Blog posts

14 Feb 2020
By
Mia MikicJeong Ho YooRichard Sean LoboPedro Romao

A common saying has it that when America sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold. However, with China’s economic rise, this phrase is yet to gain another spin.

10 Feb 2020
By
Jonathan Wong

Can the tech revolution be an equaliser instead?

27 Jan 2020
By
Kyungkoo Kang

As the world’s sixth largest economic market, the ASEAN bloc has significant potential to drive growth. By 2030, the bloc aims to become the fourth-largest economy, and with the world’s third-largest labour force, opportunities for innovation and higher prosperity are emerging. There are, however, still many economic and social hurdles to overcome to ensure that economic growth is inclusive and sustainable across the subregion. Sustainable development strategies will need environmental considerations and policy options to promote resource efficiency. This is because detrimental impacts of anthropogenic activities and ever-increasing consumption and production will further contribute to worsening climate change and resource depletion, reversing gains to the region’s economies and societies.

17 Dec 2019
By
Paul TaconCiara Tollan

Every year on 18 December, we celebrate International Migrants’ Day. This is an opportunity to reflect on the stories of the millions of migrants across the region moving in search of better lives and contributing to the welfare and sustainable development of their countries of origin and destination.

10 Dec 2019
By
Omar Siddique

In 2015 and 2016, five landmark UN agreements were synchronously adopted, culminating in the New Urban Agenda in October 2016. The 7th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum convened by ESCAP and UN-Habitat in Penang, Malaysia from 15 to 17 October 2019 sought to answer what these really mean for urbanists like myself, working for cities in a multilateral institution.

9 Dec 2019
By
Kaveh ZahediVan Nguyen

“The 2030 Agenda is coming to life”, declared the Secretary General at the opening of the first SDG Summit, a quadrennial event for the follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As leaders from Asia – Pacific took the floor, they highlighted country progress of SDG implementation and reaffirmed commitment to achieve the 2030 Agenda. Statements reflected different approaches across the region. Yet all converged on one priority: accelerated actions and transformative pathways.

3 Dec 2019
By
Mia MikicJames Gregory Gallagher

Imagine going through the day without consuming or using some product, service, data, technology, personal contact, or payment which has not – at least in some part – crossed one or more national borders before reaching you. We live in a globalized world where connections across borders are no longer just between governments or businesses but increasingly person to person. Many of us would have a hard time to adjust to life without these benefits from globalization.

3 Dec 2019
By
Sandeep Raj Jain

In 1814, George Stephenson constructed the first steam locomotive that led to the Industrial Revolution. Nearly 200 years later, railways are at a critical juncture in its evolution as means of transport. As railways are environmentally friendly and energy efficient, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has provided a new window of opportunity to boost railway transport.

3 Dec 2019
By
Hongjoo HahmTientip SubhanijRui Almeida

For the first time in history, remittances are expected to become the largest source of external financing for low- and middle-income countries worldwide. Remittances are expected to reach $550 billion by 2019, well above foreign direct investment and official development assistance.

26 Nov 2019
By
Farzana Sharmin

I have always been mesmerized by ancient Egyptian civilizations. The fascination became more profound when I learned about Hatshepsut—the first female Pharaoh, who ruled Egypt 3,500 years ago. Yet, the ending of this Pharaoh story is anything but pleasant. History reveals that her tomb was demolished as an attempt to wipe her from memory. The most probable reason? Well, this Pharaoh happened to be a woman, and Pharaohs could not be female.

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