The 2021 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (Survey 2021) indicated that slow regional progress in implementing the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, has been exacerbated by shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic. While governments in the Pacific region have developed a broad range of policy responses, opportunities remain to use policies to strengthen resilience over the medium-term.
To this end, the Survey 2021 highlighted that countries should better align the COVID-19 recovery packages with the 2030 Agenda and respective national development plans. The Survey 2021 proposes “building forward better” policies, which have several dimensions, covering social services, digital access, and green development. The Survey 2021 also iterated the need for appropriate policy options with respect to country context, and the consequent need to tailor responses.
The policy dialogue aims to inform stakeholders of the key messages contained in the Survey 2021, for Pacific economies to build more resilient and sustainable economies.