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.
SDG14 Life Below Water
The Humans of MY World (HOMY) initiative showcases personal testimonies from around the world on why the SDGs matter to people and their communities. Inspired by “Humans of New York”, HOMY reveals the individual impact in achieving the SDGs. To learn more, click here.
Below is a collection of select stories and blogs from the framework of HOMY.
Strengthening the Environmental Dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific: Stocktake of National Responses to Sustainable Development Goals 12, 14, and 15
This report presents the results of a survey of 15 developing countries in Asia and the Pacific regarding Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 12, 14, and 15.
Documenting the value of participation in Asia and the Pacific to achieve the environmental dimensions of the SDGs
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the need for inclusive participation and effective stakeholder for the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2019, the theme of the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) and of the 6th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) will be “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.
The fifth in the series of Inequality of Opportunity in Asia and the Pacific policy papers (following Education, Decent Work, Clean Energy and Children’s Nutrition) , this paper highlights why it is important to reduce inequalities in access to clean water and basic sanitation. It also introduces new ways of analyzing surveys to measure inequality of opportunity and to identify the shared circumstances of those “furthest behind” in 22 ESCAP member States.
Over half of global land-based plastic waste leakage into the ocean originates in just five Asian countries. Yet, the
contribution of informal waste management to reducing pollution, remains largely overlooked. The United
Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is gathering evidence in pilot cities in
Asia to identify opportunities to return plastic resources into the production cycle by linking informal and formal
Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies in Asia and the Pacific addresses the theme of the 5th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development and the 2018 session of the high-level political forum on sustainable development and supports national and regional implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Strengthening the Environment Dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific
ADB, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and UN Environment, held a Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Strengthening the Environment Dimensions of the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific on 21–22 February 2018, in Bangkok, Thailand.
This Compendium provides a review of available tools related to the integration of environment into policy and planning in order to deliver sustainable development in the Asia and Pacific region. In the context of this task, the term ‘tools’ is interpreted broadly in order to ensure that as wide a range of potential tools and processes as possible is considered that could be used to integrate the environmental considerations of sustainable development into the Policy Cycle.
Assessment of capacity development needs of the countries in Asia and the Pacific for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14
Sustainable Development Goal 14 aims to aims to conserve and sustainably use the ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The increasingly adverse impacts of climate change -including ocean acidification-, overfishing and marine pollution are jeopardizing recent gains in protecting the ocean. Against this backdrop, ESCAP resolution E/ESCAP/RES/72/9 requested the secretariat, inter alia, to undertake an assessment of capacity development needs of the countries in Asia and the Pacific for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.