Asia-Pacific response to COVID-19 needs social inclusion and environmental sustainability (video)

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The unprecedented public health emergency triggered by the COVID -19 pandemic and its multi-faceted impact on people’s lives around the world is taking a heavy toll on Asia and the Pacific. Countries in our region are striving to mitigate the massive socio-economic impact of the pandemic, which is also expected to affect the region’s economic […]

Concerted effort needed to achieve all SDGs in Asia Pacific by 2030 (video)

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Concerted effort needed to achieve all SDGs in Asia Pacific by 2030 (video)

Rising economic prosperity and poverty reduction may not tell the whole story of progress in Asia and the Pacific. Telling signs in the natural world recount a narrative that is far from complete. This year has been particularly affected by the COVID-19 global health pandemic, with devastating impacts on our health and the economy. Yet, […]

COVID-19: UN chief calls for calm, warns of global recession

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COVID-19: UN chief calls for calm, warns of global recession

The upheaval caused by the coronavirus — COVID-19 — is all around us. And I know many are anxious, worried and confused. That’s absolutely natural. We are facing a health threat unlike any other in our lifetimes. Meanwhile, the virus is spreading, the danger is growing, and our health systems, economies and day-to-day lives are being […]

Beijing25: catalysing change for gender equality

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Beijing25: catalysing change for gender equality

Great strides have been taken to empower women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing 25 years ago adopted an ambitious global agenda to achieve gender equality. In that time gender parity has been achieved in primary education and maternal mortality has been halved. Today, the region’s […]

Historic Summit to Tackle Asia-Pacific Environment Issues Begins

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Historic Summit to Tackle Asia-Pacific Environment Issues Begins

Senior government officials from across Asia and the Pacific will meet in Bangkok this week for the first Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment. Co-convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN Escap) and UN Environment, this historic high-level summit is a unique opportunity for the region’s environment […]