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Expert Consultation on Knowledge and Capacity Needs for Sustainable Development

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6-8 March 2013 Governance & Economy Department Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Sustainable Development

Incheon, Republic of Korea

The Asia-Europe Environment Forum co-organised the Expert Consultation on Knowledge and Capacity Needs for Sustainable Development in Post-Rio+20 Era.

The meeting aimed to capture a number of initiatives over the past decades providing sustainability knowledge and capacity building. As mapping out resources and gaps, monitoring changes, assessing and channelling feedback from policy makers on such diverse sources remains still difficult.

Therefore, the event provided a platform to prepare an initial mapping of sustainability knowledge assets, activities and actors. Moreover, the Consultation explored what technical, policy knowledge and capacities are needed to foster transition towards sustainability by:

(i) taking stock of adequacy of existing knowledge and capacity building models, platforms and initiatives contributing towards sustainability transition;

(ii) examining how Member States and other stakeholders could make best use of available resources and platforms to meet their knowledge and capacity needs;

(iii) assessing needs and gaps in knowledge and capacity for advancing sustainable development in post-Rio context; and

(iv) facilitating communication and collaboration between knowledge providers and users.

The Consultation brought together senior policy-making experts representing governments and a broad spectrum of organisations to develop a framework for action that meets the knowledge and capacity needs of the post-Rio+20 era, and in a format that fosters a multi-stakeholder dialogue.

This Consultation was organised by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) in partnership with the Asia Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum), the Korea Environment Institute, and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD).


  • ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center (ASEIC)
  • Hanns Seidel Foundation, Jakarta Office
  • Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  • Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) - Government of Sweden
  • United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD)
Funded by the European Union

Project Updates

  • The UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) in Seoul, Korea organised a consultation meeting, “Expert Consultation on Knowledge and Capacity Needs for Sustainability Transition” (6-8 March). During the meeting, representatives of the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) shared their experiences and expertise on capacity-building in relation to the latest debates on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) creation.

    More than 100 experts, including 50 delegations from developing countries participated in the meeting. The consultation adapted a framework for action based on the recommendations from the participants. This framework focused on encouraging the inclusion of the following: knowledge-management and capacity-building in sustainable development strategy and planning; the need for updated data on sustainable development actors, activities, resources and networks; and an emphasis on an integrated approach to sustainability challenges in anticipation of the creation and adoption of SDGs.

    The event was organised by UNOSD in partnership with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) representing the ENVforum, the Korea Environment Institute, and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD).

    Prior to the consultation, the ENVforum also organised a research coordination meeting as part of it’s research initiative on Sustainable Development Goals Creation in ASEM Countries.

  • The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) will partner with the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) to organise the workshop, “Expert Consultation on Knowledge and Capacity Needs for Sustainable Development in Post Rio+20 Era” in Incheon, Republic of Korea (from 6-8 March 2013).

    The workshop will explore the technical and policy knowledge and capacities needed to foster the transition towards sustainability. The discussions will have special emphasis on three thematic areas namely - water management, energy access, and sustainable agriculture.

    The ENVforum will provide financial support to experts from ASEM member countries to attend the workshop. During the event, the ENVforum will share its experience on capacity building in the field of sustainable development, which will be followed by a Panel on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Other partners in this initiative are the Korea Environment Institute and United Nations Centre for Regional Development.

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