Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies in Asia and the Pacific

Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies in Asia and the Pacific addresses the theme of the 5th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development and the 2018 session of the high-level political forum on sustainable development and supports national and regional implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This report takes stock of the changing nature of increasingly complex risks in Asia and the Pacific, and the stresses, shocks that are affecting a diverse region’s prospects for achieving the SDGs. It highlights the effects of selected natural hazards, commodity shocks and pollution shocks on the region’s fundamental human systems and describes efforts being made by citizens, civil society, government and the private sector to build resilience capacities. It urges attention on the need to strengthen our ability to transform our societies through converting risks into opportunities if we are to achieve the SDGs.

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Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Goals Outlook Report

The Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Goals Outlook report examines each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and describes the outlook for achieving each one in the Asia-Pacific region at the outset of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It singles out “bright spots” and “hot spots”, provides insights about each goal and points to emerging issues. It aims to develop a shared understanding of the opportunities and challenges that governments will confront as they work to develop appropriate responses to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It is the first knowledge product under the SDG partnership between the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Aligning with the complexity of the SDGs, its preparation involved a multiple-disciplinary team of more than 100 experts, drawn mainly from the partner agencies, with contributions from various United Nations agencies.

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Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing Asia-Pacific

Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing Asia-Pacific is the thematic report of the Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership for 2017. Addressing the theme of the 2017 session of the high-level political forum on sustainable development, it supports regional and global dialogue on sustainable development – as well as national and regional implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a new framework that allows us to approach poverty and prosperity more holistically. This holistic understanding should inform national implementation planning efforts and regional cooperation initiatives. With its focus on “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”, this report emphasizes how policy coherence is critical and how a multidimensional understanding of poverty and prosperity is foundational to that coherence. It also offers insights into how policy coherence through the SDGs can create opportunities for making progress on the subset of goals that are the focus of the 2017 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

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SDG Data Portal

The SDG Data Portal provides a regional perspective on current status and progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed upon under the 2030 United Nations sustainable development agenda. Covering the 58 regional member states of ESCAP, the data portal includes all SDG indicators from the globally agreed SDG indicator framework for which data source could be identified.

A number of supplementary indicators and data series have also been included in the data portal. These are indicators for which data from the designated custodian agency are not yet available (for example disaster-related indicators) or official indicators with alternative ways in presenting the data (for example additional series on change per annum or population affected). Supplementary data series are identified with the notation (+) appended to the name of the series.

The underlying statistical database of the SDG data portal is a subset of the wider ESCAP Statistical Database. As such, the data portal is updated regularly from data compiled and maintained by ESCAP Statistics Division.

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