APFSD Side Event

Actions to Harnessing Synergies between the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals: Enhancing City to City Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region

29 March 2023, 11:00 am-12:15 pm (ICT), 13:00 pm-14:15 pm (JST)

While most of the Asia Pacific region is not on track to achieve the Paris Agreement and SDGs, maximizing synergies between climate actions and the SDGs could help accelerate progress. The potential for synergies is particularly great in cities. In fact,the Third Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the SDGs, in Tokyo, in July 2022, underlined the wide variety of city-level actions that can deliver on the climate and sustainability agendas, including actions supporting nature-positive solutions and SDGs involving ecosystem services. This event highlighted various synergistic actions in Asia Pacific cities. It also showcased how such action could contribute to sustainable net-zero transitions while ensuring a harmonious relationship with nature. The event finally underlined that city-to-city collaboration could assist knowledge exchanges that support synergies among SDG 7, 11, 13, 15 and 17.

Event Details

29 March 2023, 11:00 am-12:15 pm (ICT), 13:00 pm-14:15 pm (JST)


English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
(Simultaneous interpretation)

Presentation Materials

11:00-11:03 Opening Remarks H.E. Mr. Kazuya Nashida (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Thailand)  
11:03-11:17   Scene Setting Presentation
Mr. Minoru Takada (Team Leader on Energy at the Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UNDESA)
PDF (1.8MB)
Panel Discussion with Q&A
11:17-12:10   Topic: Decarbonization Areas City-to-City Collaboration
Mr. Hayato Shimizu (Mayor of Saitama City, Japan)
PDF (1.8MB)
Topic: City-to-City Collaboration
Mr. Mahadi Che Ngah (Mayor of Kuala Lumpur City, Malaysia)
PDF (8.5MB)
Topic: Shiga’s Efforts toward the Conservation and Restoration of our “Mother Lake,” Lake Biwa, for a Sound Water Cycle
Mr. Nobuhiko Miwa (Senior Technical Director Department of Lake Biwa and the Environment, Shiga Prefectural Government, Japan)
PDF (3.6MB)
Topic: Synergetic Actions in JCM project
Mr. Dicky Edwin Hindarto (Senior Advisor, Indonesia JCM Secretariat)
PDF (1.4MB)
Topic: City to city collaboration on air pollution monitoring
Ms. Karine Leger (Managing Director, Airparif)
PDF (2.0MB)
Discussion & Q&A
12:10-12:15 Closing remarks Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President at Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)  

Recorded Video