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National consultation to strengthen social protection in the Maldives

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The National Consultation on Readiness to Implement Action Plan to Strengthen Regional Cooperation on Social Protection in the Maldives was launched in Maldives jointly by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services, and the United Nations Maldives team.

Governments in Asia and the Pacific have increasingly recognized social protection as a key policy instrument to build a more productive, protected and healthy population in Asia and the Pacific. In 2020, ESCAP member States endorsed the regional Action Plan to Strengthen Regional Cooperation on Social Protection, which serves as a shared vision, strategy and platform for promoting partnership and peer learning as well as identifying needs for capacity development. The Action Plan sets out 12 national actions that underpin the achievement of more inclusive and comprehensive social protection systems, ranging from upholding the right to social protection in legislative and regulatory frameworks, to ensuring a more effective design, coordination and delivery of social protection schemes.

To support member States in the implementation of this first ever regional Action Plan, ESCAP has been undertaking stocktaking initiatives on the readiness to implement the Action Plan and achieve more inclusive and comprehensive social protection systems in Cambodia, Georgia, Maldives, Mongolia, the Philippines and Turkey.

The Maldives has demonstrated strong commitment to social protection and achieved universal old age pensions through both contributory and non-contributory schemes, as well as a universal disability allowance and universal health insurance.

The stocktaking consists of a brief report that showcases the Maldives’ policies for promoting social protection and its overall readiness to implement the national actions of the Action Plan. A second part of the stocktaking exercise involves a national consultation with selected participants from the Ministries to discuss and validate the findings of the draft report, notably its recommendations for achieving the objectives of the Action Plan. The consultation also served as a forum to reflect how a more holistic and strategic social protection system could be an economic investment in future labour markets, the economy and prosperity of the country.

Launching the National Consultation, the Vice President of Maldives Faisal Naseem highlighted ongoing progress made on social protection, such as the launch of the registry portal for persons with disabilities by the National Social Protection Agency (NSPA), the implementation of non-contributory schemes for persons in vulnerable situations, as well as pension plan.

Aishath Mohammed Didi, Minister of Gender, Family and Social Services, elaborated on the recently developed National Framework on Social Protection that sets the architecture to establish a minimum social protection floor, enhance the sustainability of social protection programs, and promote a legal and regulatory framework to ensure greater quality, efficiency, and equity in providing social protection services.

Reflecting on the different pathways to more inclusive and comprehensive social protection systems across countries in the region, Srinivas Tata, Director, Social Development Division, ESCAP outlined the key elements within the Action Plan that underpin strong social protection systems. Emphasizing the need for a lifecycle approach, Catherine Haswell, UN Resident Coordinator for Maldives, indicated it was an opportune moment to gather and review the various components of Maldives’ social protection system, to leverage what has worked and make adjustments to transform the system into one which meets the future needs of the Maldives.

As the country moves forward to implement the National Framework on Social Protection, the Consultation was a rare opportunity to engage stakeholders from across different line Ministries and stakeholders in the Maldives to chart actions towards a future where all Maldivians are protected.

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ESCAP partners with TransitionZero to accelerate low-carbon development through energy connectivity

Submitted by SSUPHUTT on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 12:33
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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is working with climate data nonprofit TransitionZero providing investment-grade open data and modelling to improve energy connectivity and accelerate low-carbon development in the Asia-Pacific region.

TransitionZero will present modelling analyses from its open source energy systems model Future Energy Outlook (FEO) at ESCAP regional events on energy systems planning and power system decarbonisation. Additionally, TransitionZero will contribute open source modelling to the Asia-Pacific Working Group of the Green Grids Initiative – chaired by ESCAP – which works with parliamentarians, investors, and large donor institutions to facilitate a globally interconnected electricity grid.

As one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, ESCAP provides a platform for its member States to dialogue and strengthen regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific. ESCAP promotes energy connectivity through workshops and expert group meetings designed to delineate and address the principal barriers to energy connectivity from national, subregional, and regional perspectives.

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New UN handbook on navigating trade provisions for sustainable development

Submitted by SSUPHUTT on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 09:15
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The United Nations has released a new handbook to build the capacity of developing countries to design and negotiate sustainable development provisions in trade agreements that consider their specific situation, and to encourage research and discussions on maximizing the impact of such provisions in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The UN Handbook on Provisions and Options for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Trade Agreements uniquely provides a range of alternative sustainable development provisions with explanation on their binding nature and flexibility from legal perspective. It includes chapters on environment, labour, gender, MSMEs and investment.

Regional trade agreements are increasingly addressing various aspects of sustainable development through specific provisions and chapters. Developed economies and a growing number of developing economies have included provisions related to health, environment, labour rights, engagement of small and medium sized-enterprises and environment. Many less developed economies have expressed concerns about the inclusion of such non-trade issues as they create potential new trade barriers. At the same time, however, governments in key international markets are taking steps to increase sustainable development related non-tariff measures in trade agreements and this trend may be expected to accelerate.

The Handbook, developed by the five UN Regional Commissions, UNCTAD and other partners, was launched at the Rethinking World Trade 2023 conference hosted by Georgetown University yesterday. The guide is based on inputs collected from a wide range of experts, including from WTO, civil society, academia and the private sector, under the Global Initiative on Mainstreaming Sustainable Development Provisions in Trade Agreements.

For more information: https://www.unescap.org/project/imsdp

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New tech challenge and training mobilises women innovators in Cambodia

Submitted by SSUPHUTT on Mon, 10/04/2023 - 09:26
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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has partnered with the Cambodia University of Technology and Science (CamTech), Khmer Enterprise (KE) and Techo Startup Center to launch a new startup and entrepreneurship training program, with a focus on mobilising women innovators. The four-month program was launched alongside an Innovative Tech Startup Challenge for students, organized by KE and Cam Tech, which aims to harness technology to address Cambodia’s sustainable development challenges.

The competition and training program is backed by ESCAP’s Catalyzing Women Entrepreneurship project, which has to date supported 15 innovative fintech start-ups, directly benefitted over 100,000 women entrepreneurs and unlocked over USD 65 million in private capital to support women entrepreneurs.

During the launch event on 5 April 2023, CamTech and ESCAP signed an agreement to strengthen collaboration among all institutions to promote entrepreneurship and mark the beginning of the incubation training programme and the startup challenge for undergraduates.

The initiative creates a new wave of support for research, innovation and entrepreneurship capacity building for undergraduates, especially female students, in the field of science and technology in Cambodia and promotes public-private partnerships in implementing the national development policy agenda.

Directly following the event, applications for the innovation challenge were opened. Winning applicants presenting the best solutions will not only receive a cash prize, but also the opportunity to compete in the United States next Year.

Students who are interested in the incubation training program can now register for the orientation from 4 April to 26 April 2023 via the following link: https://lnkd.in/g-rZA9XF

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Cambodia sets example for climate action in the cooling sector

Submitted by SSUPHUTT on Mon, 13/03/2023 - 14:02
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  • Cooling services account for 45 per cent of electricity use nationally.
  • Heat stress in Cambodia leads to an annual GDP loss of at least US$1.12 billion.
  • Sustainable cooling is key to protect vulnerable populations, keep food fresh, medicines viable, and workforces productive.

The government of Cambodia is launching today its first national strategic plan on cooling – one of the largest contributors to global warming – to lead the country to a greener, cleaner and low-carbon future.

Cambodia’s National Cooling Action Plan was developed with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), under the framework of the Cool Coalition – a global effort led by UNEP to drive action on sustainable cooling.

The plan seeks to reduce cooling demand, strengthen the access to cooling services such as cold chains for food and medicine, improve the energy efficiency of appliances, and encourage the use of low-Global Warming Potential refrigerants.

Sustainable approaches to cooling are critical to tackle climate change. Such approaches reduce food loss, enhance access to healthcare and medicines, enable productive work and protect against heat stress, especially important in a country where heat stress leads to an annual GDP loss of at least US$1.12 billion.

“If we are serious about reversing current climate trends, we cannot go about cooling our planet with a business-as-usual approach,” said Dechen Tsering, UNEP Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific. “As Cambodia’s demand for cooling grows, it has an important opportunity to adopt a new pathway on cooling, showing the possibility and potential of a system-wide approach to cooling that is equitable, efficient, and climate-friendly.”

With a hot and humid climate, demand for space cooling in Cambodia is set to double in the next 20 years. It already accounts for 45 per cent of electricity use nationally. Cambodia’s National Cooling Action Plan is, therefore, an important way to reduce the climate and economic impacts of increased demand for cooling.

Group photo of participants in the Launch of Cambodia’s National Cooling Action Plan

“Cambodia is demonstrating her willingness to be a leader in delivering sustainable cooling with the development of a National Cooling Action Plan to help realize her Nationally Determined Contribution and Long-term Strategy for Carbon Neutrality of building a sustainable, green, clean and low-carbon economy,” said H.E. Say Samal, Minister of Environment, the Royal Government of Cambodia. “I invite Cambodian ministries and relevant stakeholders to join forces to implement this plan as laying the ground for climate-friendly cooling in Cambodia requires strong collaboration.” he added.

Cambodia’s National Cooling Action Plan provides recommendations to guide policymakers and partners to focus and collaborate on strategic actions to deliver sustainable cooling. It focuses on five areas: Building Space Cooling, Food Cold Chain, Health-care Cold Chain, Mobile Air Conditioning, and Process Cooling.

 “It is critical that the country mitigates rising cooling-related energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions while protecting the resilience of its energy systems, said Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of the ESCAP and Under-Secretary-General to the United Nations,

The plan is the outcome of national consultations with experts, and technical support from the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy and Sustainable Energy for All. The Danish International Development Agency and the Energy Foundation China provided financial support.

Cambodia’s National Cooling Action Plan was officially launched by the Cambodian Environment Deputy Minister and the Department of Climate Change, the General Directorate of Environmental Protection (EPA) of the Ministry of Environment, and the National Council for Sustainable Development.

In the run-up to COP 28,  which will take place from 30 November to 12 December in the United Arab Emirates in Dubai, it is crucial to drive global action on sustainable cooling in order to meet the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global warming well below 2°C.

 

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About the Ministry of Environment Cambodia

The Ministry of Environment (MoE) is the key agency responsible for environmental protection and natural resources conservation. The MoE hosts the Department of Climate Change (DCC) of the General Directorate of Policy and Strategy and the General Directorate of Environmental Protection (EPA) of the Ministry of Environment.

About the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the most inclusive intergovernmental platform in the Asia-Pacific region. The Commission promotes cooperation among its 53 member States and 9 associate members in pursuit of solutions to sustainable development challenges. ESCAP is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations

About the UN Environment Programme

The UN Environment Programme is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

 

For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact:

Kavita Sukanandan, Public Information Officer, ESCAP ([email protected]

David Cole, Regional Information Officer, UNEP ROAP ([email protected])

Sophie Loran, Communications Officer, UNEP ([email protected])

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Promoting and upscaling digital solutions for enhancing women enterprise growth and resilience

Submitted by SSUPHUTT on Fri, 03/03/2023 - 17:28
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Through the Women Enterprise Recovery Fund, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has supported innovative business models and digital solutions that address the challenges faced by women-owned businesses in South and South-East Asia and the Pacific. ESCAP is launching the Women Entrepreneur Growth Fund in Mongolia in partnership with for the first time, with the International Women's Federation of Commerce and Industry in Mongolia (IWFCI Mongolia) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia.

 

To date, ESCAP Challenge Funds for women entrepreneurs have provided grants to promote the development of digital and innovative projects and solutions aimed at women-owned businesses in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Nepal, Samoa and Vietnam that have suffered significantly from the economic shocks related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“It is clear that women entrepreneurs are a driving force for post-pandemic recovery. That is why ESCAP – over the past few years – has been implementing our Catalyzing Women’s Entrepreneurship programme, which – to date – has directly supported over 100,000 women entrepreneurs and has unlocked over 60 million dollars of capital for women entrepreneurs,” said Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP.

 

IWFCI Mongolia has been chosen as a National Focal Point to implement the program and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been one of the supporting pillars for the implementation process.

 

Proposed solutions under the fund must target women's businesses in order to aid in their recovery, growth and resilience. The winners of the fund, businesses who provided the best digital solutions within the program's criteria, will be awarded grants of up to US$10,000. Grant amounts for each project may differ depending on the type of the digital solution, the size of the project, and the required amount of investment.

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  • AgriTech
  • Supply chain financing
  • Investability
  • Insurtech
  • Digital tools for Women MSMEs
  • Digital/Financial Literacy
  • And others

Also present at the launch were Battushig Zanabazar, Deputy Director General, Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, and Baigali Ochkhuu, President of IWFCI Mongolia.

 

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United Nations ESCAP partners with the Global Green Growth Institute and the Securities and Exchange Regulator of Cambodia to expand Cambodia’s green and sustainable bond market

Submitted by SSUPHUTT on Thu, 23/02/2023 - 12:32
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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), together with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and the Securities and Exchange Regulator of Cambodia (SERC), signed a Memorandum of Agreement today to accelerate financing towards green, sustainable and net-zero projects in Cambodia.  As part of this partnership, the Cambodia Sustainable Bond Accelerator: Empowering Issuers through Technical Assistance programme was also launched, in collaboration with Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility (CGIF) and GuarantCo part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group.

Cambodia’s financing needs to address climate change impacts and meet Cambodia’s nationally determined contributions (NDC) are substantial. Without climate adaptation and mitigation investment, it is estimated that the impact of climate change could cost Cambodia 1 percent of GDP per year for the next decade and could potentially wipe out all economic gains by 2050. According to the latest NDCs, Cambodia’s climate mitigation and adaptation plans would require total funding of roughly $7.8 billion. Innovative financing instruments such as green and sustainable bonds have a strong potential to close this financing gap by driving institutional and private capital to prioritize the sustainability agenda.

“Green, sustainability and sustainability-linked bonds have demonstrated to be transformative investment vehicles to channel financing towards green and sustainable initiatives,” said Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP. “Through our partnership with SERC and GGGI we are proud to be working to accelerate financing towards climate adaptation and mitigation initiatives in Cambodia. We are also pleased that the initiative has generated collaboration and support from the CGIF and GuarantCo as key collaborators.”

The programme will support Cambodian companies planning to issue green, sustainability and sustainability-linked bonds through addressing the challenges faced by bond issuers by enhancing issuers’ abilities to meet international thematic and sustainability-linked bond standards and by lowering the cost of issuance. Over the course of this year, the initiative will select up to four companies, which will receive technical advice and capacity building on the green bond issuance preparation, and investment support for roadshows, connecting to investors, and credit enhancement where feasible.

“Acknowledging the urgent need to combat climate change, SERC has taken serious action to support sustainable development through promoting the issuance of green, sustainability, and sustainability-linked bonds, and has been working closely with development partners to do so. I strongly believe that through this cooperation with ESCAP and GGGI, with the support of the CGIF and GuarantCo, we will be able to achieve our goal and bring Cambodia’s capital market to another level by promoting sustainable development. Fighting climate change is the responsibility of us all, so please join us in issuing and investing in green, sustainability and sustainability-linked bonds in Cambodia,” said Sou Socheat, Director General of the Securities and Exchange Regulator of Cambodia.

"This collaborative initiative represents a significant commitment to support the issuance of green and sustainability bonds in Cambodia. GGGI is honored to support the Royal Government of Cambodia in maturing the thematic bond market through private sector participation and enhancing the country’s sustainable finance in the pursuit of a greener economy,” said Frank Rijsberman, Director-General of GGGI.

The Cambodia Sustainable Bond Accelerator initiative builds on the ESCAP, GGGI and SERC partnership, which aims to accelerate the development of Cambodia’s green and sustainable bond market and associated policies, tools and mechanisms to facilitate financing towards climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives. Through a series of targeted measures focusing on both issuance and post-issuance processes, the partnership will contribute to enhancing the ability and interest of issuers in Cambodia to move from traditional bond issuance to green, sustainability and sustainability-linked issuance, and ultimately expand climate-related investments in Cambodia.

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Innovate, educate, empower: Regional consultation explores policy solutions to advance gender equality in the digital age

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Women and girls continue to be held back by persistent discrimination and outdated stereotypes, yet the digital revolution has substantial potential to generate great socio-economic benefits and contribute towards advancing gender equality in many ways.

The Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on the 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67), held from 8 to 9 February in Bangkok, focused on identifying and addressing these challenges, with the aim of fostering a more secure, inclusive and equitable digital sphere.

In the Asia-Pacific region a majority of women and girls continue to lack connectivity and basic digital literacy. Prevalent online gender-based violence, barriers to enter STEM-related industries, persistent gender norms and stereotypes such as “science is for boys,” as well as a severe lack of policy support to increase digital inclusion are further disempowering women and girls in this digital age.

“We must achieve meaningful and universal connectivity to narrow the gender digital divide and fulfill the commitment of leaving no one offline,” said Cai Cai, Officer-in-Charge of the Social Development Division at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), further emphasizing the widening gender digital gap in the region.

Participants from diverse backgrounds exchanged experiences, knowledge and good practices under the CSW67 priority theme “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.”

While noting the challenges, they also shared abundant positive examples such as how e-commerce platforms are bringing women entrepreneurs and retailers new business opportunities, enabling them to enter traditionally male-dominated sectors all the while giving them flexibility to balance care responsibilities and paid work. Digital financial services are helping women avoid long journeys to banks and potentially increasing their access to financial services. Meanwhile, digital communication tools and channels are facilitating feminist collective actions and movements through the spread of information.

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Sarah Knibbs, Regional Director a.i. of the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, stressed that “CSW67 provides a unique opportunity to advance a human-centered approach to digitalization, with feminist principles of inclusion, intersectionality and systemic change at the core.”

The two-day regional consultation resulted in a set of policy recommendations and actions, which includes:

  • Strengthening multilateral cooperation, including at regional and sub-regional levels, in the development of inclusive digital technologies to advance universally, sustainable, meaningful, enriching, productive and empowering online experiences for women and girls.
  • Enhancing meaningful connectivity that is safe, accessible and affordable for all.
  • Including gender equality in the development of new technologies.
  • Addressing and redressing the digital divide through monitoring and improving digital literacy.
  • Taking steps to involve more women and girls in science and technology fields.
  • Boosting gender equality in the labour force through digital inclusion.
  • Enhancing social protection policies to support the most vulnerable and provide them with digital financial support.
  • Supporting inclusive digital development and innovation.
  • Addressing online and technology-facilitated gender-based violence and its consequences.
  • Ensuring effective implementation of legislation and policies to respond to and prevent online and technology-facilitated gender-based violence.

The forum was jointly organized by ESCAP and UN Women, in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Recommendations from this regional session will contribute towards the deliberations of CSW67 that will take place from 6 to 17 March 2023 in New York.

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ESCAP and IsDB sign MoU with Joint Action Plan to enhance strategic partnership and support to member countries in Asia

Submitted by SSUPHUTT on Wed, 08/02/2023 - 10:46
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The Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, and Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Vice President (Finance), Zamir Iqbal, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Joint Action Plan to enhance the strategic partnership between the two institutions and to provide adequate support to member countries in Asia and the Pacific region. 

The new comprehensive MoU with Joint Action Plan will facilitate sustainable transport connectivity and trade through digitalization; road safety awareness, knowledge sharing, and capacity building; low-carbon, climate change resilient development; science, technology, and innovation policy support and capacity building, including using space applications and GIS for decision making. It will also enhance the SDG implementation in cities, including urban sector policies; ICT, digital connectivity, technology applications, data management, and transformation; energy transition and cross-border power systems connectivity, including green and smart grids; leaving no one behind with a focus on women’s entrepreneurship; south-south and triangular cooperation; and economic research and statistical capacity development.

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Speaking at the signing ceremony at the IsDB Headquarters, ESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana said she was pleased to be in Jeddah to physically sign the Memorandum of Understanding with a Joint Action Plan that will improve the standard of living of vulnerable communities and common member countries of both institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. She highlighted that the renewal of the MOU and its expanded scope of work brings hope that we can manage to move forward together, in spite of the multiple risks facing the region.

IsDB Vice President Zamir Iqbal expressed satisfaction on the preexisting cooperation between the two organizations. He said ‘’the two institutions have undertaken substantial work to provide platforms for sharing technical know-how and expertise to solve development challenges.’’

Ms. Alisjahbana also delivered a lecture entitled: “Regaining Momentum in Asia-Pacific SDG Implementation” to IsDB staff members. In her presentation, she emphasized how ESCAP is catalyzing sustainable development efforts by supporting countries in preparing for future crises, accelerating decarbonization of the economy, strengthening resilient connectivity and aligning public and private finance.

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COP15 Statement of the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions

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We, the Executive Secretaries of the regional commissions, at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (part two),

Recognizing the essential role and critical importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services, including in underpinning the fight against poverty, supporting inclusive sustainable economic growth, furthering "green" and "blue" economies, ensuring food security and food sovereignty, and supporting implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,

Expressing concern about the multiple global crises that have arisen due to the impacts of biodiversity loss, climate change, pollution, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, conflicts and wars, among other things, on human well-being, peace, health, the environment and development,

Expressing concern also about the gap in efforts to address the loss of nature due to multiple drivers of change, and highlighting the need for transformative changes in our societies, economies and institutions,

  1. Welcome the development of, and invite Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to adopt, the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, as well as the complementary strategies for resource mobilization, biodiversity mainstreaming, capacity-building and gender, as well as assessment and monitoring;
  2. Convinced that progress on enhancing biodiversity for sustainable development will require work that builds on complementary capacities from across the United Nations system of global entities and regional commissions to unlock additional and new resources and partnerships for biodiversity;
  3. Reaffirm the importance of enhancing at all levels, including the regional level, cooperation and synergies, coherence and coordination in the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and other multilateral environmental agreements, including biodiversity-related instruments such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention to Combat Desertification and the Paris Agreement, as well as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, for much-needed integration and efficiency in implementing the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework;
  4. Note that the regional level is a vital bridge to the global and national levels, and provides a platform to engage on the management of the global environmental commons, using regional mechanisms and forums, including the regional forums for sustainable development and the regional environmental ministers meetings, which can provide opportunities to: discuss -reflecting on differing regional approaches and recalling existing commitments - joint actions on biodiversity loss, including the design of, follow-up to and monitoring of regional plans and global agreements; and, leverage conditions for coordination and coherence with social, economic and financial sectors for development agendas;
  5. Reaffirm the Secretary-General's Call to Action for Human Rights and its focus on the rights of future generations, climate justice and the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment;
  6. Declare our determination to deliver on our commitments to the implementation of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and other biodiversity-related agreements, as key instruments for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals, the mainstreaming of biodiversity in policies, programmes and operations, and the creation of opportunities for collective action for nature;
  7. Commit to the:
  • Promotion of the mainstreaming of biodiversity, and to the fostering of transformative changes in our societies, economies and institutions;
  • Promotion of the development of human rights-based legal, institutional and policy frameworks regulating and securing the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, encompassing the protection of biodiversity through the collection and analysis of relevant data on biodiversity, and facilitating access to said data as a strategic condition for engagement with society to support behavioural changes, including through strengthening environmental justice and facilitating effective public access to information;
  • Fostering of collaboration and dialogues within and between regions and coordination with relevant conventions, United Nations organizations, other stakeholders and processes in order to address biodiversity-related challenges;
  • Strengthening of knowledge-sharing and exchange on biodiversity, including through the regional forums on sustainable development, to increase the visibility of biodiversity issues while drawing on and informing regional and global level United Nations collaboration and processes;
  • Strengthening of the capacity of States Members of the United Nations to mobilize investments, including through enhancing access to bilateral and multilateral financing and promoting innovative financing mechanisms such as carbon credits,"green" and "blue" bonds and debt swaps for biodiversity and sustainable development for the purpose of implementing related programmes and other interventions;
  • Identification of opportunities for internal policy alignment and coherence.

Signed on 15 December 2022, during the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (part two) (Montreal, Canada, 7-19 December 2022)

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