Asia-Pacific MDG Study Series

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The studies in this series have been published by ESCAP/ADB/UNDP in a joint project on MDGs in Asia and the Pacific. They look at key drivers which have propelled MDG achievements in the region, and which are likely to remain important in the region’s quest for reaching the Goals by 2015. They focus specifically on three areas where increased and sustained policy attention would be required: hunger and food security; health and basic services; and basic infrastructure. The series is a resource which policy makers, development practitioners and other stakeholders should find useful in achieving the MDGs.
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Technology, finance and statistics for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific (Asia-Pacific regional MDG report 2014/15) You do not have access to this content

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19 Feb 2015
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The end of 2015 is the target for the Millennium Development Goals. As MDGs come to a close and a post-2015 agenda takes shape, to be formulated as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this report focuses on three key issues for implementation of this new agenda: technology, finance and statistics. It argues that priority should be given to identify and disseminate the most productive technologies; the necessary investment for sustainable development should come from a diverse range of sources, including public and private, domestic and international; and supported by statistics that should serve as a launching pad for evidence-based policymaking. The report has been produced by ESCAP, ADB and UNDP and it is a result of wide consultation among policymakers, development practitioners and other stakeholders throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. Other United Nations organizations, funds and programmes participating in the Regional Coordination Mechanism have also contributed.
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  • Foreword
    This is a historic year: the end of 2015 is the target date for the Millennium Development Goals. Since 2001, governments across Asia and the Pacific have been striving to meet ambitious goals that aimed to improve the lives of more than half the world’s people.
  • Overview
    With more than half the world’s population, and some of its most dynamic economies, the Asia-Pacific region has helped drive the world towards the Millennium Development Goals. To maintain this momentum for the post-2015 agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals, the region will need to address three key areas of implementation: extending the benefits of technologies to all; mobilizing the necessary financial resources; and building statistical systems that can monitor the progress of the poorest groups and ensure that no one is left behind.
  • Acknowledgements
    This is the ninth report that has been prepared under the ESCAP/ADB/UNDP regional partnership programme on achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific. The reports under the partnership continue to be the most authoritative source of regional assessment on the progress made in achieving the MDGs in Asia and the Pacific. Following past practice in which each report would explore one or two key aspects of MDGs in greater detail, this report endeavours to contribute to the debate and discussions on implementing the post-2015 development agenda.
  • Acronyms
  • The final milestone
    Countries across Asia and the Pacific have been working hard to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The MDG target date is 2015, so this 2014/15 report represents a final milestone along the way. Although the data for the most recent years are not yet available, the overall picture is already clear. Asia and the Pacific, with more than half of global population, and some of its most dynamic economies, has helped drive the world towards major successes. And where the targets have been missed there has been substantial progress that can serve as a launching pad for the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Transformation through technology
    While governments are establishing the post-2015 agenda they also have to consider the best ways of implementing it. Critical to these efforts will be the ways in which they deploy technology. This will mean looking beyond strategies for technology transfer from the more advanced countries, and instead considering a much richer range of technology options, many of which may be closer to home − and exploring how these can best be developed and adapted.
  • Finance for the future
    Meeting a more ambitious and transformative post-2015 agenda will take considerable financial resources. Governments, development partners, municipalities, businesses, and civil society groups will have to consider all possible sources of finance, and how these can work together.
  • Support for statistics
    If governments are to meet the Sustainable Development Goals with programmes and policies that “leave no one behind” they will need high-quality disaggregated statistics that reveal variances across geographical areas and socioeconomic groups.
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