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Shamshad Akhtar

UN Under-Secretary-General

Shamshad Akhtar is an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). She is also the UN's Sherpa for the G20 and previously served as Governor of the Central Bank of Pakistan and Vice President of the MENA Region of the World Bank.

Shamshad Akhtar
7 May 2018

Vital cooperation

Government action must be complemented by the private sector to effectively pursue sustainable development, and facilitate public-private partnerships.

7 May 2018
Vital cooperation
9 Feb 2018

Cornerstone for peace

The Olympic Truce Resolution adopted by the UN is using a momentous occasion in international sports, to build a stronger, inclusive world.

9 Feb 2018
Cornerstone for peace
20 Sep 2017

Disaster planning

Escap and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are organising a UN event on disaster risk reduction in Asia Pacific tsunami, disaster and climate preparedness.

20 Sep 2017
Disaster planning
27 May 2017

Escap continues to build on seven decades of success

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) marks its 70th anniversary this year. This is a rare opportunity for the oldest and largest of the United Nations regional commissions to take stock of past achievements, but also to spotlight where efforts need to be concentrated to meet new challenges.

27 May 2017
4 May 2017

Anchor of stability

In a struggling world economy, the Asia-Pacific region's high and steady economic growth accounts for nearly a third of global GDP.

4 May 2017
Anchor of stability
5 Apr 2017

Global goals in sight

ESCAP remains committed to strengthening the capacity of countries, to embrace integrated strategies to confront the multidimensional facets of poverty.

5 Apr 2017
Global goals in sight
20 Feb 2017

Working for the region

Cooperation, facilitated by the intergovernmental platforms of Asean and Escap, will be critical to tackling the immense challenges of the region.

20 Feb 2017
Working for the region
30 Jan 2017

Disastrously poor policies

The increasing uncertainty of extreme weather events proves measures can and must be taken to minimise the impact of these disasters.

30 Jan 2017
Disastrously poor policies
18 Jan 2017

Sustainable energy

Escap recognises the need for regional energy cooperation and its intergovernmental Committee on Energy is meeting for the first time in Bangkok this week.

18 Jan 2017
Sustainable energy
8 Dec 2016

Journey to sustainability

Sustainability of transport calls for response to the public health dimension of transport, as road accidents are one of the leading causes of death.

8 Dec 2016
Journey to sustainability