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  • OPINION

    Escap continues to build on seven decades of success

    News, Shamshad Akhtar, Published on 27/05/2017

    » The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) marks its 70th anniversary this year. This is a rare opportunity for the oldest and largest of the United Nations regional commissions to take stock of past achievements, but also to spotlight where efforts need to be concentrated to meet new challenges.

  • OPINION

    Asean needs to cross boundaries

    News, Shamshad Akhtar, Published on 20/02/2017

    » The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has shown to be an exemplary role model for regional cooperation guiding the 10-country bloc on the path toward shared prosperity and sustainable development.

  • OPINION

    Disasters need better risk handling

    News, Shamshad Akhtar, Published on 30/01/2017

    » This month's floods are a worrisome reminder of the increasing uncertainty of extreme weather events. Thailand's flood season usually ends in November, but this year, influenced by a low depression area and a strong northeast monsoon, widespread flooding in the south of the country has killed more than 90 people, affected over 330,000 households, and resulted in widespread asset losses.

  • OPINION

    Plan for energy transition is crucial

    News, Shamshad Akhtar, Published on 18/01/2017

    » The Asia-Pacific region is at a turning point in its energy trajectory. The energy solutions that have fuelled growth in the region over the past few decades are no longer compatible with the sustainable development aspirations of our nations and their people. In transitioning to a new era of sustainable energy, policymakers across the region face complex decisions. Supplies must be secure and affordable, and they must fill the energy access gap which leaves half a billion people across the region without access to electricity.

  • OPINION

    Asia-Pacific's road to sustainability

    News, Shamshad Akhtar, Published on 08/12/2016

    » Transport is a key contributor to economic growth, prosperity and to societal well-being.

  • OPINION

    An enduring solution in Asia-Pacific

    News, Shamshad Akhtar, Published on 04/12/2015

    » Global leaders are gathered in Paris for the COP21 climate summit. Given the Asia-Pacific's size and its contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions, its voice and commitment are critical to achieving a comprehensive agreement on climate change.

  • OPINION

    Asia-Pacific celebrates 70 years of growth, security

    News, Shamshad Akhtar, Published on 24/10/2015

    » On this day, 70 years ago, the Charter of the United Nations came into force — hope, rising from the ashes of World War II. For seven decades the UN has driven multilateralism for peace, security, development and human dignity — in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. Although far from perfect, no other organisation has done more to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war and to promote social progress and better standards of life” for all.

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