Five years ago, the international community agreed on an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today most assessments suggest that countries in the Asia-Pacific will need to accelerate progress if they are to achieve the SDGs. While these assessments underline the need to move fast, COVID-19 demonstrates that the quality of development is as important as its speed. A related lesson from COVID-19 is that while human activity adversely affects the natural environment, the natural environment can also constrain human activity. A final take home point is that the SDGs can ensure pandemic stimulus and recovery plans recognize that ecological limits are interrelated with human activities. Leveraging the SDGs to recognize these interrelationships in pandemic recoveries will require governments to become more adept at working across sectors and engaging diverse segments of society. Sectoral integration and social inclusion should therefore feature prominently on development agendas in the Asia-Pacific.
Policymakers are apt to have different views on how to make sectoral integration and social inclusion work in different countries and contexts. Civil society, youth groups, and development practitioners are also likely to have varying perspectives on these matters. The purpose of this 1.5-hour virtual side event is to share how countries and other stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific can work across sectors and levels, while harnessing the energies of different social groups, to achieve the SDGs in the COVID-19 Era.
IGES Webinar Team
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|Opening Remarks||Katinka Weinberger, Chief of Environment and Development Policy Section, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific|
|Presentation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development
Ernesto Soria Morales, Senior Policy Analyst, Policy Coherence for Development Unit, OECD
Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President, IGES
|Moderator||Eric Zusman, Research Leader, Sustainable Governance Centre, IGES|
|Panelists||Suzanna Sumkhuu, National Development Agency, Mongolia|
|Aya Yoshida, Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan|
|Emma Frances Marsden, Senior Environment Specialist, South Asia Department, Asian Development Bank|
|Rey Perez Asis, Program Coordinator, Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants|
Mahtuf Ikhsan, Junior Consultant, Trade and Industry Division, International Tropical Timber Organization