Science, technology and innovation (STI) were identified as primary means of implementation for sustainable development at the Rio+20 conference in 2012. To achieve the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) countries will need to align their STI agendas with the new sustainable development paradigm and strengthen their STI capabilities and capacities.
The urgent need for reliable data for evidence-based policy analysis, and the importance of well-functioning public administrative systems for just and people-centered development have been central to dialogues on the new development agenda. The post-2015 development agenda has provided major impetus to CRVS, which is gaining momentum at the national, regional and global levels.
Regional economic cooperation, as a form of partnership for development, offers a valuable approach, given the region’s lead as a driver of global growth and a supplier of funding to advanced countries. However, this cooperation needs to be further strategized by, among other things, better tapping the region’s tax potential and leveraging its pool of savings.
Despite consensus on the interdependence of the three dimensions of sustainability for decades, there is lack of understanding how to conceptualize integration into strategic frameworks and how to steer, mainstream and implement balanced economic growth, social justice and ecological sustainability.
The new development agenda emphasizes that social justice and ecological sustainability be established as fundamental policy objectives, rather than as secondary considerations to economic growth. These essentials call for a rethink and a shift to a different growth trajectory, a green trajectory, which is more resource-efficient, able to meet the needs of present and future generations within planetary boundaries, and which puts people at the center of development.
Report by the Executive Secretary of activities of ESCAP to the 360th Session of Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives.
As one of our region’s most renowned economists, Amartya Sen wrote - the path to enhanced human flourishing will be built by expanding the scope of choices and opportunities. We have a responsibility to ensure equality of choices and opportunities for people today and the generations to come. Therein, lies the key to end poverty, build lives of dignity, protect our planet and, in short, achieve sustainable development for all.
With the enhanced role of regional commissions in sustainable development, ESCAP will be working closely with the rest of the UN system to ensure there is a more holistic approach to addressing the vulnerabilities which have made it difficult for smaller economies to make inroads in addressing the challenges of water, sanitation and water related-disasters.