IGES Participates in Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

forest The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), was held 28-30 March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the theme of “Transformations towards sustainable and resilient societies'. A key preparatory meeting for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development meeting planned for this coming July (HLPF 2018), APFSD convened member states, United Nations agencies, international organizations, major groups and other stakeholders to discuss and review regional and subregional perspectives on the cluster of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be taken up for consideration by the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council. These included Goal 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnership for the Goals) — as well as interlinkages between other Goals and targets. In addition, the Forum featured the presentation of voluntary national reviews (VNRs) led by countries in the region participating in HLPF 2018, evaluating progress made with regard to the regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. APFSD was preceded by a civil society forum (25-27 March), including a capacity building workshop for countries submitting VNRs to the HLPF.

APFSD hosted more than 750 participants, including governmental officials from 46 countries, international organizations, UN agencies, and civil society actors, among others. The event comprised plenary, roundtable discussion and side-event sessions where participating actors highlighted various initiatives and activities in support of the SDGs. In this context, IGES organized two official side events at APFSD wherein IGES Executive Director Mr. Hideyuki Mori participated, including “Integrated Approach to Ensure Resource Efficiency and Transformative Impact, the Case of SDG11 and SDG12”, led by IGES’s newly established SWITCH-Asia Facility, with participation from UNESCAP, the Government of Thailand, as well as the EU, among other partners; and “The Role of Innovative Financial Instruments in Accelerating Deployment of Renewable Energy and Improving Energy Efficiency in Asia and the Pacific”, coordinated by the IGES Regional Collaboration Centre (IGES-RCC) together with the Asian Institute of Technology, (AIT), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), UN Environment, and NDC Partnership, respectively. APFSD also provided the opportunity for IGES to showcase its SDG Interlinkages Tool, which UNESCAP has selected to upload onto its newly initiated multi-stakeholder web platform SDG Help Desk.

Key messages, and associated information on IGES-led SDG activities that were circulated at APFSD are attached.

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