Transition From MDG to SDG: Issues & Concern

Ambitions Beyond Growth Report 2019


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : UNESCAP

Mains level : Attainment of SDGs

Ambitions Beyond Growth Report

  • It is a annual report published by UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).
  • A comprehensive assessment of the investment needed to reach the SDGs in the region by 2030 estimates an additional $1.5 trillion per year.
  • These “ambitions beyond growth” are largely affordable for most countries in the region, given available public and private resources.
  • Strong development partnerships and regional cooperation are essential to ensure that all countries complete this important journey.
  • Closing this investment gap is within reach for many countries, but the gap is widest in countries which can least afford to narrow it
  • The report says that significant savings could be achieved through greater emphasis on education quality and outcomes.


  • The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region.
  • It is established in 1947 with its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Parent Organisation: UN ECOSOC
  • India is a founding member of UNESCAP
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