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SDG implementation progress: What does the Asian experience reveal?

The rich experiences gained from the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in diverse country contexts, and within various regional and subregional dynamics, can enable essential insights to be drawn from cross-country experiences.

The present study looks at the process, prospects and challenges of SDG implementation in Asia. The study attempts to capture the salient features concerning SDG implementation in the region to track progress, identify challenges and learning from cross-country experiences. In undertaking this exercise, the study examines various initiatives at regional and sub-regional levels. The study concludes that as a region, Asia and the Pacific may not attain any of the 17 SDGs by 2030. Indeed, the region is on track to achieve only 22 SDG indicators (out of the 232). The overwhelming majority of countries in Asia have attempted to align their respective national development plans and policies with the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda, and they have taken concrete steps to set up national institutional frameworks to implement the SDGs. However, the region is facing challenges adapting the SDGs at the local level and ensuring a disaggregated and inclusive implementation. Mobilising the needed additional financial resources is proving to be a most challenging task. The study draws attention to initiatives that could leverage SDG implementation in Asia. The study emphasises the importance of drawing lessons from cross subregional and cross-country experiences for SDG implementation in the region.

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