The Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Goals Outlook report examines each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and describes the outlook for achieving each one in the Asia-Pacific region at the outset of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It singles out “bright spots” and “hot spots”, provides insights about each goal and points to emerging issues.

Success in achieving targets under SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation will to a large extent depend on understanding of the interdependencies with the other SDGs.

This publication presents a systems-thinking-based framework for integration of the SDG 6 targets with the 16 other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 161 targets.

The Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap for Asia and the Pacific is offered to member States to help their policymakers turn the till-now trade-off between the ecological crisis and economic growth into a synergy in which resource constraints and climate crisis become opportunities for the growth necessary to reduce poverty in the region.

Water security has become a very important challenge for the Asia Pacific region to be urgently addressed. How to most efficiently manage this scarce and finite resource, while catering to increasing demands related to industrial growth, agricultural production and rapid urbanization is a key challenge for the region. Erratic weather patterns are increasingly affecting water security and climate change may exacerbate the situation.

Several countries in Asia and the Pacific have launched high-level policy initiatives and action plans to promote green growth, and the green economy. As a consequence the demand for indicators of economic growth that supports, rather than detracts from, sustainable development, is growing.