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Guidebook for Assessing SDG Investment Needs

Guidebook coverWhile much progress has been made in mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals into national development plans and strategies, what is often lacking is an assessment of the financial resources required to implement them.

As we embark on the Decade of Action, this Guidebook aims to provide practical guidance for policy makers and other stakeholders on how to estimate the investment needs for achieving the Goals. It builds on the analytical framework used in ESCAP’s Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2019: Ambitions beyond Growth, which estimated that an additional investment of $1.5 trillion per year would enable Asia-Pacific developing countries to achieve the Goals by 2030. The Guidebook has benefited from valuable insights shared by experts and policy makers at two regional workshops in 2018 and 2019. It comes with an online dashboard on SDG investment trends.

This Guidebook aims to support countries in their implementation of the Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs), an initiative led by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development (IATF), chaired by the Under-Secretary-General of UN-DESA and of which ESCAP is a member. The IATF is leading work on the development of global guidance materials for the implementation of INFFs, including a module on costing national sustainable development priorities.

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