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The present document reviews progress made in the region in integrating
environmental sustainability in development policy since the fifth Ministerial Conference
on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, in terms of both national policy
integration and institutional development and in regional cooperation. It also identifies
priorities, emerging challenges and opportunities related to the integration of environmental
sustainability into development policy. The document analyses the relevance of integrating
environmental sustainability into development policy in the light of recent crises (e.g. food,
fuel, financial) and emerging challenges, such as climate change, and energy and water
security. The document highlights the potential of a comprehensive and systematic
integration of environmental sustainability into development policy and the adoption of
green growth in delivering economic and social benefits, including those highlighted by the
recent United Nations Green Economy Initiative. With linkages to livelihoods,
employment, and equitable and sustainable access to services, green growth has the
potential to foster social inclusiveness. Moreover, by ensuring that pressures are within
certain limits and by strengthening positive linkages between social, economic and
ecological systems, green growth can increase the resilience of countries to external shocks,
such as those associated with recent crises and emerging threats. Strengthened regional
cooperation is required in order to tap into these potentials.

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