Accelerating Progress: An Empowered, Inclusive and Equal Asia and the Pacific

Publication | March 2019

This thematic report identifies the elements necessary to advance inclusion, empowerment, and equality in the Asia and Pacific region.

These elements include (i) rights and justice, (ii) norms and institutions, (iii) resources and capabilities, and (iv) participation and voice—areas where governments, development partners, and the United Nations system can work with society more effectively. As a thematic report of the Asia–Pacific Sustainable Development Goal Partnership for 2019 that reflects on the theme of the Asia–Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, it is designed to inform regional and global dialogue on sustainable development as well as national and regional implementation of the 2030 Agenda.


  • Executive summary
  • Understanding empowerment, inclusion and equality
  • Climate action through the lens of empowerment, inclusion and equality
  • Tax, inclusion, empowerment and equality
  • Participation and voice: Empowerment and inclusion through civic engagement
  • Conclusions

Additional Details

  • Climate change
  • Strengthening policies, governance, and capacities
  • Gender Equality
  • Governance and public sector management
  • Institutional systems and political economy
  • Participation
  • Public financial management
  • Poverty
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Social development and protection
  • Participation and empowerment
  • Social protection
  • 72
  • 8.5 x 11
  • TCS190071-2
  • 978-92-9261-562-8 (print)
  • 978-92-9261-563-5 (electronic)

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