance now more than ever, as the world continues to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As countries set in motion policy measures geared towards post-pandemic recovery, going forward, there is broad recognition that these policy responses could also present opportunities in advancing work under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
To this end, the policy dialogue aims to engage stakeholders in East and North-East Asia on the benefits of “recovering better” in line with sustainable development. The discussions would provide perspectives on how policy measures intended to support post-pandemic recovery could also promote sustainable means of consumption and production. This is of utmost relevance for East and North-East Asia given that the rapid economic growth of the subregion has also been accompanied by a rapid increase in energy needs and reliance on fossil fuels.
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