Transport infrastructure and services are the concrete expression of our need to connect - with different countries, new markets, and key resources – but most importantly with other people. The transport sector underpins much of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ESCAP’s) engagement with our member States and development partners, with an emphasis on promoting “Regional Connectivity and Shared Prosperity.”
The new regional framework on HIV and AIDS builds on our successes, and refocuses our efforts to where they are now most needed. It also enables our region to strengthen its voice in the critical global negotiations on the sustainable development goals, ensuring that the response to HIV remains a key focus of the post-2015 development agenda.
Getting to zero new infections, zero stigma and zero AIDS-related deaths in Asia and the Pacific, is possible only through seamless partnerships across and between counties. Our goal should be not only to halt the spread of HIV in the Asia-Pacific region, but to bring the epidemic to an end.
Remarks by the Executive Secretary at the 358th meeting of the ESCAP Advisory Council for Permanent Representatives.
The transition to a more diverse energy mix in Asia and the Pacific is feasible, with the regions abundant sources of renewable energy. Backed by appropriate strategies and policies, effective exploitation of renewable sources has the potential to substitute for fossil fuels.
Presentation delivered by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), at the launch of the Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific 2014: Year-end Update.
Economic growth and sustainable development are not zero sum games. They are both prerequisites of the future we want, mutually reinforcing, and neither can succeed in the absence of the other.
Post-2015 sustainable development has the potential to break new ground. Its conceptual framework is anchored in an integrated approach, and its processes have involved unprecedented levels of global consultation. This agenda is not just about aspirational goals but it makes a persuasive case for global partnerships in finance; trade; as well as science, technology and innovation. Pathways to sustainable development are complex but attainable.