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The SDG Dialogues

As countries seek to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it has never been more important to consider how ADB can support the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda. ADB supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through direct financing, technical assistance, capital mobilization, knowledge sharing and partnerships. Yet there is much more to be done, and much to learn from ongoing efforts.

The SDG Dialogues engage senior ADB management and global experts to reflect on challenges and opportunities for SDG attainment in the region at this critical time.

The SDG Dialogues - SDG Impact: New Approaches to Measurement and Alignment

2 December 2021, Online via Zoom, 4:30 p.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

Description

The SDGs provide a comprehensive framework of goals and targets that challenge all countries, organizations, and investors to measure their impact on people and the planet. A growing range of tools, standards, and initiatives to support investors to rise to this challenge have been developed in recent years.

Developing consistent, credible, and comparable accepted SDG impact measurement and management standards can play a vital role in mobilizing and catalyzing the financing needed to realize the SDGs. 

Objectives

This edition of the SDG Dialogues will bring together leading experts to discuss evolving practices in impact management for the SDGs, including ADB’s own efforts to align with the SDGs.

Target participants

Policy makers in Asia and the Pacific; private sector investors; researchers in academia and think tanks; members of the international development community; ADB Board, Management, and staff.

Resource speakers

Opening remarks

Ingrid van Wees

Ingrid van Wees
Vice-President for Finance and Risk Management, ADB

Speakers

Olivia Prentice

Olivia Prentice
Chief Operating Officer and Head of Content
Impact Management Project

Fabienne Michaux

Fabienne Michaux
SDG Impact, United Nations Development Programme

Shami Nissan

Shami Nissan
Head of Sustainability, Actis

Craig Roberts

Craig Roberts
Advisor, Private Sector Operations Department, ADB

Closing remarks

Tomoyuki Kimura

Tomoyuki Kimura
Director General, Strategy, Policy, and Partnerships Department, ADB

Moderator 

Smita Nakhooda

Smita Nakhooda
Senior Results Management Specialist, ADB

How to join

Register now for the event.   

You will receive a confirmation email with the event details upon registering. 

Costs

Free event

Event organizers and partners

Asian Development Bank

SDG Localization: Recovery for the 2030 Agenda

1 December 2021, Online via Zoom, 3:30 p.m., Manila time (GMT +8)

Description

Local governments have been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 and played a key role in responding to the critical needs and providing basic services to their citizens. ADB’s developing member countries increasingly recognize that many of the roadblocks to achieving the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific can only be addressed by providing increased and focused support to local governments.

Empowering local governments to implement the SDGs addresses recognized needs for (i) strong legal frameworks with clear functional assignments and authorities among government tiers; (ii) enabling fiscal frameworks and financing mechanisms, (iii) strengthening operational efficiencies of local public institutions through digitization of systems and capacity development; (iv) improved data collection and management system; (v) partnerships with private sector, civil society organizations, and development partners, and (vi) platforms for knowledge sharing and effective coordination.

Objectives

This high-level event will highlight ongoing efforts to support local action to implement the SDGs, and opportunities for multilateral institutions to foster these emerging initiatives. This interactive exchange will include representatives from ADB’s UN partners, notably ESCAP and UNDP, as well as city and local government leaders from the Asia-Pacific region, civil society, academia, and subject-matter experts.

Target participants

Policy makers in Asia and the Pacific; private sector investors; researchers in academia and think tanks; members of the international development community; ADB Board, Management, and staff.

Resource speakers

Introduction

Xiaohong Yang

Xiaohong Yang
Chief, Thematic Cluster, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB

Remarks

Bambang Susantono

Bambang Susantono
Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Executive Secretary, UN ESCAP

Christophe Bahuet

Christophe Bahuet
Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP

Speakers

Sergio Lugaresi

Sergio Lugaresi
Executive Director, ADB

M. Anilkumar

M. Anilkumar
Mayor of Kochi Municipal Corporation, Chairperson of the Mayors’ Chamber Kerala, India

Bernard Faustino Dy

Bernard Faustino Dy
Mayor of Cauayan City, Isabela, Philippines

Hayk Marutyan

Hayk Marutyan
Mayor of Yerevan, Armenia

Nasruddin Djoko Surjono

Nasruddin Djoko Surjono
Head, Bappeda, DKI Jakarta Province, Indonesia

Bernadia Tjandradewi

Bernadia Tjandradewi
Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments, Asia-Pacific Chapter

Hashimoto Toru

Hashimoto Toru
Director General International Affairs Bureau, City of Yokohama, Japan

Takeharu Yamanaka

Takeharu Yamanaka
Mayor of the City of Yokohama, Japan

Closing remarks

Bruno Carrasco

Bruno Carrasco
Director General concurrently Chief Compliance Officer, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB

Moderator

Rachana Shrestha

Rachana Shrestha
Public Management Specialist, ADB

How to join

Register now for the event. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Costs

Free event

Event organizers and partners

Asian Development Bank

The SDG Dialogues - Private Investment in the SDGs

7 July 2021, online via Zoom, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8)

Description 

The imperative to create new incentives to direct private investment to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has never been clearer. The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened progress on the SDGs across all countries and added to existing financing gaps for the 2030 Agenda, especially in developing countries. Achieving the SDGs requires steering private capital towards investments that can advance progress on the Goals. Private sector interest and focus on SDG aligned investment has surged, including new financial mechanisms in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Objectives

ADB’s second SDG Dialogue will explore the drivers of private sector investment in the SDGs and opportunities to channel investment to SDG related sectors. The discussion will focus on:  

  • How private investors are taking on the SDG financing challenge.  
  • Opportunities to scale up private sector investing for the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific.  
  • ADB’s work in promoting and incentivizing private sector financing in the SDGs in the region.  

Target participants 

Policy makers in Asia and the Pacific; private sector investors; researchers in academia and think tanks; members of the international development community; ADB Board, Management, and staff. 

How to register 

Register now to join via Zoom.

Program

Speakers   

Naina Batra

Naina Batra 
CEO and Chair, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network  

Suzanne Gaboury

Suzanne Gaboury 
Director General, Private Sector Operations Department, Asian Development Bank

Ramesh Subramaniam

Ramesh Subramaniam
Director General, Southeast Asia Regional Department, ADB

Emily Woodland

Emily Woodland
Managing Director Co-Head, BlackRock Sustainable Investing Asia Pacific

Closing remarks

Ashok Lavasa

Ashok Lavasa
Vice President for Private Sector Operations and Public Private Partnerships, Asian Development Bank

Moderator

Smita Nakhooda

Smita Nakhooda 
Senior Results Management Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Participants may be invited to ask questions in advance to inform the moderator’s approach. Interactive polling may also be used to enable audience participation. 

Background material

The SDG Dialogues - A Decade of Action: Enabling the SDGs

7 April 2021, Online via Zoom, 2:00 p.m., Manila time (GMT+8)

Description

With less than a decade left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the COVID-19 pandemic has set back the region’s progress.  As the Asia and Pacific region recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to focus on the SDGs. In 2021 ADB launched its first corporate report articulating its support for the SDGs, and highlighting how its financing, knowledge, and partnerships advance the agenda. This interactive dialogue will explore ADB’s support for member countries in their challenging journey towards achieving the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

This webinar is the first in a series of SDG Dialogues that ADB is convening in 2021 to foster exchange on this critical agenda with ADB management and staff, and global leaders.

Objectives

This seminar will reflect on ADB’s efforts to support the SDGs, and opportunities to help developing member countries accelerate progress on the Goals as they recover from the COVID 19 pandemic. The discussion will focus on:

  • The need to support green, resilient, inclusive and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that aligns with the SDGs. 
  • ADB’s response to the SDGs through financing, technical assistance, and knowledge.
  • Opportunities to innovate for and deepen support for SDG implementation. 

Target participants

Policy makers in Asia and the Pacific; researchers in academia and think tanks; members of the international development community; ADB's Board, Management, and staff.

How to register

Registration is closed.

Program

Opening keynote

Masatsugu Asakawa

Masatsugu Asakawa
President
Asian Development Bank

Panelists

Helen Clark

Helen Clark
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and
Administrator of UNDP

Bredina Drollet

Bredina Drollet
Director’s Advisor
Asian Development Bank

Roger Fischer

Roger Fischer
Executive Director
Asian Development Bank

Bambang Susantono

Bambang Susantono
Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development
Asian Development Bank