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Delivered by Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

25 August 2021


Honorable Ministers, Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your meaningful engagement and unwavering support as we traverse the new risk landscape of the region.

Regional cooperation is as needed today as it was seventy-five years ago. In this spirit of multilateralism, the Commission has selected for its 75th anniversary next year, the theme of “A Common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”.

Your valuable policy insights and suggestions at this regional conversation will substantially contribute to our “Common Agenda.”   

Today, you highlighted opportunities and outlined urgent policy actions needed to overcome the challenges of systemic risk unleashed by the occurrence of disasters amidst unrelenting climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. You also outlined strategies to capitalize on existing global, regional and subregional cooperation mechanisms, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, to scale up multi-hazard and multisectoral preparedness systems for future cascading disaster risks.

As ESCAP approaches its 75th landmark milestone, it is poised to take concrete actions on shaping the future of regional cooperation to advance the 2030 Agenda and deliver on the Common Agenda set out by member States at the 75th United Nations General Assembly.

I thank you for your contributions to this process. 


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