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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. ADB supports the enhanced ambitions the SDGs embody, and is fully committed to helping to meet them.

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 ambitions embodied in the SDGs embody. and is fully committed to helping to meet them. ADB operations under Strategy 2030 help member countries achieve the SDGs. 

  • Aligning ADB strategies with the SDGs. The 7 Operational Priorities of Strategy 2030 link to all 17 SDGs, and promote an integrated approach that promotes knowledge, makes use of innovative technology, and mobilizes finance for sustainable development.  
  • Linking ADB operations to the 2030 Agenda. ADB tracks the links between its projects and the SDGs, and monitors how the projects and programs it finances will support SDG targets. 
  • Helping DMCs achieve the SDGs. ADB partners with the United Nations system, other multilateral development banks, civil society, its knowledge partners, and the private sector on the SDGs. A tripartite partnershipwith 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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News Release

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Op-Ed / Opinion

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