Sustainable development Posted on August 4, 2020 (September 4, 2020) by Years2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 FuturArc Webinar Series Survey FAQ 30-day free access to FuturArc App CategoriesMain Feature City Profile Showcase Commentary Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020 Sustainable development August 4, 2020 Not only is there a twin health and economic crisis, but the long-standing international order has been weakened at the very time we need it to underpin our response to climate change and ease rising geo-political tensions. We need to reimagine how to strengthen cooperation between governments, businesses and our communities in Asia-Pacific, to build back as a stronger, smarter and anti-fragile region. When the immediate health crisis of COVID-19 passes, we must find a new way to work together as a region and contribute to global solutions, putting no nation first and no nation last. We need pragmatic solutions to these challenges, to keep what works and to address what won’t be sustainable in the context of the new normal. It is in our immediate and long-term interest to re-examine our old business models driven by profit lines and without internalisation of social and environmental responsibilities. In building back better, we must ensure our economies become more efficient at protecting the environment and strengthening communities. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an integrated vision of what we must do. Our national development plans need to provide the road maps for how. We can succeed if we harness the collective leadership of governments, businesses and civil society. This is not just about doing the right thing, it is about survival. If we do not act, climate change could become an existential threat to the next generation. Investing in more efficient and sustainable infrastructure and the new industries that will ensure Asia’s future prosperity will require a massive amount of finance. Rebuilding after the COVID-19 crisis offers us an opportunity to embed more sustainable and inclusive solutions as we go forward, as outlined in ESCAP’s Framework. Click hereClick hereClick here This is about much more than just shifting towards renewable energy or more efficient consumption, as important as they are. We also need to realign the trading and investment systems, build better food supply chains and smartly design cities, transport and logistics, taking much more advantage of new technologies and ensuring the benefits reach everyone. Asia, it’s our century and the cooperation must be our choice. Above article is an excerpt from The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations. Click here to view the full article. To read the complete article, get your hardcopy at our online shop/newsstands/major bookstores; subscribe to FuturArc or download the FuturArc App to read the issues. Previously Published Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2021 A look back at 2021: Meeting Green targets; projects that make the most of what exists; and ideas taking shape Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature2021 A look back at 2021: Meeting Green targets; projects that make the most of what exists; and ideas taking shape Commentary / 4th Quarter 2021 A Singapore Perspective: Carbon Goals for the Built Environment Commentary4th Quarter 2021 A Singapore Perspective: Carbon Goals for the Built Environment Commentary / 4th Quarter 2021 Reaching Carbon Neutrality in Hong Kong: A model for high-rise, high-density sub-tropical built environments Commentary4th Quarter 2021 Reaching Carbon Neutrality in Hong Kong: A model for high-rise, high-density sub-tropical built environments Commentary / 4th Quarter 2021 A Case Study from China: Low-carbon building innovations are changing future architecture Commentary4th Quarter 2021 A Case Study from China: Low-carbon building innovations are changing future architecture Commentary / 4th Quarter 2021 Brazil’s Favelas: A model for Green architecture and sustainable living Commentary4th Quarter 2021 Brazil’s Favelas: A model for Green architecture and sustainable living Commentary / 3rd Quarter 2021 Greening Asia’s City Streets: Why All Cities Should Prioritise Green Walking Commentary3rd Quarter 2021 Greening Asia’s City Streets: Why All Cities Should Prioritise Green Walking Contact us at https://www.futurarc.com/contact-us for older commentaries.