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ADB and the Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals represent a universal call to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all. ADB is committed to helping countries achieve the Goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by 191 member states of the United Nations in 2015. Achieving the SDGs will require massive financing from public and private sources.

ADB's approach to support the SDGs involves: 

  • aligning its strategy and operations with the SDGs—the seven operational priorities of Strategy 2030 support all 17 SDGs, and ADB’s corporate results framework aligns with the SDGs;
  • directly financing projects that help developing member countries achieve the SDGs;
  • mobilizing finance for the SDGs, including from the private sector;
  • supporting knowledge, capacity building, and dialogue with developing member countries to catalyze action; and
  • working in partnership with multilateral development banks, civil society, knowledge partners, and the private sector on the SDGs, including the ESCAP–ADB–UNDP Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership, which fosters policy dialogue and monitors progress on the SDGs in the region.

Our corporate report on ADB’s support for the SDGs describes our efforts.

In the Spotlight

Publication | 20 May 2021

Promoting Social Bonds for Impact Investments in Asia

This report reviews the social bond market and explores how social bonds can help tackle a wide range of development issues in Asia and the Pacific.

Publication | 23 Mar 2021

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Leaving No Country Behind

This report examines the implications of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic for the Sustainable Development Goals, and opportunities for recovery.

Institutional Document | 15 Mar 2021

ADB's Support for the Sustainable Development Goals: Enabling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through Strategy 2030

This report explains the approach of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to integrate the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated targets into its strategies, programs, and financing under Strategy 2030.

Institutional Document | 12 Mar 2021

Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: The Contributions of the Multilateral Development Banks

This report showcases the contributions of 11 multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help member countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Data for the SDGs

ADB’s Key Indicators Database SDGs section

The Key Indicators Database SDGs Section collates information from developing member countries statistical offices.

SDG Data portal by ADB, UNDP and UNESCAP SDG Asia Pacific Partnership

The SDG Data portal, by ESCAP, ADB and UNDP compiles available data and provides tools to assess SDG progress in the region.

Practical Guidebook on Data Disaggregation for the Sustainable Development Goals by ADB and UN DESA

The Practical Guidebook on Data Disaggregation for the Sustainable Development Goals by ADB and UN DESA provides guidance on delivering high-quality, granular, and cost-effective data for SDG monitoring.