Asia-Pacific governments adopted a draft road map for regional cooperation on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The road map, adopted during the 2017 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), includes priority areas, implementation arrangements, and a process to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The road map builds on discussions at the 2015 and 2016 sessions of the APFSD, and it will be considered for endorsement by the 73rd session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in May 2017. The road map aims to: facilitate regional-level cooperation, with a focus on the SDGs’ means of implementation (MOI) and the themes of social development, disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change, management of natural resources, connectivity and energy; emphasize implementation by developing countries, the least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), small island developing States (SIDS) and other countries with “special needs;” enhance women’s leadership and decision-making; and emphasize the need to underpin sustainable development with peaceful and inclusive societies, equality and good governance. ESCAP will support the road map’s implementation.