The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a devastating socio-economic crisis that undermines the prospects of meeting the SDGs in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership between ESCAP, ADB and UNDP published a report in 2020 that examines how the region can build forward better to leave no country behind and explores how countries can harness digitalization in creating citizen-centric systems that enable the SDGs.
The interactive side event at the High-level Political Forum will highlight the evolving impacts of the pandemic in the region and focus on the role of digitalization in recovery. While rapid digitalization has helped reduce the impact of the pandemic in many countries, it has also exposed vulnerabilities and inequalities linked to the digital divide. There is a need for enhanced cooperation among countries to improve physical connectivity, financial and economic cooperation and increase investment in building human capabilities to ensure that no country is left behind.
The event will explore how the region can build forward better to leave no country behind and how countries can harness digitalization in creating citizen-centric systems that enable the SDGs. The discussion will focus on the:
- impact of the pandemic in the region and the SDGs;
- role of digitalization in recovery; and
- need for enhanced regional cooperation
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.
Chief Economic Advisor
Regional Bureau for Asia-Pacific
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development
United Nations Assistant Secretary-General
UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director for the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
CEO and Managing Director
Asia Development Alliance
How to join
Event organizers / partners
- UN ESCAP