The 2030 Agenda could cost Asia and the Pacific as much as $2.5 trillion per year to close infrastructure gaps, provide universal access to social protection, health and education, as well as action on climate change.
SDGs offer a blueprint for a world free of the worst effects of climate change, where extreme poverty is a thing of the past and the future is more secure and more hopeful for everyone. How business does business will have a major bearing on whether sustainable development can be achieved.
More efficient energy use is fundamental to future sustainable energy systems. It is also a defining factor for many of the global challenges we face, like poverty, food security, equal access to water, healthcare and education, climate change and equitable economic growth.
A sustainable industrialization strategy could generate more than 56 million new jobs by 2030 in the South Asia sub region, lifting 71 million additional people out of poverty while also embracing low-carbon development pathways.
The Global Goals call on all businesses to demonstrate their contribution to an inclusive and sustainable future. But many companies fail to understand their most important impacts. Few companies in Southeast Asia are talking about their contribution to sustainable development.