Tagged on: Asia and the Pacific

Sustainable Development Goals
State of ICT in Asia and the Pacific: Uncovering the widening broadband divide
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Africa and the Pacific

The digital technology has been fundamentally transforming not only the way we interact in society and the economy, but also the way the development paradigm is evolving. The Global Information Technology Report 2016, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in July 2016, highlights that the digital revolution is changing the nature of innovation, which is increasingly based on the digital technology and associated new business models. Encouraging businesses to embrace the power of the digital technology, therefore, should be an imperative of governments. This requires, among others, the right governance frameworks to anticipate the impact of emerging technologies and react quickly to changing circumstances due to new economic and social dynamics. The WEF report concludes that the role of technology, broadband in particular, is critical to drive growth and enable collaborative innovation in many areas, from production to processes


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2016
Report of the 19th NOWPAP MERRAC Focal Points Meeting & the 11th Competent National Authorities Meeting
United Nations Environment Programme
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2016
NOWPAP Programme of Work, 2016-2017
United Nations Environment Programme, Northwest Pacific Action Plan
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2015
2015 NOWPAP International Coastal Cleanup and joint TEMM-NOWPAP Workshop on Marine Litter Management
United Nations Environment Programme, Northwest Pacific Action Plan
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2015
UNEP Welcomes New National Ozone Officers of Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Tuvalu
United Nations Environment Programme

Bangkok, 30 June 2015 – UNEP – OzonAction in the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) has welcomed new National Ozone Officers who will help three Pacific Island nations fulfil their obligations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The new National Ozone Officers from Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Tuvalu have joined their National Ozone Units (NOUs) and taken on their new challenges in the first half of 2015.


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2015
Reports and Books
Aligning the Financial Systems in the Asia Pacific Region to Sustainable Development: Asia-Pacific High-Level Consultation on Financing for Development
United Nations Environment Programme

Adequate, appropriate finance is crucial for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific UN (ESCAP) estimates that the region needs to invest around US$2.5 trillion a year between 2013 and 2030 to achieve key sustainable development goals. The region’s developing financial and capital markets provide a unique opportunity for innovative financial and capital market policies, regulations and standards that can align private capital flows to the financing needs of sustainable development. Notably, the region’s savings, US$8.4 trillion in 2012, represents more than half of the world’s total savings, the channeling of which will make a significant difference to regional and international progress towards sustainable development.


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2015
Reports and Books
Casebook on innovative activities for achieving sustainable development In Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Environment Programme

The casebook shares not only lessons from project innovations and implementation, but successful initial and long-term project results in pilot communities. It identifi es an array of crucial project factors, highlighting the importance of focus on and involvement of the community, optimization of local resources, gender and social inclusion, stakeholder mobilization and empowerment, and linkage with macro policy. The Casebook on Innovative Activities for Achieving Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacifi c aims to promote tested micro-solutions as scalable initiatives, able to be picked up and replicated as part of the broader strategy for sustainable development in the region.


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2015
India Leadership Programme on Environment and Sustainable Development 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

India Leadership Programme on Environment and Sustainable Development
Theme: Developing Capacities to meet the challenges of Sustainable Development
Date 11 - 13 march 2015
Institute of Management in Government Thiruvanathapuram


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2015
Second Extraordinary Intergovernmental Meeting of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan: Report of the Meeting
United Nations Environment Programme
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2015
Reports and Books
Technology, Finance and Statistics for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Development Programmeme

As this report points out, mostly the news is good. In 2001, it may have seemed a daunting task to halve the 1990 poverty rate − the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 per day. In fact Asia and the Pacific has cut that poverty rate by more than two-thirds. The region has not achieved all the goals, and some subregions and countries have made faster progress than others. Moreover, because of inevitable lags in gathering the most recent information, this report, whose data largely correspond to 2014, should perhaps be seen as the final milestone rather than the finishing post. Nevertheless, even at this stage it is clear that the MDGs have spurred heartening levels of commitment and achievement.


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2015