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Sustainability Advancing Slowly in Asia-Pacific

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Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2023 provides an analysis of progress on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets in the region. The report shows national achievements and effective policies to accelerate progress.

The region’s overall progress is still slow. At the midpoint towards the 2030 target year, the region should have made 50% of the progress needed to achieve the goals, yet the overall progress has reached only 14.4%.

Achieving the SDGs in the Asia-Pacific region will take several more decades. At the current pace, the Asia-Pacific region will miss 90% of the 118 measurable SDG targets by 2030. One in five SDG targets is regressing and needs a complete trend reversal, the report says.

The strongest progress in the region has been made on affordable and clean energy and industry, innovation, and infrastructure. Climate change, however, continues to regress and must be given priority to reverse negative trends, in particular in countries in developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), and small island developing states (SIDS).

The report says that targeted assistance should be provided for the lagging countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The report identifies and highlights examples of data use for progress monitoring, informed decision-making, and evidence-based initiatives in the region. Examples of national initiatives include reducing child marriages in India, increasing the rate of births attended by skilled personnel in Cambodia, Pakistan, and Timor-Leste, and improving the processing of identity documents for Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

Read the full study HERE.

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