Getting it right on the SDGs: Lessons from Asia Pacific

Published January 8, 2018

Anita Nirody, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Indonesia outlines successes from the Asia-Pacific region in progressing towards the SDGs. By actively integrating the SDGs into national plans, policies and establishing frameworks to measure progress towards the goals, results have been swift.

The Asia-Pacific region has been actively integrating the SDGs into national plans, policies and establishing frameworks to measure progress. In addition, advocacy efforts to engage the private sector, civil society and young people in policy implementation has meant that progress has been tangible and fast. Poverty rates have fallen, infrastructure investments are bearing fruit and social protections have been strengthen across many countries in the territory. So, what are the lessons that are emerging from the experience in Asia-Pacific region?

«{It is} a complex task that requires partnerships. Partnerships are not simply about collaboration, {we must do things} differently and leverage expertise from all available sources out there. No one institution can do it alone. To address the interrelated issues...we need a multi sectorial approach» Anita Nirody

Anita is a development practitioner who has advised over 60 countries on a range of multi-disciplinary development issues. She is a passionate advocate for women’s rights and committed to promoting sustainable development and environmental management through partnerships and innovation. Ms. Nirody has postgraduate degrees in International Relations, International Development (with a specialization in Natural Resources Management) and Political Science.