Bangkok (ESCAP News) –The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) marked its 70th Anniversary at the opening of the annual Commission session in Bangkok today, with its Executive Secretary reflecting on the extraordinary transformation of the region, and underlining the importance of regional solutions to support the global development agenda.
“Seventy years ago, ours was a region devastated by conflict. Political instability was rife, poverty and famine were endemic, and social tensions widespread,” said United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar. “Today our region accounts for over a third of the world’s output, and we are on track to make up half of global GDP by 2050. We are driving global growth, global trade and increasingly, science, technology and innovation. Poverty has fallen to 15 per cent in 2012, down from 50 per cent in 1990.”
Asian and Pacific countries are discussing economic cooperation and integration this week at the United Nations regional office in Bangkok, (UNESCAP) whose annual session focuses on how regional countries can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More on UN News Site.
The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) marks its 70th anniversary this year. In a recent interview, its Executive Secretary, Shamshad Akhtar, highlights socio-economic achievements in the region. Ms. Akhtar also flags the need for further regional integration and cooperation in addressing common challenges. Read full interview
Bangkok (ESCAP News) — Asia-Pacific policymakers and statisticians convened at a United Nations conference in Bangkok this week to improve statistics for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires governments to develop statistics that can support integrated planning and analysis across economic, social and environmental development pillars. Meeting this new challenge requires transformative change in national statistical systems – the region’s traditional producers of official statistics.
In response, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) organized a three-day conference from 24 to 26 August, to outline the region’s aspirations in a collective vision and framework for action aimed at advancing official statistics for the 2030 Agenda.
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