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HLPF Side Event: Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals through Solutions at the Energy, Food and Finance Nexus

Jul 18
New York, Online

About the session

The confluence of the global crises in finance, food and energy, as the world recovers from a pandemic, has created a ‘perfect storm’ that has disrupted livelihoods across the world and derailed progress towards the SDGs. In Asia and the Pacific, innovation is spurring at the nexus of these systems to find solutions that can bring us back on track to achieve Agenda 2030.

This year's Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership report, by ESCAP, ADB and UNDP, serves to better understand the interconnectedness of this polycrisis on energy, food and finance systems and explore opportunities to deliver on the SDGs through new solutions and policy transformations at their nexus.

The event, co-hosted with the Government of Timor-Leste, will bring together senior representatives from the three partner organizations with a diverse panel of speakers from the region, to reflect on the insights and opportunities featured in the report.  


  • H.E. Karlito Nunes, Permanent Representative of Timor-Leste to the United Nations

  • Armida Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

  • Kanni Wignaraja, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific (RBAP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Dilhan C Fernando, CEO, Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company and Chairman, UN Global Compact Network Sri Lanka
  • Ramesh Subramaniam, Director General and Group Chief, Sectors Group, Asian Development Bank (ADB)



  • Linda Yueh, Oxford economist and author