Building Forward Together: Towards an inclusive and resilient Asia and the Pacific is the theme report of the Asia-Pacific SDG partnership for 2022. Reflecting on the theme of the 9th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, it aims to support regional dialogue, in preparation for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and to inform implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report considers pandemic impacts on prospects for achieving the SDGs, and how countries have been responding to this complex and still evolving crisis. Efforts to cope with and contain the pandemic have exposed—and magnified—deeply rooted vulnerabilities and inequalities in the region’s economies and societies. Across the region there already are signs of a K-shaped recovery marked by increasing divergence in economic and social outcomes within and between countries. When environmental degradation, increasing natural hazards and accelerating climate change are added to the mix, the risks to developing countries and poor and vulnerable populations are even greater. The report analyzes key factors that are shaping recovery prospects, including vaccination and access to diagnostics and therapeutics; social protection; digitalization; economic structure; environmental risks; and fiscal space. The region faces two intertwined challenges: making the recovery green, inclusive and just, while charting a new and transformative path toward building sustainable and resilient economies and societies that leaves no one behind.
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