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Sustainable Development Goals for Asia and Europe: Delivery Options for the 2030 Agenda

ENVforum Conference 2016

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19-20 October 2016 Grazyna Pulawska Political and Economic Department Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Sustainable Development & Environment



Venue:
Stockholm, Sweden

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) marked a significant turning point in the global development framework. Now, more than ever, international cooperation and strong partnerships will be central to the success of the development agenda. The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) contributed to this global effort by bridging Asian and European perspectives in sustainable development through a conference on SDGs entitled, "Sustainable Development Goals for Asia and Europe: Delivery Options for Agenda 2030." 

This conference was jointly organised by ASEF and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and was supported by the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) consortium. The conference took place on 19-20 October 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden and gathered policy-makers and development experts from Asia and Europe involved in the SDGs process. The conference contributed to national preparations for SDG implementation and monitoring, as well as supporting multi-stakeholder, regional and international dialogue and knowledge exchange on mainstreaming the SDGs into national development planning.

The conference used participatory methods to achieve its objectives and build on active involvement and expert input. The conference included guidance presentations on SDGs implementation and monitoring, formal country presentations by representatives from Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) member states on their experience in implementing SDGs, as well as plenary discussions on various aspects of SDG implementation.

 

 

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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.

Project Updates

  • Over 90 policy-makers, experts and representatives from civil society organisations from 31 ASEM[1] countries participated in the conference, “Sustainable Development Goals for Asia and Europe: Delivery Options for the 2030 Agenda”, 19-20 October 2016, in Stockholm, Sweden. The event was co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

    One of the key challenges that people working to promote SDGs in Asia and Europe face is the lack of awareness on how different countries are developing national SDGs’ implementation plan. This conference provided a platform to stakeholders from governments and civil society to exchange their ideas and benefit from Asian and European perspectives on implementation and monitoring of SDGs,” said Ambassador ZHANG Yan, Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) at the opening of the conference.

    Participants discussed issues such as: how evidence-based science could influence policy and support stronger governance; how youth and civil societies could wield enormous power to make choices and to affect positive and sustainable changes; and how the private sector could be integrated as a critical player in bringing about better lives for all.


    [1] The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an intergovernmental forum for dialogue and cooperation established in 1996 to deepen relations between Asia and Europe, which addresses political, economic and socio-cultural issues of common concern. ASEM brings together 53 Partners (30 European and 21 Asian countries, the European Union, and the ASEAN Secretariat). www.aseminfoboard.org

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) will organise a conference, Sustainable Development Goals for Asia and Europe: Delivery Options for Agenda 2030, 19-20 October 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. The event will be supported by the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) consortium.

    This 2-day conference will gather policy-makers, development experts, and other relevant stakeholders from Asia and Europe involved in the SDGs process. The discussions will contribute to national preparations for SDGs implementation and monitoring. It will also support multi-stakeholder, regional and international dialogue and knowledge exchange on mainstreaming SDGs into national development planning.

    The conference provides a participatory platform for representatives from Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) partners to share their experiences in implementing SDGs. There will also be plenary discussions on various aspects of SDGs implementation. A roundtable session to discuss the role of academia, business, civil society, and youth in the implementation of SDGs will be a part of the event.