Asia-Pacific leaders convene to set common agenda for advancing sustainable development amidst crises

Heads of State, senior government officials and other stakeholders from 62 countries will convene from 23 to 27 May at the 78th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to shape the future of regional cooperation to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and deliver on the promise of leaving no one behind.

Guided by the theme “A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”, they will also review pathways to achieve more inclusive and sustainable post-pandemic recovery in the region. The theme study “Reclaiming our future” further identifies elements for a common agenda for present and future generations, which includes protecting people and the planet, leveraging digital opportunities, trading and investing more together, raising financial resources and managing debt.

The 78th session is expected to culminate in four regional-level UN resolutions to strengthen the resilience of the people and nations in Asia and the Pacific.

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