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Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum)

 

About the ENVforum

Asia-Europe Meeting (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 in sustainable development and the environment is crucial in meeting challenges of global magnitude that cannot be solved solely at the national level.

The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) was launched in June 2003 to address this need. As a multi-stakeholder forum, the ENVforum embraces diversity of opinion and provides a locus where Europe and Asia can meet to discuss salient environmental policy issues.    

The ENVforum celebrated its 10th year anniversary in 2013. Within its first ten years of programming, 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.

 

Mission

The ENVforum 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.

 

Our Partners

The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Partners: Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Government of Sweden through the Regional Asia Environment Conference Support Programme administered by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center (ASEIC) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

 

ENVforum’s 2013-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In 2012, the ENVforum directly participated to the Rio+20 Conference in Brazil, contributing its report: “Global Architectures for Sustainable Development Delivery- Asia-Europe Strategies for the ‘Rio+20’ Earth Summit 2012”. Following this event, leaders in the ASEM Summit in Vientiane, Laos in November 2012 emphasised the need for a transparent, inclusive process towards formation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. 

We underlined the importance of finalisation of the UN sustainable development goals through a transparent and inclusive inter- governmental process currently being established by the UN General Assembly, in keeping with the outcome of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development.

 - Vientiane Declaration on Strengthening Partnership for Peace and Development
Vientiane, 6 November 2012

 

The ENVforum anwered this call and is actively engaged today in the global debate over 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 when the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015. In this context, the ENVforum’s goal is to contribute research 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, and is enacted through activities such as multi-stakeholder conferences, research projects, and training workshops.

 

Publications and Research Output 

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.

As part of its 2013-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the ENVforum has published a number of studies related to the post-2015 development agenda. A group of eminent international experts was firstly commissioned to develop a recommended set of SDGs priorities for ASEM countries by reconciling national needs with regional objectives. In order to monitor progress in SDGs, a parallel set of indicators were also developed. By measuring progress in implementation, these indicators can provide policymakers with reliable statistical data to identify programs of low effectiveness and promptly correct potential operational faults. The final series of this research will study means of implementation for SDGs on a national level, looking at governance and financing mechanisms for successful SDG implementation. The outcome of this three-part research series can be found in the following publications: 

 


 

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