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ERIA - UNESCAP Joint Virtual Policy Dialogue: Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020



On 10 June 2020, The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) are delighted to invite you to a policy dialogue on The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020. The speaker will be UNESCAP's Economic Affairs Officer, Mr Zheng Jian.

The event aims to discuss and freely exchange views on policy issues raised in the ‘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.

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. The largest regression is in Goal 12: Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns. This situation calls for a rethink of the economic growth-centric development model. The 2020 Survey proposes a transition towards cleaner production and less material-intensive lifestyles supported by enabling policies. It further calls for all stakeholders, notably governments, businesses, and consumers, to urgently align their own goals actions with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It identifies the constraints that different stakeholders face and provides a holistic policy package to power through the challenges. 

This Policy Discussion is particularly timely given the urgent need to rethink the ‘growth-centric’ development model in light of the economic challenges facing the region as it addresses the impact of COVID-19. 

Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2020
Venue: Virtual Room (link will be sent with confirmation of RSVP)


9:30 am − 9:35 amOpening Remarks - Koji Hachiyama 
9:35 am − 10:00 amPresentation of The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020 - Zheng Jian, UNESCAP
10:00 am − 10:15 amCommentary - Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, ERIA
10:15 am −10:25 amExpert intervention – Arief Anshory Yusuf, University of Padjadjaran, Indonesia
10:25 am – 10:35 amExpert intervention – Qwanrudee Chotichanathawewong, National Council of Research Thailand
10:35 am – 10:57 amOpen Dialogue 
10:57am – 11:00amClosing
11:00 am End of the Dialogue

Note: For more information about this event, please contact us at [email protected].

Programme and Agenda

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