In a message to the annual session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development because the blueprint for a powerful restoration, leaving nobody behind.
“That starts with universal health coverage and social protection, and decent work.”
The UN chief additionally referred to as for making “peace with nature” and stronger efforts to deal with the local weather disaster, together with investing in renewable power, sustainable meals programs, and nature-based options.
“Looking forward, recovery plans cannot be based on outdated, unsustainable economic models. Investments to rebuild the economy must be centred around inclusive, sustainable development that prioritizes people and planet”, he added.
Theme of the session
Also on the agenda is the affect of the pandemic on the area’s least developed and landlocked growing nations, and small islands, together with equitable distribution of vaccines and monetary assist initiatives, debt reliefs and debt service suspension.
The Commission can even focus on the status of implementation of sustainable development within the area amid the pandemic and its socio-economic fallout, with a number of nations reeling below successive waves of coronavirus infections.
Established in 1947, ESCAP is the most important of the UN’s 5 regional commissions – each when it comes to geographic protection and inhabitants served – its membership spanning from the Pacific island nation of Kiribati within the east, to Turkey within the west, and Russia within the north, to New Zealand within the south. ESCAP’s membership additionally consists of France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Key areas for restoration
Outlining priorities needed to make sure a restoration in step with the 2030 Agenda, Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of ESCAP, called on nations to combine well being danger administration into their socio-economic methods, and to scale up of social safety insurance policies to incorporate all segments of the society, particularly these working in casual sectors, individuals with disabilities, and older individuals.
She additionally underlined the necessity for sustainable financing, with a give attention to funding in resilient economies, in addition to strengthening regional commerce and transport connectivity to higher stand up to shocks and disruptions.
In addition, nations should make sure that the COVID-19 restoration is robust, clear and inexperienced, Ms. Alisjahbana stated.
“It is high time for governments to adopt a climate and environmentally responsive approach in line with the Paris Agreement. Let us urgently invest in renewable energy, energy efficient production system, green infrastructure and ecosystem restoration”, she added.
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