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Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2016

Adapting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the National Level

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The Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2016 explores ways to adapt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to the unique circumstances, capacities and levels of development of the Asia-Pacific Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), collectively referred to as Countries with Special Needs (CSN). For that purpose, it proposes a unique analytical framework, based on cutting-edge methods from complexity science coupled with economic analyses, to guide countries on the prioritization and sequencing of the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the most effective manner. The framework allows for the identification of synergies, trade-offs and bottlenecks in attaining different Goals. The report also takes stock of the progress of CSN towards their respective global programmes of action, analyses the relationship between the programmes of action and the 2030 Agenda, and examines current perceptions of experts and practitioners from 25 CSN on how their countries should prioritize and sequence the achievement of the Goals.

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Executive summary

Although the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are integrated, indivisible, global in nature and universally applicable, their implementation should take into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development, while respecting national policies and priorities. As such, the 2030 Agenda suggests that Governments set their own national targets and decide how to incorporate them in national development planning processes, policies and strategies. In other words, the 2030 Agenda gives countries policy space to adapt the Goals in the way they deem most suitable. The present report contributes to regional discussions on how countries with special needs (CSN), such as least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States, can best adapt the 2030 Agenda to their unique national contexts.

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