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A virtual brainstorming meeting on “How to Make South Asia Network on the Sustainable Development Goals (SANS) More Effective and Sustainable” was convened by South and South-West Asia Office (SSWA) of UNESCAP on 4 August 2021. The objective of this dialogue was to bring together SANS members to hear their perspectives on strategies for strengthening SANS and making it a more effective and a sustainable network for achieving the 2030 Agenda in South Asia.At the beginning of the session, Mr. Adnan H. Aliani, Officer-in-Charge, UNESCAP-SSWA, New Delhi delivered the opening remarks. This was followed by an overview presentation by Dr. Rajan Sudesh Ratna, ESCAP-SSWA and a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Director, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), India. The panel included distinguished speakers - Dr. Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh; Dr. Selim Raihan, Executive Director, South Asia Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), Bangladesh; Ms. Wangmo, Senior Programme Officer, Tarayana Foundation, Bhutan; Dr. Sabyasachi Saha, Assistant Professor, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India ; Dr. Arvind Kumar, President, India Water Foundation, India ; Dr. Posh Raj Pandey, Chairman, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal ; Dr. Abid Suleri, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan ; and Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna, Research Fellow and Head of Poverty and Social Welfare Policy Research at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). The session was held on Ms Teams platform and had participation from the SANS member think tanks from South Asian countries. The programme is at Annex – I of this report. 

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