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This study examines the scope for South Asian regional cooperation to further the implementation of the SDGs in Sri Lanka. The study provides an overview of the status of the 17 SDGs in Sri Lanka and discusses the SDG implementation challenges within the national context. It identifies SDG regional cooperation priorities for Sri Lanka, particularly with regard to climate action, energy, food security, and economic growth. This is followed by a discussion on the trade, investment, transport, knowledge, and institutional connectivity in South Asia from a Sri Lankan perspective. The paper concludes that an effective and coordinated inter-regional institutional mechanism is key to the improving regional integration.

JEL Code(s): Q01, O19, O53, F55
Key words: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Inclusive growth, Regional Cooperation, Regional Integration, South Asia, Sri Lanka

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Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia +91 11 3097 3700 sswa.escap@un.org