Asian countries share geography, history, arts, culture, natural resources and value systems. Regional co-operation amongst Asian Countries can generate synergy and additional benefits to each country for optimal use of resources. Asia needs connectivity, common infrastructures and co-operative mechanisms to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. Regional common perspectives require collaboration in several development areas like energy, infrastructure connectivity, climate change, agriculture, urban development, food security and disaster management.
IRADe is working on sustainable development issues in South Asian Countries. We carry out policy research and its implementation for enabling socio-economic growth and chart pathways for sustainable development. Since 2012, IRADe in partnership with USAID has successfully demonstrated implementation of South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration to push energy trade in the South Asian region. We have been very successful in leveraging the collaboration with several regional forums like SAARC, BIMSTEC, SAFIR, ACCCRN, ASEAN in Asia on the sustainable development issues. With this encouraging experience IRADe has set Asia Centre for Sustainable Development to extend our work in Asian countries and beyond to work on achieve Sustainable Development Goals.