ESCAP resolution 72/6 ‘Committing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific’ requests the Executive Secretary to “strengthen support to member States in their efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda in an integrated approach, inter alia, with analytical products, technical services and capacity-building initiatives through knowledge-sharing products and platforms, and to enhance data and statistical capacities”.
In addition, Member States, in the third session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) highlighted how the 2030 Agenda provides an opportunity to shift away from “business as usual” and to more effectively address multi-sectoral challenges. More holistic approaches that integrate the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development were seen as indispensable to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.
In response to this, ESCAP is holding a week dedicated to enhance understanding of the key challenges for effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals - ESCAP SDG Week. Over the course of five days, ESCAP SDG Week will facilitate dialogue amongst experts on challenges involved in effective implementation of the sustainable development agenda and tools and support available, including through ESCAP, to strengthen peer learning and capacity development to advance progress on the 2030 Agenda.
ESCAP SDG Week will make full use of already-planned Expert Group Meetings (EGMs) and events as described under the ESCAP’s programme of work for 2016-2017 by putting them under a comprehensive concept and integrated approach exploring how ESCAP might adapt policy formulation and capacity development to address the new needs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
This platform will be a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders from government, academia, the international community, civil society and the private sector and provide them with: (1) an enabling environment for knowledge sharing and engaging in technical level discussions on different aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and; (2) the opportunity to provide feedback on the support required from ESCAP and other development partners as they prepare to implement the 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development at the national level.
The 5-day event will address key aspects of the 2030 Agenda that were highlighted and discussed in the third session of the APFSD. Given their relevance and the need to foster technical expertise to respond effectively to the challenges of implementation, ESCAP SDG Week will focus on:
- The 2030 Agenda follow up and review process
- Means of implementation
- Support to countries with special needs
- Support implementation at the local level and urban governance
- Integrated approaches for SDG planning – the case of SDG 6
- Trade, investment and technology
- Youth and the 2030 Agenda
- International Investment Agreements (IIAs)
- Macroeconomic Policies and sustainable development in the region
- Agricultural trade for sustainable development
Events during ESCAP SDG WEEK
Asia-Pacific Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2016 (28 November)
Expert Group Meeting on Developing Partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals (28 November)
Launch of the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR) 2016 (29 November)
Event on Trade and the Digital Economy and the 2030 Agenda (28-29 November)
Regional Seminar on Integrated Approaches for SDG Planning: The Case of SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation (28 - 29 November)
Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing Asia-Pacific Consultation for the 2017 Annual Regional SDG Report under the ESCAP/ADB/UNDP Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership (29 November)
Workshop on Promoting Cross-border Agricultural Trade for Sustainable Development (28-30 November)
Expert Group Meeting on the regional implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action for landlocked developing countries (30 November)
ESCAP Sustainable Development Goals Week 2016: Workshop on using technology in support of Trade for Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (30 November – 01 December)
Workshop on Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asian and Pacific Cities (30 November – 01 December)
Luncheon event on From Planning to Practice: Urban Nexus as a means of implementing the 2030 Agenda (30 November)
Launch of Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016: Year-end Update (1 December 2016)
Expert Group Meeting on Macroeconomic Prospects, Policy Challenges, and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific (1 December 2016)
Expert dialogue on effective follow-up and review for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific (01 – 02 December)
Regional Seminar on International Investment Agreements (IIAs) and Sustainable Development, and the 6th Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Network (01 – 02 December)
Round table event - Youth at the Heart of the 2030 Agenda: the Case for Space (30 November – 02 December)
Luncheon event on From Planning to Practice: Urban Nexus as a means of implementing the 2030 Agenda