Sustainable developmentPosted on August 4, 2020 (September 4, 2020) by Years20202019201820172016FuturArc Webinar Series SurveySign up for e-newsletterCategoriesMain FeatureCity ProfileShowcaseCommentaryCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Sustainable developmentNot 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 hereThis 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 for free!Previously Published Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020COVID-19: Cities in the frontline of response and recoveryCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020COVID-19: Cities in the frontline of response and recovery Main Feature, Online Exclusive Feature / The biophilic office: Reconnecting nature to the workforceMain Feature, Online Exclusive FeatureThe biophilic office: Reconnecting nature to the workforce Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020‘Bold and creative’ solutions needed for a sustainable, post-pandemic economyCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020‘Bold and creative’ solutions needed for a sustainable, post-pandemic economy Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Principles for recovery: Sustainable and resilient infrastructureCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020Principles for recovery: Sustainable and resilient infrastructure Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Creating robust urban ecosystems in post-COVID-19 IndiaCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020Creating robust urban ecosystems in post-COVID-19 India Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Part II: Modular Integrated Construction for sustainable futureCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020Part II: Modular Integrated Construction for sustainable future Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020COVID-19 & architecture: the importance of designing for occupant wellnessCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020COVID-19 & architecture: the importance of designing for occupant wellness Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Applying the hard lessons of coronavirus to the biodiversity crisisCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020Applying the hard lessons of coronavirus to the biodiversity crisis Contact us at https://www.futurarc.com/contact-us for older commentaries.