The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) has been an active contributor to the annual Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF) since its inception in 2014. This year, the forum will take place from 31 October to 2 November 2017 in Incheon, Korea, hosted by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD).
SDTF 2017 aims to bridge the 2017 High Level Political Forum’s (HLPF) thematic focus of “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” with the 2018 HLPF focus on “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”, bringing special attention to SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption), and SDG 15 (Life on Land).
The objective of SDTF 2017 is to achieve a better understanding of successes, lessons, and specific mechanisms for initiating and fostering the profound transformation that is urgently needed to make our societies sustainable and resilient, as expressed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While discussing the specific thematic foci and selected SDGs of the 2017 and 2018 HLPFs, the forum will seek to achieve the right balance between the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development throughout the Forum’s sessions.
This year, ENVforum will be focusing on the 4th session on SDGs and Finance, building on its annual conference held in September 2017 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The session will discuss emerging challenges towards financing the SDGs and explore opportunities for collaborative approaches.
SDTF 2017 will welcome more than 100 international participants from governments, UN agencies, think tanks, development banks, and academic institutions.