Need for More Investments in People and the Planet Highlighted at IPS-UNESCAP Policy Dialogue
04 April 2019
While the Asia Pacific region is well-poised for economic growth, challenges remain, especially in the macroeconomic environment, IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, noted recently. She further said that Sri Lanka was under-performing in its growth outlook, compared to the region, due to its large foreign debt burden.
Dr. Weerakoon was delivering the welcome address at the Policy Dialogue on the UNESCAP Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2019, held at IPS, on 04 April 2019.
The policy dialogue saw discussions on the theme of ‘Ambitions beyond Growth’, highlighting the importance of investing in social and human development and the well-being of the planet, beyond economic growth.
IPS Research Officer, Chinthani Sooriyamudali, noted that in financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is important to recognise the priorities for each country, harness synergies, mobilise the funds in terms of public-private finance, and develop partnerships.