Ocean action needed now by Asia and Pacific countries

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Ocean action needed now by Asia and Pacific countries

As the Second Global Ocean Conference opens today in Lisbon, governments in Asia and the Pacific must seize the opportunity to enhance cooperation and solidarity to address a host of challenges that endanger what is a lifeline for millions of people in the region. If done right ocean action will also be climate action but […]

A new transport agenda to carry Asia and the Pacific towards sustainable development

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A new transport agenda to carry Asia and the Pacific towards sustainable development

Transport ministers from across Asia and the Pacific are meeting this week to consider a potentially transformational agenda for how people and goods are moved around the region and across the globe. Pre-COVID-19 transport connectivity weaknesses in the Asia-Pacific region became even more apparent during the pandemic: landlocked developing countries, least developed countries, and small […]

Bold and ambitious outcomes in civil registration needed to ensure no one left behind (video)

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Most countries in the Asia-Pacific region are on track to reach universal birth registration by 2030: an incredible achievement and a significant milestone in realizing human rights and equality. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed, many weaknesses remain in official recording systems, creating gaps in knowledge about the population and affecting how authorities respond […]

Is Asia and the Pacific ready for the global climate stage? (video)

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As the leaders of Asia and the Pacific prepare to head to Glasgow for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), they can be sure that our region will be in the spotlight; many of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change are located here. The seven G20 […]

Asia-Pacific COVID-19 recovery plans should be sustainable and green

Asia-Pacific COVID-19 recovery plans should be sustainable and green

The head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) has called on countries throughout the region to ensure that COVID-19 recovery programmes continue the pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to solving the climate crisis. As the region’s economic engine restarts, we must recognize the […]