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"Learn how Asia-Pacific developing countries may structurally transform to achieve the SDGs by 2030."

The Asia-Pacific region has seen tremendous economic and social progress over the last 50 years, as average income levels more than tripled and life expectancy at birth increased from 46 to 75 years. However, in the light of heightened inequality and environmental degradation, keeping the old paradigm of prioritizing GDP growth at all costs is neither feasible nor desirable. The region is now at a crossroad, and it must go beyond growth to pursue, holistically, human well-being and planetary health, through a change in mindset and policymaking.

This Executive Summary of the 2019 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific- produced by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)- provides a comprehensive assessment of the investment needed for Asia and the Pacific to reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. It highlights that in an era of uncertainty, bold and wise policies within these regions are needed to make their growth inclusive and sustainable, which requires regional actors placing their people and the planet first.

To read the full UNESCAP book from which this Executive Summary is based, please click here.To read more about the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), please click here.