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.
IGES Key Messages on “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and the Pacific” Prepared for the Asia Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development (APFSD)
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...
Carbon neutrality: The future of Asia-Pacific -- Contribution to the transition toward decarbonisation --
Zero Waste Solutions towards a Regenerative Asia-Pacific Region
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).
A Sustainable COVID-19 Response, Recovery, and Redesign: Principles and Applications of the Triple R Framework
Many decision makers are contemplating whether policies and investments made in the wake of COVID-19 are inclusive, resilient and sustainable enough to bring about a course change in development. This paper outlines the design features of framework that helps policymakers steer a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable course. What the Institute...
Implications of COVID-19 for the Environment and Sustainability (Version 2): Perspectives from the Triple R (Response, Recovery, Redesign) Framework
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...
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...
Decarbonisation of the power sector to engender a ‘Just transition’ in Japan: Quantifying local employment impacts
“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...
Eco-resurgence for Asia: Invoking Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy to Shape Economic Recovery and Sustainable Living
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...
IGES Inputs to Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)
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.
IGES Activity on "High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)"
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
A Time for Transformation: Building a More Sustainable, Resilient, and Inclusive Asia-Pacific after COVID-19
Through cross-cutting environmental policy research, IGES supports green recovery efforts towards a more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive Asia-Pacific after COVID-19.