Blogs on Sustainable Development Goals

  • Workers on a railway construction project in Azerbaijan.

    Infrastructure and safeguards

    Published on Tuesday, 06 October 2015

    As multilateral development banks gear up to fill serious gaps in infrastructure in Asia, attention also focuses on safeguards, which should be a top concern for established lenders such as the World Bank and ADB as well as new players like the AIIB.

  • The 17 SDGs present a shared world vision for the next 15 years.

    My 6 takeaways on the SDGs

    Published on Tuesday, 29 September 2015

    Presenting a shared world vision for the next 15 years, the 17 SDGs came as no surprise as the text was politically negotiated and agreed ahead of time. Here are my 6 takeaways.

  • Members of multi-purpose community cooperative during a meeting with CSOs in Manila, Philippines.

    5 things civil society and the SDGs can do for each other

    Published on Monday, 28 September 2015

    How can CSOs contribute meaningfully to the new SDGs, and how can the post-2015 agenda support civil society’s development efforts over the next 15 years? Here are 5 ways.

  • A group of children walking to a nearby river to fetch water in the Lao PDR.

    6 questions while getting ready for the SDGs

    Published on Thursday, 24 September 2015

    As world leaders gather this weekend in New York to officially adopt the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, 6 questions come to mind.

  • Girls heading to school in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

    Making sustainability work

    Published on Monday, 14 September 2015

    For a long time, sustainability was seen as an environmental issue that represented an unwelcome trade-off with strong economic growth. But now it encompasses a more mutually dependent set of environmental, economic, and social goals.

  • Of the 3,000 people employed by this ADB-supported textile factory in Turkmenistan, 95% are women.

    As SDGs loom, where do we stand now on gender equality?

    Published on Friday, 11 September 2015

    Improving the lives of women and girls was part of the MDGs when they were adopted in 2000. Since then, much progress has been made—particularly on education—but that progress has been uneven and insufficient in many countries.

  • The majority of our respondents believe the main source of funding for the SDGs should be domestic taxes.

    Blog poll: Where is the money to pay for the SDGs?

    Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015

    In our August blog poll, we asked readers what they believe to be the priority sources of funding for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set to be implemented on 1 January 2016. ADB has been getting prepared ahead of time, especially on the financing question.

  • Children living beside railway tracks in Bangladesh.

    Actions for inclusion amid rising inequality

    Published on Wednesday, 05 August 2015

    A focus on inclusion in the new SDGs is vital for Asia and the Pacific, where inequality has risen some 20% in the past two decades, and around 1.4 billion people live under $2 a day.

  • The region’s main challenge is not how to generate more domestic savings, but rather how to direct them toward sustainable development investments.

    Post-2015 #Fin4Dev: Views from Asia and the Pacific

    Published on Wednesday, 15 July 2015

    Why shouldn’t every dollar count for sustainable development? This fundamental query has been repeatedly emerging from Asia and the Pacific in the wake of the post-2015 SDGs now under discussion.

  • Children in school in Bhutan.

    MDGs, SDGs and all that: Deciphering the new development agenda

    Published on Tuesday, 14 July 2015

    In two months we will finally know the final Sustainable Development Goals. But how did we get here, and what does this framework mean for global development efforts? Let's get to know the SDGs a bit better.