Fostering sustainable socioeconomic transformation in Asia and the Pacific
ESCAP’s work on social development is driven by the call of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to “leave no-one behind”. Asia and the Pacific’s impressive economic growth and remarkable achievements in poverty reduction have not succeeded in closing gaps in income between the rich and poor, nor unequal access to basic services, including education and health care. These gaps disproportionately affect women and the most vulnerable members of society. They also hamper inclusive growth, stymie social cohesion, and contribute to unsustainable production and consumption patterns. In short, these social development gaps undermine efforts to achieving the 2030 Agenda.
The Social Development Division presents evidence-based policy analysis on poverty and inequality reduction, promotes social protection and decent job creation, fosters gender equality and women’s empowerment, and aims to strengthen social inclusion of persons with disabilities, older persons, youth and migrant workers, among other vulnerable groups.
Specifically, ESCAP provides the following services with a view to advancing social development in Asia and the Pacific:
1. Policy analysis and advisory services on inclusive development
- - Analytical work on people-centered development in Asia and the Pacific
- - Regional sharing of good practices on social development
- - Demand driven technical advisory services to support the implementation of the SDGs
2. Capacity development programmes on social policy
- - Policy toolkits on social protection and youth policy
- - Tailored capacity building programmes on gender-responsive budgeting, social protection including income security for older persons, and social inclusion
3. Normative work on building inclusive societies
- - Development of regional norms and standards for social inclusion
- - Regional follow-up and reviews of progress in implementing internationally agreed social development goals