South and South-West Asia Development Report 2016: Achieving the Sustainable Goals in South Asia: Key Policy Priorities and Implementation Challenges

South and South-West Asia Development Report 2016: Achieving the Sustainable Goals in South Asia: Key Policy Priorities and Implementation Challenges

 
Date: 
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Abstract

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015 represents a critical milestone for development through people, planet and prosperity. The 2030 Agenda, which comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offers a transformative pathway to eradicate poverty and hunger and provide a life of dignity to all, while protecting the environment. It incorporates a shared vision to achieve the goals through strong means of implementation and a renewed global partnership. The SDGs are especially relevant for eight countries of South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) which, despite their dynamism and remarkable MDG achievements, account for two fifths of the world’s poor and suffer from a number of development and infrastructure gaps. Given South Asia’s share of the world’s population and South Asia’s share of the global challenge in eradicating poverty, the subregion’s sustainable development is critical as part of global efforts towards achieving the SDGs.
As a principal development partner of the subregion, UNESCAP outlines in the Report a strategic policy agenda, including seven key policy priorities for achieving the SDGs in South Asia.

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