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An Interactive Side Event on the Margins of the 2022 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 

Jul 12
New York

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Efforts to contain the pandemic have exposed—and magnified—deeply rooted vulnerabilities and inequalities in the region. There are signs of a ‘K-shaped’ recovery marked by increasing divergence in economic and social outcomes within and between countries. When environmental degradation, increasing natural hazards and accelerating climate change are added to the mix, the risks to developing countries and poor and vulnerable populations are even greater. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has further disrupted supply chains, and raised food and fuel prices. 

These compounded crises of health, climate change, energy and security pose new challenges to our efforts to achieve the SDGs, but may also create new opportunities to accelerate much needed change.  

This event will bring together a diverse panel of leaders from civil society, business, and government in Asia and the Pacific to reflect on the insights from the 2022 Asia Pacific SDG Partnership Report and consider how the SDGs can help us navigate these challenging times to ensure no one is left behind.  


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

  • Woochong Um, Managing Director General, Asian Development Bank  

  • Claire Van der Vaeren, Chief, Country Office Liaison and Coordination Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Development Program  

  • Joyashree Roy, coordinating lead author, Chapter 5, IPCC WGIII Sixth Assessment Report, Bangabandhu Chair Professor at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and Professor of Economics, Jadavpur University 

  • Beverly Postma, Executive Director, Grow Asia  

  • Moderated by: Bernard Woods, Principal Director, Department of Communications, Asian Development Bank