IGES Inputs to the 9th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2022)

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 which serves as part of the region’s preparations for the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The forum provides a platform for supporting Asia-Pacific countries with specific needs in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2022, the 9th APFSD was taken place from 28 to 31 March.


IGES Podcast
APFSD & HLPF: Reviewing SDG progress

Sustainable Societies Living within Planetary Boundaries: IGES 2022 Key Messages on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The theme for APFSD 2022 is “Building back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific”. In-depth reviews was conducted on SDGs 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), 14 (Life Below Water), 15 (Life on Land), and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).This page introduces IGES' key messages for APFSD 2022, as well as related events and perspectives.



IGES Perspectives


About Sustainability… is a podcast presented by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, featuring IGES staff and guests having in-depth discussions about sustainability-related topics. In this episode, IGES researchers discussed the SDGs, and in particular two key upcoming meetings that review countries’ progress toward them. The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), happening in March 2022, is the main regional event for the Asia-Pacific region, and the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is its global event cousin that takes place in July 2022.

Side Event

Past Event
APFSD side event

A One Health Approach to Regulating Ocean Microplastics: Translating Advocacy into Action

The COVID-19 crisis has focused a growing amount of attention on the close interrelationship between human, animal and environmental health. Efforts to capture this interrelationship in policy and practice are often summarised under the heading of “o

Relevant Projects

Associated Publications

Submission to Policy Process
With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set to end in 2030, the world has entered a “decisive decade”—a quickly closing window that could determine whether a sustainable future is within reach. The following messages outline steps that IGES, policymakers, businesses, civil society, and other stakeholders can take to implement the five SDGs...
Working Paper
This paper provides good practice examples of strategies that governments have already implemented to contribute to a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 and to a longer-term redesign of their economies, which align with global goals and makes recommendations for further action. The target audience is national- and subnational-level...
Discussion Paper
Thuy Ngoc
Socorro Leonardo
The Global Search for Sustainable Schools (GSSS) has been carried out as one of the global initiatives under the SLE programme. The GSSS programme recognises the central role of education in creating the enabling conditions to achieve sustainable lifestyles within planetary boundaries. Education directly develops the leaders and innovators of...
Policy Report
This report assesses to what extent the national governments of ASEAN countries have made concrete domestic efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in terms of policies and budgets as listed in their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). Methods used by this report are similar to those used by a comparable study of the G20...
The 2030 Agenda, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 169 targets, and 232 indicators, agreed by all countries, are intended to “transform the world”. This report examines the ability of the SDGs to actually trigger this transformation and to suggest some key actions to make the SDGs more transformative. It examines the roles of key...
Submission to Policy Process
COVID-19’s wide-ranging social, environmental, and economic impacts has led to calls for policymakers to restore planetary health. The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies’ (IGES) COVID-19 position paper 3.0 aims to help policymakers translate support for a healthy planet into actionable recommendations and ambitious policy directions. A...