Economic impacts of climate change in Asia-Pacific highlighted at global UN forum

The Asia-Pacific region contributes over half of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. It is also the most vulnerable in the world to climate change. During COP22, ESCAP co-organized a roundtable of UN regional commissions on ‘Building capacity for advancing the 2030 Agenda through climate action and reviewing progress on achieving the climate related Sustainable Development Goals’. The event explored similarities between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as integrated solutions and potential synergies for regional implementation.

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Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016: Year-end Update

Stable economic conditions in the second half of 2016 provide an opportunity to internalize the economic, social, environmental and governance dimensions of sustainable development in a comprehensive manner, according to the Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific 2016: Year-end Update of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The report argues that progressive tax policies, together with better and effective economic governance, can help economies make progress on the inclusiveness front and decisively move towards sustainable development.

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Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2016

Asia-Pacific economies are facing sluggish global economic growth, downward movement of world commodity prices and an uncertain policy environment. As such 2016 is not expected to post encouraging results on trade and foreign direct investment, according to the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2016. This at a time when the stakes for international trade have been raised considerably with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which identifies trade as one of the key means of implementation.

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Transforming commitment into action on disaster risk reduction

Nothing erases development gains as suddenly and severely as natural disasters. ESCAP hosted the Asia-Pacific Space Leaders Forum to mobilize leaders in space and disaster risk management and facilitate a dialogue on the demand and supply of space information products. Space leaders discussed opportunities to develop a new Asia-Pacific Plan of Action for Space Applications 2018 – 2030, and foster greater discussion on the operational needs of users. Additionally, the Forum also provided valuable additions to regional efforts in disaster mitigation and for monitoring the implementation of SDGs in the region.

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Prevention of Violence Against Women

This year, the global ‘UNiTE to End Violence Against Women’ campaign focused on the need for more sustainable financing for efforts to end violence against women and girls, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this regard, the regional commemoration event included an interactive panel discussion on the importance of gender-responsive budgeting as well as innovative measures across the Asia-Pacific needed to prevent violence against women and girls.

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Around the Region

2016 SPECA Economic Forum

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development offers a renewed opportunity for SPECA to play a more critical role in promoting subregional cooperation in Central Asia. Through fostering greater subregional cooperation, SPECA can support national implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as addressing many of the transboundary Goals, such as ecosystems, natural resources, climate change, infrastructure connectivity and disaster risk reduction.

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4th Regional Forum held by CSAM

Agriculture and land-use change, contribute around one quarter of the global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. The 4th Regional Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Asia and the Pacific focused on the theme of “Leading the Way for Climate-Smart Agriculture through Machinery and Practices” bringing together stakeholders in the region to share and discuss best practices of low-carbon and innovative agricultural machinery technologies and practices for evidence-based decision making.

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CAPSA workshop for stakeholders to accelerate transition to sustainable agriculture

Sustainable Development Goal 2.4 is a win-win strategy to achieve increased food production, ensure social sustainability, and improve resilience to climate change and natural disasters. The three day CAPSA workshop developed the skills of participants to engage in designing, implementing and monitoring the progress of policies in the region to accelerate the transition to sustainable agriculture.

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Coming up at ESCAP

ESCAP SDG WEEK
28 November - 2 December 2016
Bangkok, Thailand
Ministerial Conference on Transport, Third Session
5-9 December 2016
Moscow, Russian Federation
2016 International Conference on Green Trade
6-7 December 2016
Beijing, China
International Seminar on Trade Facilitation in North-East Asia
13 December 2016
Incheon , Republic of Korea
Committee on Statistics, Fifth Session
14-16 December 2016
Bangkok, Thailand
The 4th Northeast Asia Energy Security Forum
15 December 2016
Seoul, Republic of Korea