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Bangkok - 30 Mar 2020

ESCAP hosted a series of 7 virtual consultations for the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), to be held on the 20th May. From 30th March-8th April 2020, 290 participants attended the webinar series, including 101 ESCAP member States representatives and 189 representatives of other stakeholder groups.

The webinars helped to build understanding on progress on the SDGs and to agree on recommendations for accelerating transformations in the context of COVID-19.  The opening webinar held on 30 March 2020 set the scene for a series of stimulating and interactive events with rich and frank exchange of views.

Webinars were also organised in partnership with 13 UN Agencies on the six transformative entry areas from the Global Sustainable Development report 2019: “The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development”, adapted to the Asia Pacific context.

These six entry points have the potential to leverage interlinkages and accelerate progress across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals globally and used the following Entry Point Profiles:

  1. Human well-being and capabilities
  2. Sustainable and just economies
  3. Food systems and nutrition patterns
  4. Enhancing power grid connectivity to achieve affordable and clean energy for All
  5. Urban and peri-urban development
  6. Global environmental commons

The outcome of these virtual consultations include priority policy action for accelerating transformation in Asia and the Pacific and will support discussions at the 7th APFSD. They include a set of recommendations that were deemed particularly important in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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