Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum)
The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) established in 2003, aims to foster inter-regional cooperation between Europe and Asia on sustainable development and its environmental dimensions. Acting both as a facilitator and bottom-up promoter of wide-ranging initiatives, the ENVforum provides the ideal platform for knowledge-sharing, capacity building and provider of up-to-date information for policy makers and partner organizations on environmental themes. Ultimately, the forum strives to meaningfully contribute to the formulation of sound political decisions that are mindful of their environmental impact.
The ENVforum welcomes ideas and contributions from all walks of life, whether professional, academic, business or hatching from civil society.
The ENVforum is a partnership of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF); ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center (ASEIC); Swedish International Development Agency (Sida); Hanns Seidel Foundation Indonesia (HSF); Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
In 2013, the ENVforum celebrated its 10th year anniversary. Since 2003, the ENVforum has conducted over 50 high-level international meetings, roundtables, conferences and workshops. It has brought together over 1200 selected participants from government, ministries, academia, international organizations, NGOs and civil society.
In 2012 it directly participated to the Rio+20 Conference in Brazil contributing its newly published report: “Global Architectures for Sustainable Development Delivery- Asia-Europe Strategies for the ‘Rio+20’ Earth Summit 2012”. This publication examines proposals on how to reform international environmental governance frameworks for sustainable development (IFSD) and advises on European-Asian strategies for sustainable development.
ENVforum’s 2013-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Today, the ENVforum is actively engaged in the global debate over the future set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Its decade-long focus on environmental issues allows it to meaningfully contribute to the wide-ranging effort to supply Asian and European countries with a plan for sustainable development to be enacted when the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015. In this context, the ENVforum’s goal is to contribute to the Asian-European bottom-up process that supports the creation of SDGs as decided during the Rio+20 Conference. Facilitation of knowledge-sharing amongst ASEM member states is an ENVforum priority.
The period from now to 2015 will also feature a strengthening of ENVforum’s training component, going beyond the traditional presentation format. Interactive simulations and problem-solving workshops with a strong participatory element on the model of the recent 2013 “Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals and Training for ASEAN Member States” which included a negotiation simulation on SDGs amongst representatives of ASEAN diplomats, Ministries of the Environment and international experts, help to cement and test the knowledge base of participants amplifying training outcomes.
Publications and Research Output
Here below is a list of prominent publications authored by the ENVforum since 2003.The research output of the ENVforum is freely available for open consultation.
- • “Finding the Path from Johannesburg- Engaging Civil Society in the Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development Outcomes”; 2003.
• “Technology Partnerships for Renewables: Key to Energy Security”; Presented at the 3rd Roundtable in Stockholm, Sweden August 2004.
• “Reinforcing Asia-Europe Co-operation on Climate Change- Proceeding of the Asia-Europe Environment Forum Second Roundtable"; Jeju – Republic of Korea, March 2004.
• “The Jakarta 12 Asia-Europe Agendas for Sustainable Development"- Summary of Proceedings of the Asia-Europe Environment Forum Conference’1/3 of Our Planet: What Can Asia and Europe do for Sustainable Development’; Jakarta- Indonesia, November 2005.
• “Combine or Combust! Co-operating on Chemicals and Hazardous Substances management”; presented at the Asia-Europe Environment Forum 4th Roundtable; Brussels Belgium December 2006.
• “A Green Future- Asia and Europe Growing Sustainability”- Proceedings of the ENVforum Conference in Munich, Germany; September 2010.
• “Global Architectures for Sustainable Development Delivery” presented at the 2012 Rio+20 Summit in Brazil.
Recently, the ENVforum has published the "Sustainable Development Goals and Indicators for a Small Planet - Part 1: Methodology and Goal Framework". A group of eminent international experts have been commissioned to develop a recommended set of SDGs priorities for ASEM countries. The study takes on innovative methodologies for selecting areas of focus and priorities by reconciling national needs with regional objectives. In order to monitor improvements a parallel set of indicators have also been developed. By measuring progress in implementation, these indicators are able to provide policymakers with reliable statistical data to identify programs of low effectiveness and promptly correct potential operational faults. An interim version of the “Small Planet” report was presented on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the ENVforum in Korea, during the conference on “Green Growth and Sustainable Development Goals: A Development Agenda for 2015” which took place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 4-5 November 2013.
About the ENVforum
ASEM countries represent 52% of the world’s GDP, almost 60% of the world’s population and 68% of Global trade. Given the size and further expansion of ASEM, it is evident that deepened Asia-Europe cooperation is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Interregional collaboration on issues of sustainable development and the environment is crucial in meeting challenges of global magnitude that cannot be solves solely at the national level.
The ASEM 7 Meeting in Beijing (2007) Chairman Statement reads:
“Leaders stressed the need to focus on development needs and environmental sustainability in the energy sector. They emphasized the need for Asia-Europe cooperation to ensure the availability of environmentally sound energy at a reasonable price to support economic growth and […] recognized the need to develop regional and sub-regional projects amongst ASEM partners."
The ENVforum answers the ASEM leaders’ call. As a multi-stakeholder forum it embraces diversity of opinion and provides a locus where Europe and Asia can meet to discuss salient environmental policy issues of the day.
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