Regional Cooperation and Integration for Enhancing Sustainable Development in East and North-East Asia

Regional Cooperation and Integration for Enhancing Sustainable Development in East and North-East Asia

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) East and North-East Asia Office and the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) will launch two key publications on “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” in Seoul on 24 March, 2017.

Countries in East and North-East Asia have begun the process of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, but are facing multiple challenges. A large number of people still live in poverty and socio-economic inequalities continue to widen. Moreover, there is an urgent need to address issues of climate change, 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.

The publications find that strengthening regional cooperation and integration can provide solutions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in East and North-East Asia. While the subregion’s cooperation and integration efforts have often been held back by geopolitical tensions, there are significant gains to be made by taking concrete steps toward increasing cooperation in areas of common interest, including energy, trade and transport connectivity, as well as environmental cooperation. The two reports identify national and subregional priorities and recommend policy actions for moving forward.

WHAT: Regional Cooperation and Integration for Enhancing Sustainable Development in East and North-East Asia
Launch of ESCAP Publications “Unlocking the Potential for East and North-East Asian Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration” and “Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in East and North-East Asia”

WHO:

  • Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Dr. Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Head and Director, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office

WHERE: Orchid Room, The Westin Chosun, Seoul

WHEN: Friday, 24 March 2017, 7:00AM

For media enquiries, please contact: Ms. Jiwon Kim, Communications Consultant, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office, W: 032 458 6617 / M: 010 2724 5949 / E: kim123@un.org