The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020: towards Sustainable Economies, the flagship publication of ESCAP, was launched recently at the UNESCAP headquarters in Bangkok. In addition to assessing economic conditions during the current COVID-19 pandemic and near-term economic growth prospects of the Asia-Pacific region, the 2020 Survey highlights that the overall steady economic progress in the past decades has coincided with rising inequality, lack of empowerment of certain segments of society, and worsening environmental conditions. The report emphasizes that there is a need to move away from a development model that solely promotes economic growth. In line with the 2030 Agenda, the 2020 Survey discusses a pathway towards development that is more people-centered and ecologically sustainable
The Virtual Policy Dialogue has provided a forum for discussion of the key messages of the 2020 Survey especially relating to the major sustainable development challenges including those created by COVID-19 that India is facing and policy options to address them. The Dialogue has taken the form of an interactive discussion following an introductory presentation followed by remarks by eminent panelists and open discussion with participants.