Head of ESCAP calls for transformational change for a more inclusive and sustainable Asia-Pacific Future

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Noeleen Heyzer

There has been a call for a more inclusive and sustainable future.

The suggestion comes from the Head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Dr. Noeleen Heyzer.

She told the annual meeting of policymakers in the region that success in the area will require a different pattern of growth, cooperation and partnership to address the multiple risks and challenges the region is currently facing.

These, she pointed out include increasing inequality between and within countries, intense competition for natural resources, climate change, weak governance and institutions.

"The next act of the Asia Pacific drama cannot follow the same script. It has to prepare for another great transformation to sustain its dynamism. Our region is rethinking and reinvesting in itself by addressing these serious interlinked challenges and seizing emerging opportunities and synergies, turning stumbling blocks where possible, into new building blocks." (29")

Dr. Heyzer said the change towards inclusive and sustainable development will not prove easy and great transitions demand even greater collective leadership.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1'12"

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