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Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals: National Implementation Challenges

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5-6 November 2015 Grazyna Pulawska Political and Economic Department Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Sustainable Development & Environment



Venue:
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

With the adoption of the post-2015 agenda at the UN Summit in New York this past September, it is important that nations begin planning effective mainstreaming of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their national policymaking. The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is contributing to this process under the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) platform to strengthen capacity among officials from Asia and Europe in the field of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda.

 

Building on this partnership, ASEF co-organised a two–day workshop on 5-6 Noveber 2015 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in conjunction with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) and the Cambodian Ministry of Environment (MOE). This workshop gathered Cambodian high level officials from ministries that are directly involved in the implementation of the post-2015 agenda, and those who were involved in the Cambodian Milennium Development Goals (CMDG) process. The workshop also welcomed officials from the Ministries of Environment of Cambodia, as well as experts working on sustainable development-related issues.

The participants benefited from the expertise of international experts, therefore fostering their understanding of current sustainable development challenges in Cambodia, and to build on Cambodia's successful experience with the CMDGs. The Workshop aimed to increase communication between the various ministries involved in the sustainable development process in order to promote collaboration on the cross-cutting issues addressed in the post-2015 agenda.

 

Project Updates

  • Cambodia has made considerable progress in economic growth and poverty reduction. As the country draws closer to middle-income status, it will be important for Cambodia’s development trajectory to be based on a foundation of sustainable development. To contribute to this effort, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) co-organised a Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 5-6 November 2015 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The event was organised in cooperation with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Viet Nam and the Cambodian Ministry of Environment (MOE) as part of the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) project series focused on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    This workshop brought together participants from various ministries in Cambodia involved in implementing the post-2015 development agenda, including the Ministry of Environment; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; the Ministry of Planning; the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training; the Ministry of Mine and Energy; and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. The workshop provided a forum for policy-makers to discuss important considerations in mainstreaming sustainable development in Cambodian policy-making in the coming years.

    Welcome remarks included a speech from Mr Thierry SCHWARZ, Director of the Political and Economic Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), who remarked that the goal of the workshop would be to discuss how Cambodia could incorporate the 17 SDGs into national policies. H E Dr Tin PONLOK, Secretary General of the National Council for Sustainable Development in the Cambodian Ministry of Environment underlined the importance of sustainable development in Cambodia’s future national planning.

    The workshop also included participatory working groups on thematic areas such as addressing climate change, improving human capital, and promoting sustainable agriculture. The working groups identified solutions in these areas to promote sustainable development in Cambodia.

    The event was also an opportunity for the ENVforum to present the findings of its upcoming publication, Who will pay for Sustainable Development Goals? Addressing Development Challenges in ASEM countries

  • The workshop on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be held on 5-6 November 2015 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The event is organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in cooperation with the Hanns Seidel Foundation’s (HSF) Viet Nam office and the Cambodian Ministry of Environment (MOE).

    The event will bring together participants from various ministries in Cambodia that are involved in implementing the post-2015 development agenda. Participants will include representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Habilitation, and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. Important sustainable development challenges that Cambodia needs to address in coming years will be raised by policy-makers and experts from the field of sustainable development.

    The workshop will include participatory working groups on important topics such as addressing climate change, improving human capital and reducing gender disparity in education. The working groups will identify and present solutions in implementing policies that would address these topics.

    The workshop will provide an opportunity to the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) to present the findings of its upcoming publication “Who will pay for Sustainable Development Goals? Addressing Development Challenges in ASEM countries”. Mr Thierry SCHWARZ, Director for ASEF’s Political and Economic Department, will raise important issues in financing the implementation of SDGs.

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Partners

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