Gathering together at the top UN intergovernmental body in Asia and the Pacific on Thursday, countries of the vast region of more than four billion people, urged greater measures that reinforce global solidarity in ending the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the Asia-Pacific region has made “spectacular success” over the years, the region must “vastly accelerate” efforts if it is to meet the sustainable development agenda by 2030. Deputy Executive Secretary for Sustainable Development at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Kaveh Zahedi, spoke with UN News’ Vibhu Mishra.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is supporting a campaign to vaccinate every child and young person in Fiji against meningococcal disease, the illness which causes meningitis, or inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
Notwithstanding the challenges faced by countries in Asia and Pacific, the region has witnessed economic and social achievements beyond expectations over the past 70 years, according to the head of the United Nations body assisting with development efforts.
As cross border trading in the Asia and the Pacific region grows, laws need to be put into place to give businesses in developing countries better access to justice, for services such as international commercial arbitration.