Description

Efforts to contain the pandemic have exposed—and magnified—deeply rooted vulnerabilities and inequalities in the region. There are signs of a ‘K-shaped’ recovery marked by increasing divergence in economic and social outcomes within and between countries. When environmental degradation, increasing natural hazards and accelerating climate change are added to the mix, the risks to developing countries and poor and vulnerable populations are even greater. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has further disrupted supply chains and raised food and fuel prices.

These compounded crises of health, climate change, energy and security pose new challenges to our efforts to achieve the SDGs but may also create new opportunities to accelerate much needed change.

This event will bring together a diverse panel of leaders from civil society, business, and government in Asia and the Pacific to reflect on the insights from the ESCAP ADB UNDP 2022 Asia Pacific SDG Partnership Report and consider how the SDGs can help us navigate these challenging times to ensure no one is left behind.

Objectives

The event will bring together a diverse panel of leaders in Asia and the Pacific to reflect on the insights from the annual ESCAP ADB UNDP 2022 Asia Pacific SDG Partnership Report and consider how the SDGs can help us navigate these challenging times to ensure no one is left behind.

Target participants

Policy makers in Asia and the Pacific; private sector investors; researchers in academia and think tanks; members of the international development community; ADB Board, Management, and staff.

Resource speakers

Armida Alisjahbana

Armida Alisjahbana
Executive Secretary
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Woochong Um

Woochong Um
Managing Director General
Asian Development Bank

Claire Van der Vaeren

Claire Van der Vaeren
Chief, Country Office Liaison and Coordination
Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Development Programme

Joyashree Roy

Joyashree Roy
Bangabandhu Chair Professor, AIT, Thailand
Coordinating Lead Author, Chapter 5, IPCC WGIII Sixth Assessment Report
Professor of Economics, Jadavpur University

Beverley Postma

Beverley Postma
Executive Director
Grow Asia

Alkesh Wadhwani

Alkesh Wadhwani
Director, Poverty Alleviation, India
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Moderator

Bernard Woods

Bernard Woods
Principal Director
Department of Communications
Asian Development Bank

How to register

Register now to join. You will receive a confirmation email with the event details upon registering.

Costs

Free event.

Event organizers / partners

  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Event Contact

  • Pamela ELMIDO (Ms) Results Management Assistant Strategy, Policy and Partnerships Department Asian Development Bank E-mail contact form