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This policy brief examines how to increase sustainable investments by public institutional investors in Asia and the Pacific. To leverage the largely untapped potential of pension funds and sovereign wealth funds in Asia and the Pacific, it calls for relaxing certain restrictions that govern their investment policies. Public institutional investors themselves should aim at adopting investment strategies that are more SDG-oriented. It also highlights specific policy issues for Asia-Pacific economies with development levels. Finally, national policymakers and multilateral development partners should strive for a long-overdue common definitions and reporting standards for sustainable investing.

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