Building resilience to multiple shocks is one of the most urgent development challenges facing Asia and the Pacific.
Economic crises and natural disasters are more frequent, and respect no boundaries: they devastate wide areas, impact all sectors of economic activity, and endanger every community. They inflict deep and lasting damage on the poor who are least able to withstand their onslaught .
Recognising this as the increasingly serious "new normal" for Asia-Pacific, a record number of heads of state and government, senior ministers, and regional policymakers are gathering this week in Bangkok for the annual session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap).
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