At the recent Ecosperity conference, we asked global leaders from business and civic society what the Sustainable Development Goals mean to them, and what they are doing to realise the agenda. Here's what they said.
The SDGs Baseline report for the region noted that it needs to make a U-turn and take the right direction related to goals on reducing inequalities, building sustainable cities, and ensuring responsible consumption and production.
Helping women start their own businesses is one way to scale up the impact they can have on sustainable development, but they still face a series of challenges such as a lack of access to capital and meaningful mentoring.
Mark Suzman –
Digital financial inclusion can change the lives of the poor and boost economic growth; countries need to pursue localised solutions to promote access to electronic financial services, says Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Mark Suzman.
This could very well be the Asian Century, but if and only if the region can overcome old challenges like poverty and resolve issues of the day such as climate change. ADB's deputy chief economist Juzhong Zhuang outlines key problem areas.
Economic growth alone will not suffice if the Asia Pacific region is to thrive. UNESCAP's Dr Shamshad Akhtar explains how inequality and environmental degradation compromise the quality of growth, and why governance matters.