Bruce K. Dunn
Wendy M. Walker
Around 140 civil society organization (CSO) representatives attended the discussions on draft Operational Plans to operationalize ADB’s new Strategy 2030. Approved in 2018, the new corporate strategy aims to sustain efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and expand its vision of a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific. The new corporate strategy is aligned with major global commitments and focuses on seven key operational priorities. The meeting began with an overview of each of the following operational priorities:
- addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities;
- accelerating progress in gender equality;
- tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability;
- making cities more livable;
- promoting rural development and food security;
- strengthening governance and institutional capacity;
- fostering regional cooperation and integration.
The presentations were followed by breakout discussions on the operational priorities, which were facilitated by chiefs of relevant thematic and/or sector group. The small-group sessions provided an opportunity for CSOs seek clarification and share suggestions on the draft Operational Plans for the seven operational priority areas, which will be approved in September 2019.