Description

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) intentionally place a greater emphasis on environmental issues than the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). However, whether that attention translates into meaningful action depends on how effectively policymakers integrate the environment dimensions of the SDGs into development policies, plans, and programs. In 2017, ADB initiated a technical assistance (TA) project (TA 9245) to equip policymakers with the knowledge and tools to integrate select environment-related goals (SDGs 12, 14, and 15) and targets into their development plans, policies and programs.

On February 21-22, 2018,  ADB in collaboration with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Environment, will hold a Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Strengthening the Environment Dimensions of the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific. The workshop is timely since two environment-related goals (SDGs 12 and 15) will come under review at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2018 and it is likely that many countries will increase attention on their implementation.

The workshop has two main objectives: (i) to share the preliminary results and findings of the TA’s regional stocktaking on the implementation of select environment-related goals (SDGs 12, 14, and 15) and targets in 15 countries from Asia and the Pacific, and (ii) to reflect on next steps to strengthen the implementation of the environment dimensions of the SDGs through national development policies, plans and programs. To achieve these objectives, policymakers from target countries will (i) present and discuss on the integration of select environment-related goals (SDGs 12, 14, and 15) and targets into their national policies, plans and programs; (ii) discuss the tools and methods they use to support that integration; and (iii) share experiences, issues and challenges encountered.

The workshop will be divided into four parts:

  1. Country perspectives on integration of select environment-related goals (SDGs 12, 14, and 15) and targets,
  2. Addressing issues and challenges faced,
  3. Regional initiatives, and
  4. Innovative tools and approaches for integrating the environment dimensions of the SDGs.

Objectives

The workshop will provide a platform to:

  • Exchange experiences and discuss issues and challenges encountered in implementing the environment dimensions of the SDGs.
  • Present and validate the preliminary results and findings of the TA’s regional stocktaking on select environment-related goals (SDGs 12, 14, and 15) and targets, whilst creating opportunities for cross-country learning and knowledge sharing.
  • Identify tools and methods that can be used for integrating the environment dimensions of the SDGs into national and local contexts.

The focus on the environment dimensions of the SDGs will also help countries identify opportunities for investments in sustainable infrastructure and resource conservation (SDG12) and natural resource management (SDGs 14 and 15), while helping to deliver co-benefits for climate change mitigation and adaptation (SDG 13) and other goals with direct or indirect interlinkages to environment.

Target participants

More than 40 senior government officials from ministries of national planning, economic affairs, finance, environment, natural resources, and other relevant agencies in Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Georgia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, the Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam, as well as senior policy makers, international experts, and representatives from academia and civil society involved in environmental sustainability and planning.

How to register

By invitation only.

Event organizers/Partners

UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and UN Environment

Event Contact

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