MANILA (Web Desk) — A renewed focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be essential as countries seek to rebuild from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, says ADB’s first report showcasing its contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Achieving the SDGs will require vast sums of finance to be mobilized from the widest range of sources in support of the agenda at a time when governments face mounting pressure on their budgets and soaring public debt,” said ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa.

“In 2021, as we map a path to recovery from the pandemic, we must refocus on the SDGs. ADB’s investments must meet the highest standards of sustainable development and deliver real results that help countries realize the vision set out in Strategy 2030 and rebuild for the SDGs.”

The year 2020 was to be the start of a decade of action to accelerate progress on the SDGs, but the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the region’s prospects for achieving the goals.

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