Reframing South Asian Cooperation with the 2030 Agenda

reframing-south-asian-cooperation-with-the-2030-agendaThe Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Sang-e-Meel has jointly published SDC-SAES anthology titled Securing Peace and Prosperity. This book aims to unpack the key elements of the peace-sustainable development nexus, and examine it in totality at the micro, meso and macro levels.

Distinguished Fellow Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya and Senior Research Associate Ms Umme Shefa Rezbana of CPD authored the second chapter, titled “Reframing South Asian Cooperation with the 2030 Agenda: Benchmarking the SDGs and a New Role for SAARC”, in this book.



Abstract of the Chapter

Regional cooperation was a missed opportunity for improving the delivery of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Since the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would be demanding more effort for their successful implementation, exploring regional cooperation becomes essential. This is particularly relevant for South Asia, home to a large number of the world’s poor and a region with huge governance deficit. Besides addressing economic, social and environmental dimensions of SDGs, ensuring peace and security in the region will be a challenging issue. Moreover, successful implementation of the SDGs would require revamping the regional platform- the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The forthcoming 19th SAARC Summit (November 2016) may play a role in this regard by, among others, establishing a Group of Eminent Persons (GEP) entrusted to provide a new vision for South Asia in the context of the SDGs.

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Editors: Sarah S. Aneel, Uzma T. Haroon and Imrana Niazi

Publisher: Afzaal Ahmad, Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore