The ESCAP/ADB/UNDP Asia Pacific SDG Partnership, building on the long standing work of the regional partnership on MDGs since 2001, has now moved into a new direction to address the breadth and complexity of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 sustainable development goals. Recognizing that the 2030 Agenda is diverse and needing more reflection and consultation, the Partnership has committed to producing a suite of knowledge products that can meet the needs of different users. At the same time, the inputs and the process of producing the reports reflect the spirit of the SDGs and the importance attached to broad stakeholder engagement, inclusiveness, participation and the emphasis on follow-up and review. To reinforce the dissemination and outreach component of the Partnership, the themes of annual reports have been aligned with the High Level Political Forum cycle of themes.
ESCAP, ADB and UNDP have been working together since 2001 to provide a platform for the millennium development goals and now the sustainable development goals. The MDG reports produced by the Partnership during the initial stages supported benchmarking on MDG achievements in the Asia‐Pacific region whilst in the later stages of the partnership, the focus was on the production of regional MDG reports in order to maintain momentum and provide deeper insights. National capacities were also strengthen. Engagement at regional and sub‐regional levels provided opportunities to share lessons learned and best practices and in this way inform the formulation of policies and concrete actions.