Over the long-term, the ASEAN-India strategic partnership, an integral element of ESCAP’s regional cooperation and integration strategy, will promote prosperity and sustainable development for the Asia-Pacific region. A full-scale ASEAN-India alliance would offer benefits not only to the participating countries, but to the entire region. I would like to share with you some observations on the dynamics and prospects for this partnership.
Let me begin by thanking H.E. Mr. Kairat Umarov, the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan, for organising this event. I am pleased to have the opportunity to talk about ESCAP’s work in North and Central Asia. Through our headquarters in Bangkok, as well as our office in Almaty, we support nine members of the Commission in this sub-region in their work to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
We will continue to support regional cooperation and integration which was rightly recognised as one of the most effective ways to accelerate progress towards the SDGs by this year’s Commission. Indeed, improving the Agenda 2030’s means of implementation remains our priority. With this in mind, we have revitalized partnerships with regional UN development agencies, regional development banks and think tanks. We’re determined to tap their expertise to effectively deliver on a central part of our mandate: regional follow up and review.
The United Nations’ regional commissions have a clear mandate to assist their Member States in integrating the different dimensions of sustainable development, providing technical support for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and supporting the intergovernmental agreements needed for real progress. ESCAP will use this mandate to deliver on our commitment to sustainable energy, to ensure global commitments are transformed into tangible regional sustainable energy strategies to power greener, more inclusive economies that respect the needs of future generations. I look forward to hearing your debates on these important topics.