ADB Executive Director Roger Fischer said ADB is well-placed to help DMCS in getting back on track to meet the global goals. He said it was worth noting that the world has less than 10 years to meet the SDGS and no one is on track to meet them.

Fischer said ADB can help because it “knows about resilience” and can help partner countries improve on these efforts in this regard. is capacity of the ADB was already demonstrat­ed in the creation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 20152030.

Further, he said, ADB already had privileged access to the region’s decision-makers. He cited Clark, who said in the same dialogue that meeting the SDGS not only required resources but also political will.

Fischer said with this, ADB can help policy-makers “connect the dots” between and among issues such as the impact of trade policy on tax policy, what tax policy can do to infrastruc­ture, and so on.

“It’s not easy but necessary. I think access to decision-makers in different countries allow ADB to help countries connect these dots. Because without high level access, we wouldn’t find the opportunit­ies to support [these efforts],” Fischer said.

Fischer also said ADB is a convenor in the region and this bodes well for SDGS efforts in this part of the world. As such, the ADB can bring together varying points of reflection and help the region arrive at a “resilient consensus” to move all countries forward in their SDG commitment­s.

However, Fischer said meeting the SDGS should not be the end of ADB’S engagement when it comes to the global goals. ADB should also help countries from regressing in goals or targets which they are making good progress on or have already achieved.

In a briefing last month, Rony Soerakoeso­emah, head of Escap Sub-regional Office for Southeast Asia said the region is regressing in 18 SDG indicators except in SDGS 2, 5, 6, and 9.

ese indicators include resilience to disasters; substance abuse; road traffic accidents; equal access education; and the share of renewable energy.

e list showed that the region’s performanc­e is stagnant in 47 indicators in all SDGS except for SDG 13 and 16. e Asean was making progress in achieving 15 indicators in SDG 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 9.

is includes indicators such as resources for poverty programs; malnutriti­on; sustainabl­e agricultur­e; communicab­le diseases; tobacco control; access to energy services; formalizat­ion of small and medium enterprise­s; and reduction in waste generation, among others.

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