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.
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Report on the United Nations High-Level Political Forum 2020: Japan's Role in Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Achievement of the SDGs
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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.
This special webpage presents publications related to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which as the main United Nations platform on sustainable development, is dedicated to the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda
Launch of new report: “SDGs and Business in the ESG era: Actions by Companies and Organisations in Japan”
Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) launched a new report, “SDGs and Business in the ESG era: Actions by Companies and Organisations in Japan”.
IGES Prepares Key Messages on Accelerating Progress on the SDGs for the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)
It was in the spirit of collective action that IGES developed 14 key messages to help policymakers in the Asia-Pacific Region accelerate progress on the SDGs.