Sub-regional Advocacy Workshop on MDGs for South-East Asia

24 Jun 2014 to 26 Jun 2014
Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

ESCAP/ADB/UNDP Regional Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Partnership will organize the next Sub-regional Advocacy Workshop on MDGs in South-East Asia in Vientiane from 24-26 June 2014. This workshop will be organized in cooperation with the Government of Lao PDR. It constitutes the advocacy work that has been carried out by the three partners in support of accelerated achievement of the MDGs in Asia and the Pacific region.

The latest ESCAP/ADB/UNDP Regional MDG Report summarizes recent progress in the Asia-Pacific region towards the achievement of the and presents some perspectives on the post-2015 development agenda as part of the global as well as regional dialogue on the next internationally agreed development agenda which is likely to succeed the MDGs after 2015. Launched in September 2013 in Bangkok, the publication also provides some guiding principles for a successor framework, noting that the post 2015 agenda should be a transformative agenda that encompasses all three dimensions of sustainable development.

The report finds that Asia-Pacific region as a whole has made considerable progress in achieving the MDGs, but is of-track in several areas including hunger, health, and sanitation. The report also shows that there are significant variations in realizing the MDGs both within as well as countries and sub-regions. At the current pace of progress, MDGs will remain an unfinished agenda with new, emerging and persistent development challenges facing the region. The region also faces many new threats including rising inequality, unplanned urbanization, increased incidence and severity of natural disasters, climate change consequences and environmental pressures such as pollution, increased stress on natural resources and water scarcity.

Soon after the publication and launch of the above publication, the ESCAP/ADB/UNDP Regional MDGs Partnership initiated preparatory work for the next and final publication under the current phase of the partnership. This publication, likely to be published and launched in September 2015 to coincide with the final global deliberations on the post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals will focus on three inter-related implementation issues, namely (a) financing the post-2015 development agenda; (b) technology transfer, innovations and trade facilitation; and (c) data and information for supporting the post-2015 development agenda. The publication will also discuss innovative and regional cooperation measures for supporting the realization of the post-2015 development agenda and SDGs.

The key objectives of the sub-regional advocacy workshop to be organized in Vientiane are as follows:
(a) To disseminate the key findings and messages of the publication, Asia-Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda with a particular focus on the progress achieved by the countries in South-East Asia;
(b) To discuss some of the critical implementation issues in realizing the post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals and how regional and global cooperation could support the implementation of a post 2015 Development Agenda in Asia-Pacific. Implementation issues to be addressed in this workshop include financing the post-2015 development agenda, technology, innovations and trade facilitation, and data and information in realizing the vision of a transformative agenda.

The advocacy workshop in Vientiane will also facilitate enhanced sub-regional cooperation by sharing information and relevant good practices in achieving the MDGs and discuss how an integrated ASEAN after 2015 can contribute to realizing the goals of sustainable development, including the effective integration of the 3 LDCs into AEC 2015.