Talks begin on how South East Asia can achieve green growth

Published onJune 6, 2018

Last week, government and business leaders met for the fifth Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources, following the release of a UN report that found South East Asia is failing to achieve two thirds of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The region is off-track for 37 of the 57 SDGs, with no progress evidenced in GDP growth, economic productivity, sustainable industrialisation, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, achieving healthy oceans, sustainable use of forest areas and loss of biodiversity. Under discussion at the event was how ASEAN could achieve economic growth whilst ensuring development was sustainable and eco-friendly, with speakers from countries in the region proposing different methods of motivating green growth.