Food waste reduction offers multi-faceted wins for people and planet, improving food security, addressing climate change, saving money and reducing pressures on land, water, biodiversity and waste management systems. Yet this potential has until now been woefully under-exploited. This potential may have been overlooked because the true scale of food waste and its impacts have not been well understood.

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created the worst crisis in Asia and the Pacific since World War II. Across the Asia-Pacific region, as across the world, countries have suffered sudden economic contractions, along with interruptions to trade, broken supply chains, and with the collapse of international tourism – leading to widespread job losses and increases in poverty.

Covid‑19 will have severe negative impacts on most SDGs. The world is facing the worst public health and economic crisis in a century. As of June 20th, 2020, around 463,000 people had died from Covid-19 across the world. The health crisis is affecting all countries, including high-income countries in Europe and North America.

Background documentation for the 7th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum consists of four resilience outlooks that rent a snapshot of the stream-specific aspects of resilience at the regional level, depicting challenges, promising innovations, best practices as well as priorities for action for the key aspects identified.

Replacing traditional methods of cooking using open fires and solid fuels with clean cooking solutions is an integral element of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7), which aims to achieve universal access to modern, affordable, reliable, and sustainable modern energy for all. Reliance on inefficient cooking practices amplifies household air pollution (HAP).

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.