The year 2023 marks the midpoint of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and their respective targets. It is also a time when countries in the Asia-Pacific region are being transformed by climate change, rapid digitalization and demographic shifts, in particular the ageing of the population. While these megatrends cannot be controlled entirely, they can be addressed through consistent, forward-looking policies that create more inclusive,equitable and just societies
In the preparation of the present document, strategic foresight was employed to gauge the impact that megatrends are likely to have on the workforce in Asia and the Pacific, both now and in the future. The workforce drives the region’s economic growth, which in turn will determine whether the region achieves the Sustainable Development Goals and their respective targets and maintains its course towards inclusive and sustainable development. The present document also contains recommendations on creating a future workforce that is healthy, productive and resilient, so that no one is left behind.