“Leaving no one behind” in the Asia-Pacific region

27 Mar 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

The commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ is a key feature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, yet its centrality to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is not well recognised or understood. The theme for this year’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’, presents an opportunity to focus on groups and individuals that have been left behind – or at risk of being left behind – and typically struggle to recover from shocks, which can often reverse gains made on human development indicators.
To this end, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) are co-organizing a workshop on the theme of ‘Leave No One Behind’ as a pre-event to the fifth session of the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD). This workshop will discuss practical measures to implement the commitment to leave no one behind enshrined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This workshop will engage government representatives, civil society partners, and others working on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific in understanding the concept of ‘leave no one behind’ and discussing approaches, challenges and constraints to achieving this aim across key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This workshop will explore the following key questions:
• What do we mean by ‘leaving no one behind’?
• How is ‘leave no one behind’ approached at the country level in relation to the 2030 Agenda?
• How can policies on building resilience ensure that no one is left behind?
• What are the key constraints to making faster progress on leaving no one behind?