Sustainability has unquestionably become the key focus for development. Asia is poised for more rapid growth, but growth without sustainability will be untenable. Now more than ever there is a need for innovative yet sustainable solutions for tackling issues such as economic development and poverty alleviation.
Asia-Pacific countries concluded three days of discussions here today on sustainable development challenges facing the region, including growing natural resource constraints, climate change, hunger and poverty, and reaffirmed their commitment to make economic growth more environmentally-friendly and inclusive.
Facilitating Agricultural Trade is Key to Poverty Reduction and Food Security in Asia and the Pacific Make food products more accessible and affordable, says high level regional forum Bangkok (UN ESCAP Information Services) — Concerned over the sharp rise in food prices and the impact of export barriers on food safety, participants in a meeting organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific ( ESCAP ) stressed the need for facilitating intraregional agricultural trade.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Kingdom of Thailand, the Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan, United Nations ESCAP, and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development, with supports from various international organizations and donor agencies, will be jointly organizing the Fifth Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum from 23 to 25 August 2010 at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, in Bangkok, Thailand.
This Saturday we remember the tragedy of five years ago, when a series of massive tsunami waves struck coasts around the Indian Ocean. The region was caught off guard as most people were unaware that a tsunami threat even existed. The result was a disaster with one of the highest human costs in living memory, and one that will not be forgotten in our lifetimes.
Delegates from countries across the Asia-Pacific region agreed on the need to integrate environmental sustainability into development policy, including through Green Growth. This was one of the outcomes of the first session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Committee on Environment and Development, which ended today in Bangkok.
It has been estimated that the hidden costs of red tape add up to 15 per cent of the value of goods traded. How to boost intra-regional trade in Asia and the Pacific by streamlining trade procedures and regulations? Can useful lessons be drawn from existing national and regional initiatives to further facilitate intra-regional trade? And how regional cooperation can help to reduce the trade facilitation gap across countries? These are some of the questions that will be discussed during the first Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum . Jointly organized by ESCAP and ADB, the event will take place from 25 to 26 November 2009, at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok.