Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Goals Outlook

Publication | March 2017

Examining the SDGs goal by goal shows that governments will confront many common and fundamental challenges as they work to advance sustainable development.

This report examines each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and describes the outlook for achieving each one in the Asia-Pacific region. It singles out “bright spots” and “hot spots”, provides insights about each goal and points to emerging issues and reveals many of the common challenges that governments will confront as they work to develop appropriate responses to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It represents a preliminary but comprehensive stocktaking effort in the region to provide the best available knowledge that can help governments, regional agencies and other development actors as they forge the much-needed social and political consensus on the gaps and priorities for achieving each SDG.

With the experiences and lessons learned from the preparation of this report, the Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership (of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, ADB and the United Nations Development Programme) is emboldened to continue providing policy-relevant inputs so that the SDGs deliver for all people, especially those who are at risk of being left behind.

This report is a product of the Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership. Given the complexity of the SDGs, its preparation involved a multi-disciplinary team of more than 100 experts, drawn mainly from partner agencies, with contributions from various United Nations agencies.


  • Acknowledgements
  • Explanatory notes
  • Introduction
  • Regional Outlook on the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific
  • Conclusions
  • Endnotes

Additional Details

  • Poverty
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • 152
  • 8.25 x 11.75
  • 978-92-9257-775-9 (Print)
  • 978-92-9257-776-6 (e-ISBN)

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