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New ESCAP reports highlight regional cooperation and integration as key

Sustainable Development (UNOSD)

SEOUL, Republic of Korea-March 27: 10:48am(ESCAP News):Regional cooperation and
integration will be key to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development in East and North-East Asia, according to two new reports
launched by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and
the Pacific (ESCAP) today, in partnership with the World Federation of
United Nations Associations (WFUNA).

The reports, ‘Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in East and
North-East Asia’ and ‘Unlocking the Potential for East and North-East Asian
Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration,’ highlight significant
challenges facing the subregion, where a large number of people still live
in poverty and socio-economic inequalities continue to grow.

In addition, there is an urgent need to address issues of climate change and natural
disasters, as well as resource and energy inefficiency.

With population ageing taking place at an unprecedented speed, these challenges require a
transformative shift in policies to support sustainable development.

Speaking at today’s launch in Seoul, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General
of the United Nations said, “Continued international cooperation on the
Sustainable Development Goals and for economic cooperation and integration
will deliver real improvements for people, and support more stable and
inclusive societies, which will lead to the ‘future we want.’”

During her opening remarks, United Nations Under-Secretary General and
Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar reiterated the importance
of regional cooperation in achieving the 2030 Agenda.

“Development of a common vision for East and North-East Asia has been challenging but it has
great potential for achieving sustainable development both at subregional
and regional levels by bringing synergies between the SDGs and regional
economic cooperation and integration.”

The speakers also raised policy actions for moving forward, including the
creation of institutional mechanisms to foster collaboration among member
States, and the implementation of transformative policies and measures to
address climate change.

ESCAP will hold the High-Level Dialogue on Regional Economic Cooperation
and Integration for Enhancing Sustainable Development in Asia and the
Pacific in Bangkok from 20 to 21 April this year.

The forum will provide a platform to discuss regional actions on moving towards the formation of an
integrated market, development of seamless connectivity in the region, and
enhancing financial cooperation, along with increasing economic cooperation
to address shared vulnerabilities and risks.

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