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.
Our region is changing and the global development paradigm is being transformed. To remain relevant and effective, to provide the support our member States need implementing the post-2015 development agenda, ESCAP has and must continue to change too.
The Asia-Pacific region has taken the first steps towards achieving Sustainable Energy for All. ESCAP is committed to support member State cooperation on a common energy agenda for shared prosperity, social equity and sustainability.
Presentation by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP at the launch of the Asia-Pacific Regional MDGs Report 2014/15 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Global sustainable development depends on the sustainable management of oceans and seas joined with strong and effective governance. Addressing these challenges requires the participation of all coastal nations - large and small, whether continental or island.
We meet this year amid a confluence of key events, among them: the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Charter; the 20th year of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; and the 10th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol. This year, global leaders will lay the foundations of a far-reaching new sustainable development agenda. Sustainability will be further reinforced with a new agreement on climate change and new global partnerships.