On March 27, the 10th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development under the auspices of the UNESCAP was opened in Bangkok. As part of the Forum, the Eurasian Economic Commission organized a special session dedicated to the role of the Eurasian Economic Union and partnering international organizations in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the EEC Board, sent his greetings to the Forum participants. During the ministerial segment those greetings were extended by Vladimir Kovalev, adviser to the Board Head.
"In close coordination with the Union Member States, the Eurasian Economic Commission is ready to strengthen our strategic partnership with regional and sub-regional organizations to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and assert the principle of multipolar world order," was noted in the speech.
The keynote of the discussion held at the special EEC session was the interconnection between integration efforts at the regional level and effective achievement of the SDGs.
"The Treaty on the EAEU and the fundamental documents constituting the Law of the Union are in tune with the economic goals of the 2030 UN Agenda, while effective accomplishment of integration objectives in the EAEU that are in particular stipulated in the EAEU Strategy until 2025 ensure progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals," stressed Goar Barseghyan, the session moderator and Director of the EEC Integration Development Department.
The Commission's SDG practices and plans to implement the 2030 UN Agenda in the EAEU were shared by Vladimir Kovalev and Natalya Ignatova, Deputy Director of the EEC Statistics Department.
The EEC session heard speeches from Sohail Khan, SCO Deputy Secretary General; Nikolay Pomoshchnikov, Officer-in-Charge of the ESCAP Subregional Office for North and Central Asia; Miguel Musngi, Assistant Director of a field-specific ASEAN Secretariat division; and Ugur Turan, CICA representative.
Oleg Shamanov, Russia's deputy permanent representative at the ESCAP, addressed the session attendees with welcoming remarks on behalf of the Russian Federation chairing the Union's governing bodies in 2023.
The UNESCAP also served as a platform for a meeting between the EEC delegation and Sohail Khan, SCO Deputy Secretary General. The parties discussed practical implementation of the agreements reached during the meeting between Chairman of the EEC Board and SCO Secretary General that took place in Moscow on March 17. Of note was mutual interest in implementing specific projects aimed at achieving economic cohesion of the Eurasian region.
The 10th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development under the auspices of the UNESCAP was attended by numerous national delegations including Russia, Kazakhstan, China, India, Vietnam, Pakistan, Australia, Turkmenistan, Mongolia, Cambodia, the USA, Nepal, the Maldives, as well as delegations from the European Union, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and others.
In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution “Transforming Our World. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". The Sustainable Development Agenda includes 17 goals and 169 targets that are integrated to balance the three pillars of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.
In November 2022, the EEC Statistics Department published a compendium "Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Eurasian Economic Union Region". For the first time ever the compendium presents statistical data on the regional list of indicators for achieving SDGs in the Eurasian Economic Union for 2017-2021. The regional list comprises 130 indicators, including 63 indicators proposed for monitoring at the global level, as well as 67 indicators reflecting development priorities in the EAEU.