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Making it happen

Technology, finance and statistics for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific (Asia-Pacific regional MDG report 2014/15)

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The end of 2015 is the target for the Millennium Development Goals. As MDGs come to a close and a post-2015 agenda takes shape, to be formulated as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this report focuses on three key issues for implementation of this new agenda: technology, finance and statistics. It argues that priority should be given to identify and disseminate the most productive technologies; the necessary investment for sustainable development should come from a diverse range of sources, including public and private, domestic and international; and supported by statistics that should serve as a launching pad for evidence-based policymaking. The report has been produced by ESCAP, ADB and UNDP and it is a result of wide consultation among policymakers, development practitioners and other stakeholders throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. Other United Nations organizations, funds and programmes participating in the Regional Coordination Mechanism have also contributed.

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Transformation through technology

While governments are establishing the post-2015 agenda they also have to consider the best ways of implementing it. Critical to these efforts will be the ways in which they deploy technology. This will mean looking beyond strategies for technology transfer from the more advanced countries, and instead considering a much richer range of technology options, many of which may be closer to home − and exploring how these can best be developed and adapted.

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