Prepared as part of the ESCAP Framework on Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19, and also the background document for the North-East Asia Multistakeholder Forum on Sustainable Development Goals 2020, this report analyses the COVID-19 impact and national responses in North-East Asia as well as provides recommendations on a transformative recovery to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda. The report is organized as follows: Session 1 gives a brief introduction of the aim and scope of the report. Session 2 discusses the SDG progress and the preparedness of North-East Asian countries for handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Session 3 analyzes the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on the subregion. Session 4 highlights the priorities and approaches of national responses to COVID-19. Session 5 concludes with recommendations on stronger subregional cooperation, with the aim of supporting member States to build back better.