Despite the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, ASEAN, UN ESCAP and their partners have continued to work together to advance sustainable development cooperation in the region by enhancing the Complementarities Initiative and implementing the Complementarities Roadmap (2020-2025). The Roadmap covers 5 priority areas, namely (1) poverty eradication, (2) infrastructure and connectivity, (3) sustainable management of natural resources, (4) sustainable consumption and production and (5) resilience as well as capacity-building.
The COVID-19 crisis has also prompted us to find ways to “build back better” where sustainability and sustainable development are key in a post-COVID world, especially when our most vulnerable groups have been hardest hit by the pandemic. In this regard, COVID-19 recovery efforts and the SDGs can be pursued together. This is clearly reflected in the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework adopted by ASEAN Leaders at the 37th ASEAN Summit in November 2020 as well as the ASEAN-UN Plan of Action 2021-2025 adopted by the ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting in October 2020.
In moving forward, it is critical to enhance partnerships for sustainable development – not only between States and international organisations but also among all sectors in society through “Public-Private-People Partnerships”. Given the difficult global economic environment, it is also crucial to find innovative ways in effectively mobilising and utilising resources to attain the SDGs. The ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue (ACSDSD) can also provide institutional support for the coordination of the implementation of the Complementarities Roadmap.
In this session, ASEAN Member States, UN agencies and external partners will review the progress made on the promotion of the Complementarities Initiative. Participants can also elaborate on their actions and approaches for the effective implementation of the Complementarities Roadmap as well as joint efforts in addressing and recovering from the impacts of COVID-19 in this Decade of Action for SDGs. Furthermore, concrete project ideas, including those to be undertaken with the ACSDSD, will be shared as ways forward in enhancing sustainable development cooperation in the region.
(A) Progress on implementing actions under the Complementarities Initiative
- Mr. Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand (Co-Chair)
- Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP (Co-Chair)
- Update on the progress of the Complementarities Initiative including in the context of the ASEAN-UN Plan of Action 2021-2025 by Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP
- Update on ASEAN’s undertakings to promote sustainable development by Mr. Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community
- Update on the overall implementation of the Complementarities Roadmap (2020 -2025) and the work of the ACSDSD by Mr. Narong Sasitorn, Executive Director of the ACSDSD
(B) Effective implementation of the Complementarities Roadmap (2020-2025) in light of COVID-19 challenges (Each speaker has allotted time of 5 minutes.)
- Presentations by ASEAN Member States, UN agencies, and external partners
- Advancing sustainable development cooperation under the current ASEAN Chairmanship theme “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper”
- Mr. Garry Ibrahim, Director-General of the Department of ASEAN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darussalam
- Improving the standard of living and well-being of peoples through sustainable job creation and human capital development
- Mr. Ke Yousheng, Permanent Representative of China to ESCAP
- Mr. Jaco Cilliers, Manager of UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub
Infrastructure and Connectivity
- Promoting sustainable socio-economic development through quality infrastructure and connectivity
- Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of Embassy of Japan
- Ms. Birgit Hansl, Country Manager for Thailand, the World Bank
Sustainable Management of Natural Resources
- Combatting marine debris and plastic waste as well as ensuring ocean sustainability
- Mr. Jens Frølich Holte, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway
- Mr. Jerker Tamelander, Coordinator, Secretariat of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA), UNEP
Sustainable Consumption and Production
- Promoting dialogue on sustainable consumption and production as well as circular economy
- Mr. Jean-Louis Ville, Director for Middle East, Asia and Pacific, Directorate-General for International Partnerships, European Commission
- Enhancing regional resilience and tackling climate change in view of the upcoming COP 26
- Ms. Tosca Barucco, Minister and Italy’s Special Envoy for COP26
- Mr. Markus Werne, Head of UN OCHA’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
- Mr. Johannes Matyassy, Deputy State Secretary, Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Cross Cutting Area: Capacity Building
- Empowering women and gender equality in ASEAN
- Mr. Mohammad Naciri, Regional Director of UN Women for Asia and the Pacific
- Promoting partnership for sustainable development through research and dialogue
- H.E. Mr. Narong Sasitorn, Executive Director of the ACSDSD
Open floor, including Q&A, for other participants.