SDG re­gional co­op­er­a­tion and in­te­gra­tion top agenda at UN Asia-Pa­cific com­mis­sion

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T he 72nd ses­sion of the United Na­tions Eco­nomic and So­cial Com­mis­sion for Asia and the Pa­cific (ESCAP) will be held un­der the theme ‘Science, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment’ at the UN Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Bangkok, Thai­land, from 15 to 19 May 2016.

Com­pris­ing two parts, the an­nual ses­sion will in­clude the se­nior of­fi­cials seg­ment from 15 May to 17 May 2016, in prepa­ra­tion for the min­is­te­rial seg­ment, to be held from the af­ter­noon of 17 May to 19 May 2016.

This is the first Com­mis­sion ses­sion to be held since the adop­tion of the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment by the mem­bers of the United Na­tions last Septem­ber.

It of­fers a unique op­por­tu­nity to col­lec­tively re­view key chal­lenges to achiev­ing in­clu­sive and sus­tain­able eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment in Asia and the Pa­cific. The high-level di­a­logue will also en­able coun­tries to share their pri­or­i­ties and vi­sions on the re­gional eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and in­te­gra­tion agenda nec­es­sary for suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDGs).

The scale and depth of the SDGs re­quire in­nova- tion, along with sig­nif­i­cant sci­en­tific break­throughs and tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments. A min­is­te­rial panel on the ses­sion’s theme on 18 May will high­light mem­ber States’ pol­icy ap­proaches to science, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion, as well as the col­lab­o­ra­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties they see ly­ing ahead.

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