Resource Efficiency

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020

Decades of high economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region have transformed its socioeconomic landscape – lifting a billion people out of extreme poverty in the past two decades and raising living standards of even greater numbers. However, such growth has been accompanied by growing inequality of income and opportunity and is beginning to breach planetary limits, thus endangering the well-being of future generations. Yet, the Asia-Pacific region is not on track to achieve any of the 17 Goals by 2030 if we continue on our business-as-usual pathway.

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020: Towards sustainable economies

Decades of high economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region have transformed its socioeconomic landscape – lifting a billion people out of extreme poverty in the past two decades and raising living standards of even greater numbers. However, such growth has been accompanied by growing inequality of income and opportunity and is beginning to breach planetary limits, thus endangering the well-being of future generations. Yet, the Asia-Pacific region is not on track to achieve any of the 17 Goals by 2030 if we continue on our business-as-usual pathway.

First technical webinar - Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition: Food post-harvest losses

The main objective of this webinar is to give practitioners the opportunity to interact with international experts, United Nations officers, university professors, researchers and fellow participants, throughout the world. They can be attended as interactive online sessions on Zoom, where it is possible to share perspectives, and questions to experts are encouraged. Webinars are also recorded and made available for self-study at anytime after the session.

Objectives of this Session

SDG 12.1 Reporting for SWITCH-Asia Countries – Connecting the dots between actions and reporting

The EU funded SWITCH-Asia programme has been promoting sustainable and inclusive growth as well as contributing to the economic prosperity; poverty reduction; and the transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular economy in Asia. Since it was launched in 2007, it has achieved more than a decade of progress on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in 24 countries in the region.

YouTube/ International Resource Panel

The International Resource Panel’s (IRP) mission is to provide independent, coherent and authoritative scientific assessments of policy relevance on the sustainable use of natural resources and, in particular, their environmental impacts over the full life cycle; and contribute to a better understanding of how to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation.

See the IRP's dedicated YouTube channel here
 

Environmental Change Through Participation

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.