The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has called for urgent global actions on the Covid-19 recovery to stay on course for sustainable development.
Governments and key stakeholders are to collectively deliberate upon such global actions to support recovery and building better at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2020, which opens today (Tuesday), it said in a media advisory on Tuesday.
They will also assess the pandemic’s impacts on countries’ initiatives to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The global crisis resulting from the spread of Covid-19, has had a major effect on sustainable development targets, with health systems overwhelmed, businesses shut down, and students kept out of school.
The poor and vulnerable have borne the brunt of the pandemic, and tens of millions are expected to experience extreme hunger and poverty.
In addition to bringing the outcome of regional level deliberations to the global platform, the ESCAP will hold a series of side events and other activities in collaboration with member States and various partners.
Thirteen ESCAP member countries will also present Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) at the Forum.