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15 February 2024, 11:00 - 12:00 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand and Online via Zoom, Bangkok, Thailand
Launch of the SDG Progress Report 2024

The report launch event was held on Thursday, 15 February 2024, from 11:00 to 12:00 hours (Bangkok time, UTC+7), at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (FCCT), Bangkok and Online via Zoom.

SDG Report 2024
  • Blog: Urgent action needed so no one in Asia and the Pacific is left behind
  • UN NEWS: Asia-Pacific off track on path to SDGs, UN data shows (English | Chinese)

Key speakers:

  • Lin Yang, Deputy Executive Secretary for Programme, Office of the Executive Secretary, ESCAP
  • Rachael Beaven, Director, Statistics Division, ESCAP


  • Mitch Hsieh, Chief of Communications and Knowledge Management, ESCAP

Key messages

  • As of 2024, how has the Asia-Pacific region progressed for each of the 17 SDGs?
  • How does sex, age, and income influence the chances of being left behind?
  • Are there examples of evidence-based actions taken to achieve the SDGs?


Lin Yang
Lin Yang
Deputy Executive Secretary for Programme, Office of the Executive Secretary, ESCAP
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Rachael Beaven
Rachael Beaven
Director, Statistics Division, ESCAP
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Ms Rachael Beaven has over thirty years of experience in government statistics, in particular data preparation and analysis.  She has also worked extensively with governments, multilateral agencies and the statistical community, most notably through the United Nations Statistics Division, ECA, ESCAP, World Bank and Paris21.

Ms. Beaven has provided a wide range of technical support, from improving economic and financial statistics to estimating local population using geospatial data.  She is one of the founders of the Inclusive Data Charter, launched at the 2018 High-Level Political Forum, to mobilize political commitments and to advance inclusive and disaggregated data.  Ms. Beaven also led a programme on monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals with United Nations Statistics Division and established a data science hub with the Office for National Statistics of the United Kingdom to explore use of data science, in particular geospatial as well as big data, to monitor progress.

Ms. Beaven holds Master’s degrees in Statistical Applications in Business and Government as well as Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Geology.


Mitchell Hsieh
Mitchell Hsieh
Chief, Communications and Knowledge Management Section, ESCAP
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Statistics Division +66 2288 1234 [email protected]
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