Accelerating Sustainable Development after COVID-19: The Role of SDG Bonds


While public finance is core to the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), capital markets likewise plays a key role. This publication provides an overview of how bonds that align with the SDGs, or SDG bonds, can serve as a mechanism to accelerate the scale of finance needed to meet the sustainability goals of countries in developing Asia.

The publication presents current approaches that are being adopted, along with the challenges to a wider issuance of SDG bonds. It subsequently sets out a proposal for a specific type of SDG bond that could accelerate the required momentum, especially after the massive impact of the COVID-19 crisis.


  • Overview
  • Types of Thematic Bonds
  • SDG Bonds
  • Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks
  • SDG Accelerator Bonds: A New Concept
  • Building Momentum for the Road Ahead
  • Appendixes

Published July 2021.
Source:  Asian Development Bank.

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