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Recalibrating Growth for Development Across Asia

Date & Time

Dec. 4, 2023
2:00pm – 3:30pm ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


Balancing environmental sustainability and promoting economic growth and good jobs will not be optional for Asia’s future growth. In fact, prospects for heightened human insecurity, unmet aspirations, and a more turbulent future at large is what governments across Asia must be prepared for, according to the latest report on human development by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The UN agency argues that to chart a new course, governments need to be able to anticipate potential challenges, adapt to new information or shifting priorities, and respond to new data or events with agility. Each country will arrive at its own strategies tailored to national and local circumstances, but the secret to success going forward will lie in the combination of the ingredients. 

The Asia Program hosted a conversation with Kanni Wignaraja, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, in order to address what growth model the Asia and Pacific region should pursue to achieve quality economic development.


A photo of Kanni Wignaraja

Kanni Wignaraja

UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific
A photo of Homi Kharas

Homi Kharas

Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings Institution
A photo of Shahid Yusuf

Shahid Yusuf

Chief Economist, The Growth Dialogue at the George Washington University School of Business

Hosted By

Indo-Pacific Program

The Indo-Pacific Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on US interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

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