Achieving SDGs In Asia-Pacific Requires Equal, Inclusive Development

Devex: Opinion: Sustainable development and equality, 2 sides of the same coin
Armida S. Alisjahbana, Indonesian minister of national development planning; Bambang Susantono, vice president for knowledge management and sustainable development at the Asian Development Bank; Haoliang Xu, assistant administrator and director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the U.N. Development Program

“…A joint report from our three organizations launched at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development focuses on [the theme of leaving no one behind], and the changes necessary to put the poorest and most vulnerable first. … [The report] is helping us translate aspirations for equality into concrete policy actions. … Additional and accelerated efforts are needed by all to strengthen climate action, gender equality, civic engagement, and domestic resource mobilization to eradicate poverty once and for all. Equal and inclusive societies are better placed to bring the world to the life-changing ‘zeros’ set out in the SDGs, including zero poverty, hunger, preventable child deaths, AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, discrimination against women and girls, and human trafficking. Now is the time to act” (3/27).