Themes

The regional report is being organized around five themes:

Drivers of environmental trends: Lessons for a transformative development agenda

Asian and Pacific perspectives on prospects for achieving the SDGs within planetary boundaries will be explored, reviewing environmental trends and their drivers in the region, thereby identifying key areas for action.

The scientific community and other civil society stakeholders are invited to provide their scientific and "on the ground" perspectives on how planetary limits are impacting their environments, societies and communities, and to and engage in the debate on key areas for action.

Resources
Regional views on challenges facing natural resource use in the region and how to overcome them.
Green Schools
Minister of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia and President of UNEA, Oyun Sanjaasuren, talks about the most urgent green transformation challenge for Mongolia.

Structural barriers to transformation

This theme will identify the structural barriers to sustainability in the region. Key issues that will be examined include market failures, risk and uncertainty (including political and policy uncertainty), and the lack of attention to social justice and other key principles impacts progress; the critical role of political leadership and governance failures, and the implications and manifestations of path dependency.

Think tanks in particular are invited to contribute their analyses on the fundamental reasons why it is so difficult for environmental protection, inclusive social progress and economic dynamism to be achieved simultaneously, and perspectives on structural transformations needed to achieve sustainable development.

Structural barriers
Discussing the structural barriers to sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.
Local consumption
Roli Mahajan, Volunteer from UN Major Group for Children and Youth in India, on case of young people being educated to sustain themselves on local production and consumption.
Regional Approaches
Regional Director and Representative of UNEP, Kaveh Zahedi, discusses the various approaches adopted by various countries in the Asia Pacific region.

A green transformation: Foundation for successful SDG implementation

While positive policy changes towards reconciling economic growth and environment begin to take root, the region as a whole is dealing with legacies of a development pattern that is ecologically unsustainable and often socially unjust. Five elements of “green transformations” needed to set the region on a sustainable development path are proposed: (i) transformations for development justice; (ii) resource efficiency and productivity transformation; (iii) economic structure transformation; (iv) investment flows transformation; and (v) mindset transformation.

All stakeholders are invited to share their views on practical ways in which these transformations can be made and scaled up at the national level and across countries, keeping in mind the structural barriers to transformation.

Governance
Describing the governance reforms that need to take place to achieve transformation.
Bhutan Public Policy
Ambassador of Bhutan to Thailand, Kesang Wangdi, on his country's policy towards pursuing sustainable development.

Re-orienting the incentive system to mobilize investments in transformation

This theme focuses attention on a key structural barrier: underinvestment in socially inclusive and ecologically sound economic development. The root causes of this underinvestment will be investigated and the required reforms in prices, regulations, and standards to facilitate the flow of investments to sectors that will lead to transformation will be proposed.

All stakeholders are invited to contribute their perspectives. Examples of market reforms and innovative financing mechanisms to boost investments in people and planet are encouraged.

Renewable Energy
Privyanthi Fernando, Senior Researcher at the Center for Poverty Analysis in Sri Lanka, discusses the inability of the current system to capture the real cost of fossil fuels.

Contributing Pieces

Operationalizing transformation: Way Forward

How might transformation be implemented? Collective regional action is required to overcome the fear of countries that unilateral action will diminish their economic competitiveness by being an early mover. The Way Forward will examine how to forge a stronger framework for regional cooperation by examining the regional dimension of capacity building, development and transfer of environmentally-sound technologies, and partnerships in the context of the ongoing global deliberations.

All stakeholders are invited to share their perspectives, in particular those whose work has regional scope.

Regional Cooperation
Discussing regional cooperation in supporting and unifying sustainable development across Asia and the Pacific.