E-Library

UN ESCAP has designed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) booklets in English, Chinese, Russian, Korean, and Japanese. These booklets, detailing the 17 SDGs and their 169 targets, are a perfect desk resource for fast reference to the SDG targets.

You can download the PDFs at the bottom of the page or, alternatively, view the e-booklets below. 
 

The UN Secretary-General has released the advance, unedited version of his annual report on progress towards the SDGs. The report identifies cross-cutting areas where political leadership and urgent, scalable multi-stakeholder action are critical to shift the world onto a trajectory compatible with achieving the SDGs by 2030.

The 2019 Human Development Report is the latest in the series of global Human Development Reports published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1990 as independent, analytically and empirically grounded discussions of major development issues, trends and policies.

Environmental-Economic Accounts are increasingly a mainstream tool for measuring the condition of the environment, the contribution of the environment to the economy and the impact of the economy on the environment. Water Accounts, Land Accounts, Greenhouse Gas Emission Accounts and Energy Accounts are just some of the more commonly available environmental-economic accounts.

This paper examines the extent to which economic growth in Asia and the Pacific has translated in an increasing middle class. Using international poverty lines, the region’s population is divided into four income groups to estimate those living in poverty according to middle-income country and high-income country standards.

In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A lot has happened since then, but what do people perceive? And what moves them when it comes to sustainability? For the first time, these questions were the focus of a global survey, the Global Survey on Sustainability and the SDGs (Global Survey).

The World Social Report 2020 examines the impact of four such megatrends on inequality: technological innovation, climate change, urbanization and international migration. Technological change can be an engine of economic growth, offering new possibilities in health care, education, communication and productivity. But it can also exacerbate wage inequality and displace workers.

Most countries in Asia and the Pacific have built their own fibre-optic backbone networks. Many cross-border terrestrial fibre-optic cable systems have been established between neighbouring countries through bilateral agreements. Yet, this regional network of terrestrial cables is not effectively managed and utilized because of operational challenges.

Nature-based solutions have the potential to provide multiple benefits across a range of sustainability challenges facing cities. They can help to limit the impacts of climate change, enhance biodiversity and improve environmental quality while contributing to economic activities and social well-being. Read on and learn more about nature-based solutions in an urban world!

Published by WRI and UNDP, Enhancing NDCs: A Guide to Strengthening National Climate Plans is designed to help practitioners think through how to structure their country’s enhanced NDCs across three dimensions: strengthening targets to reduce emissions (mitigation), enhancing climate resilience (adaptation) and clearly communicating their actions to build trust and facilitate effective implementation.