The 2015 agreement over the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) holds promise to balance the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of development. Many analysts have pointed to an integrated approach to decision-making as critical for achieving this balance. An integrated approach involves recognising synergies and avoiding trade-offs across more than one SDG or target. The appeal of such an approach is it can reduce the costs and time needed to achieve multiple SDGs and targets, while accounting for a fuller set of development needs and priorities. Integration can also ensure the negative impacts of shortsighted economic growth do not jeopardise more sustainable gains for human well-being and the environment.
However, employing an integrated approach as a basis for decision-making is not easy. One of the foremost challenges involves engaging a wide range of government agencies, businesses, civil-society organisations, and marginalised groups within and across different levels of decision-making. This often necessitates identifying new ways to encourage participation, enhance accountability, strengthen coordination, and align interests. In short, it requires new forms of governance.
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies’ (IGES) Sustainability Governance Centre (SGC) is uniquely positioned to identify forms of governance that can support multi-issue, multi-level integration in Asia. This is partially because the Centre frequently participates in policymaking processes in Asia—at various levels with different stakeholders—where mutually beneficial synergies and trade-offs exist. Further, because the research is action-oriented and multi-disciplinary, it combine a variety of tools, data, and case studies that can help policymakers and other stakeholders address the region’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Last but not least, due to a regional focus, SGC is well-placed to recommend forms of governance than can help the world’s most populous region take an integrated approach to the SDGs.
Implementing Solutions to Air Pollution and Climate Change in Asia: Building Capacities, Strengthening Policies, and Financing Technologies
Integrated and Inclusive Approaches to the SDGs in Asia and Globally: Coming Together Around Shared Solutions
This event was divided into two sections on what is needed to take an integrated and inclusive approach to the SDGs. The first section discussed a whole-of-Japan approach to the SDG. The second session offered a more focused discussion.
The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development, mandated in 2012 by the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
APFSD is an annual meeting convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) aimed at strengthening the region’s readiness for the United Nations’ High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
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“Japanese Companies Increasingly Embrace Action on the SDGs, Including a Focus on Gender Equality” Official launch of a new report “Mainstreaming the SDGs in Business: Actions by Companies and Organisations in Japan”
“Japanese Companies Increasingly Embrace Action on the SDGs, Including a Focus on Gender Equality”
Official launch of a new report “Mainstreaming the SDGs in Business: Actions by Companies and Organisations in Japan”
Showing the Way towards Integrating SDGs into Core Business with Extensive Examples of Private Companies in Japan: Launch of new report
Showing the Way towards Integrating SDGs into Core Business with Extensive Examples of Private Companies in Japan: Launch of new report.