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ADB and the Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a universal call to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all. They form part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by 191 member states of the United Nations in September 2015. The SDGs set 169 targets for global achievement by 2030, in areas such as the protection of natural resources, climate change, disaster resilience, peace and security, equality, economic growth and decent jobs. Achieving the SDGs will require massive new international, domestic, public, and private financial support.

These are all vital issues for Asia and the Pacific. ADB supports the enhanced ambitions the SDGs embody, and is fully committed to helping to meet them. Building better, more sustainable infrastructure—an area in which ADB excels—will provide the basis for achieving the SDGs.

  • Aligning ADB strategies with the SDGs. The core tenets of ADB’s Strategy 2020 align with the SDG framework. Its corporate results framework for 2017–2020 is now expressly aligned to the SDGs.
  • Linking ADB operations to the 2030 Agenda. ADB has tracked the links between its projects and the SDGs since 2016 and is improving monitoring how the projects and programs it finances will support SDG targets.
  • Helping DMCs achieve the SDGs. ADB is engaging its DMCs on SDG implementation, and identifying new investments that will accelerate progress towards targets. This includes technical assistance and knowledge support, and creating DMC program strategies that focus on aspects of the 2030 Agenda that are most in need of ADB’s support.
  • Working in partnership.  ADB is partnering with the United Nations system, other multilateral development banks, civil society, its knowledge partners, and the private sector on the SDGs. A tripartite partnership with UNDP and UNESCAP provides a unique web-based platform to monitor progress in the region and produces research on the 2030 Agenda from a regional perspective.

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