UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) serves as the United Nations’ regional hub promoting cooperation among countries to achieve inclusive and sustainable development. The largest regional intergovernmental platform with 53 Member States and 9 associate members, ESCAP has emerged as a strong regional think-tank offering countries sound analytical products that shed insight into the evolving economic, social and environmental dynamics of the region.

The Commission’s strategic focus is to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is reinforced and deepened by promoting regional cooperation and integration to advance responses to shared vulnerabilities, connectivity, financial cooperation and market integration. ESCAP’s research and analysis coupled with its policy advisory services, capacity building and technical assistance to governments aims to support countries’ sustainable and inclusive development ambitions

the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) provides support to its member States in the context of the recently developed regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. ESCAP is promoting integrated water management and water efficiency approaches and provides support on leveraging impactful investments and financing for water-based economies. ESCAP also supports monitoring of SDG 6 in Asia and the Pacific as well as integrated approaches for SDG planning, with a recently developed methodological tool focusing on SDG 6 integration with other SDGs.

In addition, ESCAP regionally supports UN-Water, which coordinates the efforts of UN entities and international organizations working on water and sanitation issues globally, and is in particular committed to make the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028” a success in Asia and the Pacific.


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