SDG13 Climate Action
In May 2015, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), adopted resolution 71/11 to establish the Asian and Pacific Centre for the development of disaster information management (APDIM) in the Islamic Republic of Iran as a regional institution of the Commission.
This site contains links to the activities and tools ESCAP has used to strengthen environment statistics in Asia and the Pacific. It also contains a collection of outputs from these activities. One of the purposes of the self-learning materials is to provide background to reading the guidance documents. Another purpose is to provide insights into policy applications and data sources.
This Academy aims to solidify current knowledge and foster an exchange of practices in the transition to environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economies. The Academy, now in its 3rd edition, is implemented in partnership with PAGE.
Environment-related sustainable development goals have shown the least progress across Asia-Pacific countries. In tandem, regional reports, civil society and the news call attention to the increased vulnerability and marginality of specific groups of people in society – such as those exposed to climate change, migrant workers, or those affected by air pollution. More understanding is needed regarding the engagement of marginal and vulnerable groups who lie at the frontiers of environmental change.
The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2019 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Tuesday, 9 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 16 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019.
The theme will be "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality". The set of goals to be reviewed in depth is the following:
Seizing the opportunity of the incredible momentum of climate action, and Asia-Pacific countries being at the forefront of innovation to tackle the climate crisis, the upcoming Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019 (APCW) is gearing up to boost the region’s response to the current climate emergency.
Co-generating knowledge: Organic rice in Savannakhet - SUMERNET film series on “Climate change and water insecurity”
The wetlands of Savannakhet are crucial to the food security of Lao PDR, providing the country with most of its rice. But the area's rice farmers are facing greater flood risks since the Nam Theun 2 dam started operations further upstream. SN project researchers have supported dialogue between the dam operators, government agencies and the farmers to resolve compensation issues as well as initiating organic rice farming efforts.