IGES boosts cooperation with ESCAP on environmental research, dialogue

5 April 2016

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific agreed on 3 April 2016 to synergise their work on environmental research and dialogue in efforts to help countries achieve the UN-led Sustainable Development Goals.

This agreement was formalised in a Memorandum of Understanding signed between IGES and ESCAP, which aims to maximize each organisation’s comparative strength, as well as leverage their shared strategic priorities, to increase the overall effectiveness and impacts of their work.

"We have a long history of conducting practical and solutions-oriented research and prioritising the need to realise sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region through our analytical work," said Prof. Hironori Hamanaka, Chair of the Board of Directors at IGES.

"Our research strives to deliver innovative, low-carbon, and resource-saving strategies to today’s policymakers," he added. "This partnership with ESCAP is an important step for IGES to further our mission to serve as a ‘change agent’, facilitating the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and improving the economic and social well-being of all citizens in the region."

Both IGES and ESCAP have established mandates to address the pressing environmental and sustainable development challenges in Asia and the Pacific. Through this cooperation, they will work together to produce joint research publications, promote knowledge sharing among their networks, and organise key policy dialogues with governments, development partners, and other key stakeholders, including business.

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, highlighted that the partnership is extremely timely. "At the 2016 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development in Bangkok this week, member States are discussing regional priorities for implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The new partnership between ESCAP and IGES will allow us to better serve the Asia-Pacific region through enhanced support to member States in their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)." 

"By combining ESCAP’s role as the convener of the intergovernmental process in Asia and the Pacific, with IGES’s research expertise on sustainable development, this new partnership aims to produce even higher quality analytical work to help policymakers and other stakeholders to effectively implement the 2030 Agenda," said Dr. Akhtar.

IGES and ESCAP are currently exploring specific activities for this cooperation, which includes conducting a regional assessment on environment and development policy integration and strengthening existing research collaboration, particularly on climate finance.

IGES signed this agreement at the margins of ESCAP’s Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development held on 3-5 April 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. This Forum engages UN member states, UN agencies, as well as development partners, including IGES, and other interest groups and civil society organisations.

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