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Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF) 2015

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17-19 November 2015 Grazyna Pulawska Political and Economic Department Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Sustainable Development



Venue:
Incheon, Republic of Korea

The United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) hosted the second annual Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF) from 17-19 November 2015 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The SDTF serves as a global platform for sharing knowledge in the formulation and implementation of sustainability programmes, reviewing evidence of impact and charting new and improved pathways for implementation. The SDTF, under this platform, brought together government representatives of developed and developing countries, civil society groups, United Nations and other international organizations, academic institutions, independent policy think tanks and sustainable development networks.

 

The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) has been an active contributor to this forum since the SDTF's inception in 2014. This year, the ENVforum was in charge of a session entitled “International Workshop on Guidance for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.  This Workshop discussed guidance for mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda into national development plans and tailoring SDGs to national contexts, including guidance on financing and governance issues related to SDG implementation. The Workshop also featured the UNDG’s new MAPS strategy for Mainstreaming, Acceleration, and Policy Support. Participants from all three workshops featured in the SDTF were brought together in opening and closing plenary sessions to share key insights on integrated approaches and tools for sustainable development.

Project Updates

  • The 2nd Annual Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF) took place on 17-19 November 2015 in Incheon, Korea and was hosted by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD). At this event, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)’s Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) co-organised the International Workshop on Guidance for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This workshop brought in experts and policy-makers involved in sustainable development to discuss challenges related to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Opening remarks at the workshop included a speech from Mr YOON Jong Soo, Head of the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development, who said, “This is an ideal time to be hosting this Forum with the historic agreement made by nation states in the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, and the upcoming agreement in COP21 in December 2015.” Mr SUNG Soo Jun, Vice Mayor of the Incheon Metropolitan City, stated, “Today will provide a momentum for all of us and the international community to tackle environmental issues and promote sustainable development.” Ms Grażyna PUŁAWSKA, Project Manager of the Political and Economic Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), stressed, “Sustainable development is something that we will implement together, step by step.”

    The ENVforum has actively cooperated with UNOSD in the SDTF since its inception in 2012. At the event in Korea, the ENVforum contributed to the International Workshop on Guidance for Implementing The 2030 Agenda and SDGsand discussed guidance for mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda into national development plans and tailoring SDGs to national contexts. These contexts included guidance on financing and governance issues related to SDG implementation. The workshop also featured the UN’s new MAPS strategy for Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support.

    Members of the ENVforum, Ms Dora ALMASSY, Researcher, Central European University, and Ms PUŁAWSKA from ASEF, presented the research results included in its latest publication, Who will Pay for Sustainable Development Goals? Addressing Development Challenges in ASEM Countries.

  • Sustainable Development Transition Forum

    Published on 03 Nov 2015

    The 2nd Annual Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF) will take place on 17-19 November 2015 in Incheon, Korea and will be hosted by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD). At this event the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)’s Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) will organise a workshop on “International Workshop on Guidance for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” for experts and policy-makers involved in sustainable development. The workshop will focus on challenges related to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The ENVforum has actively cooperated with UNOSD in the SDTF since its inception. At the upcoming event in Korea, the ENVforum will organise one of the 3 workshops included in the SDTF, and discuss guidance for mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda into national development plans and tailoring SDGs to national contexts. These contexts will include guidance on financing and governance issues related to SDG implementation.

    On behalf of the ENVforum, Ms Dora ALMASSY, Researcher, Central European University, and Mr Thierry SCHWARZ, Director for ASEF’s Political and Economic Department, will present the research results included in its latest publication “Who will Pay for Sustainable Development Goals? Addressing Development Challenges in ASEM Countries”. 

Partners

  • Hanns Seidel Foundation
  • Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  • Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) - Government of Sweden
  • ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center (ASEIC)
  • United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD)
ASEF's contribution is with the financial support of the European Commission.