Today I was on a panel at ECOSOC in Bangkok, speaking on how the UN can support countries to implement the global and regional agendas. There are many synergies between these, and one hopes that the aspirations so firmly expressed in the 2030 Agenda will resonate with the regional integration agendas. It’s almost an understatement to talk about regional integration in the Asia Pacific when there are big trans-regional initiatives under way – China’s Belt and Road initiative is an obvious example. The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation also spans from Russia to the Far East and South Asia.
My key points – that there must be human development benefits for all living along the big corridors for transport and connectivity; and that the action lies at the national level for mainstreaming and prioritizing global and regional agendas. UN Country Teams will always be advocates for human development. Their work must be context specific to be relevant. See my statement – link above.