Widening inequalities, slow climate action among factors pushing region further away from sustainable development targets

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On its current trajectory, Asia and the Pacific will not meet all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) before 2062 – at least 32 years behind schedule. The latest edition of the Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report, set to be launched next week, provides a sobering reminder of the extraordinary collective effort still needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Produced by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the report also shines the spotlight on success stories and trends, and the unique challenges faced in the different parts of the region. It draws out priorities and opportunities for enhancing data availability on SDG indicators, especially for the most vulnerable population groups, which could help to shape more equitable and inclusive development pathways.

NOTE TO EDITOR: Members of the media are invited to attend in-person or online via Zoom.

What: Launch of the Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2024

When: 15 February 2024, 1100 – 1200hrs (Bangkok time, UTC+7)

Where: Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand, Penthouse Floor, Maneeya Center, Ploenchit Road, Bangkok and online via ZOOM

Key speakers:

  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Rachael Beaven, Director, Statistics Division, ESCAP

Why attend:

  • Gain the latest insights and data into the Asia-Pacific region’s progress for each of the 17 SDGs;
  • Understand how sex, age and income influence the chances of being left behind;
  • Hear about real examples and success stories of evidence-based actions taken in countries to achieve the SDGs;
  • Exclusive media interviews with UN subject experts are available upon request.

Registration: https://bit.ly/register_SDG2024

Further information: https://www.unescap.org/events/2024/launch-asia-and-pacific-sdg-progress-report-2024

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