Post - 2015 South Asia Development Agenda

United Nations Environment Programme (2016-06)

The South Asian Sub-region (SAS) comprises of eight countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – is one of the fastest growing sub-regions of the world. It is blessed with rich and diverse natural resource base, which has historically supported economic development and sustained rural livelihoods and stands severely endangered as of now. It is therefore essential to focus on diverse response options and instruments for possible solutions. Ensuring sustainable development and growth of the SAS is beyond the scope of individual countries. This is especially true in vulnerable countries that face multiple stresses such as: poverty and unequal access to resources; weak institutions; and food and water insecurity, in spite of rapid advances in technology and economic resources. Therefore, due emphasis must be placed on increasing responsibilities of all stakeholders and collaborative efforts towards ensuring a healthy environment for the future