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24 April 2024
United Nations Building
Asia/Bangkok timezone

I. Background

The Asia-Pacific region faces a rising tide of development challenges in the post-pandemic period. Economic slowdown, unprecedented inflation and uncertainty brought about by geopolitical challenges have set back past development gains. These have also been worsened by a food and fuel price crisis, further compounded by the widespread, rapid and intensifying impacts of climate change. This fast-evolving development landscape is drastically changing narratives and calling for policy adaptation required to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

ESCAP, as an inter-governmental platform that serves to bolster regional aspirations of socioeconomic development, recognizes that effective responses to this ever-growing, ever-complex development landscape cannot be achieved alone. Ongoing collaborative relationships with organizations from different stakeholder types aligning interests around a common vision, combining complementary resources and competencies and sharing risk, to maximize value creation towards the Sustainable Development Goals and deliver benefit to each of the partners, are crucial for accelerating sustainable solutions to the regions’ biggest challenges.  

The Technical Cooperation Highlights 2022-2023 publication, the third in the series (link), presents major achievements of ESCAP’s capacity development programme over the past two years, accomplished in collaboration with partners.

In recognition of the role partnerships play in the delivery of ESCAP’s technical cooperation work, this edition is dedicated to success stories showcasing the power of partnerships. It illustrates how ESCAP’s partnerships have made a difference and contributed to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda across the Asia-Pacific region.  

II. Organization and target audience

The panel will comprise representatives of donors and providers and recipients of technical assistance as well as implementing partners. Target audience will be representatives of member States, technical/development cooperation agencies, UN agencies, intergovernmental organizations, as well as the private sector.  

III. Objectives

The side event will launch ESCAP’s Technical Cooperation Highlights 2022-2023 publication and showcase results and achievements of ESCAP’s substantive work and its facilitation of regional cooperation. By providing the opportunity for an in-depth discussion, the side event will:  

• Showcase major technical cooperation and capacity development achievements for implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

• Portray successful partnerships with governments, foundations and private sector.

• Present ESCAP’s unique position in facilitating regional cooperation and collaboration, including South-South cooperation, towards agreed development goals and priorities.  

United Nations Building, Bangkok City, Thailand