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28 to 29 October 2021 | By invitation only

2021 ESCAP ENEA SDGs Forum Flyer

Building back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda

ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office will virtually organize the annual North-East Asian Multistakeholder Forum on SDGs on 28 and 29 October 2021.

As a part of the preparatory process for the 9th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) and the 2022 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the Forum will provide a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders to share experiences, key challenges and opportunities for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, offering subregional inputs and perspectives for regional and global forums.

The theme of the subregional SDG Forum this year is “Building back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda”, with in-depth review of SDGs 4, 5, 14, 15 and 17, aligned with the thematic focus of the 2022 HLPF. 

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2021 ENEA SDGs Forum Session Information

28 Oct 2021
Session 1: Progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in North-East Asia and VNR

This session reflects on the impacts of the pandemic on the subregion, with government representatives presenting progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and experience of conducting a VNR. The session will also highlight the roles of Civil Society Organizations, local authorities, and UN Country Teams in collaboration with governments to achieve the 2030 agenda.

Moderator: Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav, Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office


  • Overview

                    Ms. Caitlin Louise Porter, Senior VNR Advisor, ESCAP

  • Government Representatives

                    Mr. Yousheng Ke, Permanent Representative of China to ESCAP
                    Mr. Atsushi Morita, Deputy Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
                    Ms. Suzanna Sumkhuu, Head, Development Policy and Planning Division, National Development Agency, Mongolia
                    Ms. Sanghee Hong, Director, Development Agenda and Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
                    Mr. Taras Pronin, Head of ECOSOC Section, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation

  • Multistakeholder Groups

                    Ms. Denise Yoon, NEA focal point of APRCEM
                    Mr. Yasushi Tamura and Ms. Hitomi Shimizu, Shimokawa Town, Hokkaido, Japan

  • UN Country Team

                    Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator in China
                    Mr. Tapan Mishra, UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia

Q&A and discussion

Session 2: Promoting quality education and empowerment of women

This session discusses inclusive measures that support vulnerable groups in facing the COVID-19 pandemic and digital divide under the areas of quality education and gender equality.

Moderator: Ms. Cai Cai, Chief, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Section, Social Development Division, ESCAP

  • Presentations

                    Ms. Hye-yeon Ahn, President, Korea Foundation for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
                    Ms. Arina Loginova, Network Coordinator of SDSN Youth Russia
                    Ms. Tungalag Dondogdulam, Coordinator of Mongolian CSOs Coalition "All for Education"
                    Mr. Khunan Jargalsaikhan, Acting Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission, Mongolia
                    Ms. Satoko Yamaguchi, Program Coordinator, YWCA of Japan and Member of Generation Equality Youth Task Force

  • Q&A and discussion
29 Oct 2021
Session 3: Enhancing sustainable management and restoration of natural resources

This session examines initiatives that rebuild the relationship between people and nature in view of climate disruption, biodiversity decline and pollution epidemic, focusing on marine protected areas and sustainable land management.

Moderator: Mr. Jong Soo Yoon, Council Member of IUCN

  • Presentations

                    Mr. Tomonori Sudo, Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
                    Mr. Jong Soo Yoon, Council Member of IUCN
                    Ms. Tsetsegdari Arildii, CEO, Mongolian Remote Sensing Society
                    Mr. Zhaohui Zhang, Professor, First Institute of Oceanography, China
                    Mr. Uk-cheol JI, President, Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM)-Tongyoung & Geoje

  • Q&A and discussion
Session 4: 2022 Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership Report

This session identifies subregional challenges and development priorities, and brainstorm cooperation measures that will support the North-East Asian subregion to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue progress toward achieving the SDGs. The discussion points will feed into the thematic priorities of and examples shared in the 2022 Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership Report.

Moderator: Ms. Juliet Nicole Braslow, Economic Affairs Officer, Countries in Special Situations Section, ESCAP

Presentation: Ms. Smita Nakhooda, Senior Results Management Specialist, ADB

Break out room arrangements
- Introduction and transition into breakout rooms

Breakout rooms
                    SDG 4: Quality education
                    SDG 5: Gender equality
                    SDG 14: Life below water
                    SDG 15: Life on land

Plenary: Reflection on discussion and key messages from break out rooms

Session 5: Subregional perspective of advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the way forward

This session highlights opportunities and challenges pertinent to the subregion to accelerate SDG implementation while building back better from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderator: Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav, Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office

  • Stakeholder statements

                    NEA Youth Statement
                    NEA CSO Statement

  • Closing remarks

for more information, please contact

Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia +82-32-458-6600 [email protected]
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