IGES Inputs to 8th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2021)

The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) is an annual meeting convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and aims to strengthen the region’s readiness for the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The theme of the 8th APFSD is "Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and the Pacific". It will be organized from March 23 to 26, in a hybrid mode of online and offline.

In-depths review will be conducted on SDGs 1 (No Poverty), 2 (Zero Hunger), 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 10 (Reduce Inequalities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action), 16 (Peace, Justice and strong institutions) and 17 (Partnerships for the goals)

This page introduces IGES' key messages for APFSD2021, related events and related publications.

Key Messages

Submission to Policy Process
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) has developed the following key messages to share at the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2021). The messages are organized around six APFSD 2021 agenda items, and outline how policymakers can preserve a harmonious relationship between nature and humanity in the COVID-19...

Relevant Events

Past Event
APFSD2021 Side Event

Zero Waste Solutions towards a Regenerative Asia-Pacific Region

Production and consumption in Asia and the Pacific are outpacing the renewal capacity of natural resources and the capability of local governments in managing their waste. The Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020 (UN, 2020) highlights how...

High-level Dialogue on “Joining hands for Asia-Pacific’s COVID-19 Recovery – pathways for building back better together”
26 March 2021, 10:30-11:30 (Bangkok time).

Relevant Publications

Discussion Paper
Submission to Policy Process
COVID-19 has morphed from a dangerous regional health threat to an all-consuming global pandemic and economic disaster. COVID-19’s rapid spread has had far-reaching implications on the everyday lives of people in nearly all corners of the world. In fact, as of October 2020, at least 50 million people globally have tested positive for the virus, and...
Research Report
This report identifies a range of possibilities. It does so by pointing out domestic and international issues that are the driving forces for social change, and referring to strategies and roadmaps put forward by governments and a range of organisations. This report summarises how these issues bring about social change and affect resource and...
Peer-reviewed Article
In Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
“Just Transition” is an important, brand new concept to implement policies towards decarbonisation of the power sector in Japan. However, a knowledge gap still remains between this concept and policy discussion at a practical level. Therefore, using the existing scenarios of decarbonisation of the power sector and employment factors for the power...
Discussion Paper
Learning from cultural traditions and philosophies could help place countries in Asia on more sustainable development paths. This paper argues why and outlines how countries in Asia should collaborate in pooling and promoting good practices grounded in indigenous knowledge and philosophies to mainstream sustainability at the local, national...

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