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New UN report highlights widening disparities, increased vulnerabilities in region

Bangkok - 10 Mar 2022

News Number: N/02/2022

Launch of Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2022

As we mark the second anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asia and the Pacific continues to grapple with its severe socio-economic consequences. These have increasingly coincided with natural and human-made disasters. Even as governments in the region took action to help those most in need and respond to the ongoing crises, the latest data indicates that vulnerability has increased, and huge gaps persist among different population groups. Amid these challenges, progress in the region has slowed down and with each passing year, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are further out of reach.

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is hosting a virtual regional launch and press briefing for its Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2022 on 17 March at 10.30AM – 12.00PM (UTC+7). The analysis in the 2022 edition has given special priority to those who are furthest left behind. The report focuses on the intersection of key development challenges with population characteristics, such as age, gender, ethnicity, health, location, migratory status and income.

Note to Editor: You or your representatives are cordially invited to participate in the virtual launch and press briefing -

What:                   Launch of the Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2022: Widening disparities amid COVID-19

When:                  17 March 2022, 10.30AM – 12.00PM (UTC+7 / Bangkok)

Key speakers:

  • Opening remarks: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Regional overview and findings: Rachael Beaven, Director of Statistics, ESCAP
  • Subregion-specific breakout rooms: Heads of the five ESCAP Subregional Offices (East and North-East Asia, North and Central Asia, South-East Asia, South and South-West Asia, the Pacific)

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