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Regional progress

The SDGs are an ambitious agenda. Early actions taken by government, civil society and the private sector are critical in setting the foundation for success or failure in the years to come. Achieving the goals will require the involvement  of a wide range of actors; it is therefore important that different voices weigh in on key priorities moving forward. This research shows how sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America are likely to progress across the SDG agenda by 2030 and informs the Starting strong: first 1000 days of the SDGs series of events.

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Residents of Sujat Nagar slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh on October 11, 2016. Photo: © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Localising the gender equality goal through urban planning tools in South Asia

Shrimoyee Bhattacharya, Sonali Anusree Patro, Vivek Vaidyanathan and Sujaya Rathi
22 December 2016

This research paper, commissioned as part of the series ‘Starting Strong: the first 1000 days of the SDGs’, looks at the importance of using a gendered lens in urban planning to achieve SDG 5 and its intersections with SDGs 6 and 11.

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Schoolchildren in Pakistan. © Education Programs - Hashoo Foundation

The role of youth in sustainable development – perspectives from South Asia

Anam Khan, Asif Javed, Samavia Batool, Fazal Hussain, Hamid Mahmood and Vaqar Ahmed
20 December 2016

This paper, commissioned as part of the series ‘Starting Strong: the first 1000 days of the SDGs’, identifies key actions to be taken in South Asia around SDG 8 on sustained and inclusive growth.

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Market traders in La Paz, Bolivia - Tracy Blacher (Creative Commons Licensed via Flickr)

Starting strong: Implementation of the social SDGs in Latin America

Jose Florito and Gala Díaz Langou
30 November 2016

Latin America remains one of the most unequal regions of the world with many of the most vulnerable groups being left behind. This report explores the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals on poverty, health and gender within the region.

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Agricultural worker in El Salvador – © FUSADES

Furthering women’s empowerment through labour force participation

Margarita Beneke de Sanfeliú, Dolores Polanco, Lidia Vásquez and Lissette Calderón
25 October 2016

This research paper, commissioned as part of the series ‘Starting Strong: the first 1000 days of the SDGs’, looks at the early actions needed to ensure the SDGs deliver on women's economic empowerment.

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 Las obras de construcción del proyecto de ampliación del Canal de Panamá. Panamá. Foto: Gerardo Pesantez / Banco Mundial (Creative Commons con licencia a través de Flickr)

Proyecciones sobre los ODS: Un sistema de alerta temprana para la región

Javier Surasky
8 July 2016

Javier Surasky, Coordinador del área de Investigación y Análisis del Cepei, un centro de investigación en Colombia, escribe sobre la relevancia de nuestro informe sobre los ODS en América Latina y el Caribe para la región y cómo puede ser utilizado como un sistema de alerta temprana en aquellas áreas de los ODS que requieren acción urgente