In September 2020, Costa Rica, the Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland delivered a joint statement at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council (Council) committing themselves to bring forward resolutions, at the Council in Geneva and at the General Assembly in New York, declaring universal recognition of the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment (R2E).

This Compilation of Good Practices for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and Water Governance (the ‘Compilation’) identifies good practices on water governance and seeks to strengthen the capacity of these institutions in realising water governance related human rights.

This book aims to give policy makers an overview of the evolution of science, technology and innovation (STI) policies in a selected number of East Asian countries. China, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore have transformed their economies and societies in recent decades.

Prepared as part of the ESCAP Framework on Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19, and also the background document for the North-East Asia Multistakeholder Forum on Sustainable Development Goals 2020, this report analyses the COVID-19 impact and national responses in North-East Asia as well as provides recommendations on a transformative recovery to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda.

This report highlights the current state of subregional cooperation and key agenda that will help accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in East and North-East Asia. Despite the subregion’s economic dynamism, and many countries in the subregion leading the world in frontier technologies, the subregion has been lagging in making progress on many of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The overarching principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – “leave no one behind” – calls for more granular and disaggregated data than are currently available in most countries, in order to inform the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) monitoring process.

In 2015, 17 Sustainable Development Goals were agreed by 193 UN Member States to shape the global agenda for sustainable development in the next fifteen years and beyond. 

Achieving these goals will require an unprecedented mobilization of the energy and skills of young people, and recognition of their significant role in promoting them. 

Human rights are the only set of internationally agreed standards that set out how people should be treated, and what they should expect from wider society and from organisations and institutions. They can help to navigate complex issues with competing viewpoints, in ways that treat all people fairly and impartially.

The year 2020 has been the year of COVID-19. The fallout of the pandemic is expected to significantly influence the ability of countries to plan for, finance and implement adaptation actions in response to current and future climate impacts, disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable countries and population groups.

This year marks the start of the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. It is a critical period to advance a shared vision and accelerate responses to the world’s gravest challenges – from eliminating poverty and hunger to reversing climate change.