Implementing the 2030 Agenda at the subregional level in Asia and the Pacific

27 Sep 2017 to 2 Nov 2017

The 2030 Agenda recommends that national implementation efforts be boosted through support at the global, regional and subregional levels.

At the global level, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development leads global follow up and review, convening national governments to share progress on and lessons learned via their voluntary national reports, and focusing attention on a pre-defined theme and cluster of SDGs. The theme for 2018 is Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies and the cluster of goals is: SDG 6. clean water and sanitation, SDG 7 affordable and clean energy, SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities, SDG 12 Responsible consumption, SDG 15 Life on land, and SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals.

At the regional level, the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) has been established by the governments of the region as the main forum for follow up and review at the regional level. The APFSD provides a platform for in-depth discussion on the theme of the HLPF, and builds capacity for implementation through sharing of experiences and the perspectives of multiple stakeholders. The diversity of the governments and participants at the Forum has enriched the discussions and underlined the interconnectedness of the region, as well as the opportunities for regional cooperation. The 2017 session of the APFSD resulted in agreement on a Regional Road Map for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific – to guide regional cooperation and follow up and review efforts. It also facilitated in-depth reviews of the goals reviewed by the HLPF. These reviews brought the United Nations system and key actors together to focus attention on each goal, strengthening the regional response, and contributing to important global processes including the Oceans global conference.

A strong representation of subregional challenges, experiences and solutions in implementing the 2030 Agenda is critical for a more effective response, in particular with respect to Goal 17 – Partnership for the Goals.

To ensure such representation the ESCAP secretariat, including its subregional offices in North and Central Asia, the Pacific, North-East Asia, and South and South-West Asia, will engage experts, relevant institutions and other stakeholders through the organisation of sub-regional expert meetings that will:

  • Link regional and global discussions and agreements with subregional actions and follow up and review
  • Share information on subregional implementation efforts
  • Define subregional perspectives on the global theme for the 2018 HLPF - “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,” ensuring that subregional perspectives are well-represented.

Participants, by invitation are:

  • Experts from government agencies responsible for national coordination of SDGs
  • Representatives of non-government and private sector organizations
  • Regional and sub-regional organizations
  • Other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels

For more information contact: escap-apfsd@un.org