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This report analyses Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) trends as well as data availability for monitoring progress in Asia and the Pacific and its five subregions. It assesses progress towards the SDGs and the gaps which must be closed for these to be achieved by 2030. This assessment is designed to ensure the region’s actions remain on target, shortcomings are addressed as they arise, and all interested parties remain engaged.

Business as usual is not an option if the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are to be met. The scale and depth of the goals require a radically different and disruptive approach—the essence of innovation—along with significant scientific breakthroughs and technological advancements.

Equality lies at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its ambition to leave no one behind. This report, prepared as the theme study for the 75th Commission Session, gages recent progress towards equality in three key outcomes: education, full-time employment and income.

Countries in the Asia-Pacific region face multiple energy-related challenges, which are driving them to transform their energy systems. First, there is a need to increase energy supply by some 60 per cent by 2035 to meet the growing demand associated with the rapid urbanization, industrialization and economic growth taking place.

This brochure showcases beautiful imagery from landscapes, Biosphere Reserves and Global Geoparks throughout the region; and features ongoing environmental projects and research initiatives aimed at enhancing scientific knowledge for sustainable human living in Asia-Pacific. Natural Sciences at UNESCO Bangkok supports the six cluster countries including: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

Engaging Citizens for Sustainable Development: A Data Perspective – Making the Global Agenda the Citizens’ Agenda considers the case of the engagement of citizens and community-level actors within the United Nations sustainable development agenda, also known as the Global Agenda.

EQUALS is a global partnership with membership across different stakeholders including governments, private sector leaders, NGOs, communities, and individuals to promote gender equality in ICT access, skills, and leadership. The EQUALS Research Group ensures an evidence-based approach towards achieving the Partnership goals.

Five regional synthesis reports have been produced based on the National Situation Analyses on the scope, scale and contribution of volunteering to the SDGs in Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe, Arab States and Latin America and the Carribean. The findings and recommendations of the reports will be discussed during the regional consultations in the margins of the Annual regional fora on sustainable development.

Today, few will question the capacity of ICTs to serve as enablers of sustainable development that the world community has agreed to work towards by the target year 2030. However, although this capacity of ICTs as enablers has been recognized, there remains fuzziness about the linkage between ICTs and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This module addresses the SDGs through the prism of ICTs.

The second issue of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development’s (APCICT) ICTD Case Study Series, ICT for Disaster Risk Reduction, discusses the ways in which ICT has positively impacted the various phases of disaster management.