The ASEAN Charter recognises the importance of sustainable development and provides guidance for ASEAN member states to ensure sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations. The development of the ASEAN Vision 2025 and its three Blueprints have been informed and influenced by global frameworks and commitments, including the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Building on two previous symposiums, the ASEAN-China-UNDP Symposium on Localising the SDGs and Realising Poverty Eradication will continue promoting implementation of the SDGs in ASEAN in the context of complementarities between the ASEAN Vision 2025 and the SDGs. This symposium will elaborate ways forward to mainstream the SDGs at regional and sub-national levels.
The Symposium is being organised by the ASEAN Secretariat in cooperation with China and UNDP and is being held on 20-21 August 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It will bring together senior government officials in charge of implementing the SDGs in ten ASEAN Member States as well as experts from international organisations, development partners, non-governmental organisations, civil society and the private sector.
On the agenda of the symposium are group discussions called “Under the Sun, Under the Tree” where local communities will interact directly with symposium participants to present their voices to the policy makers. The discussions will also provide participants with information on mainstreaming the SDGs at community level.
Other topics such as gender mainstreaming, disaster risk reduction, sustainable livelihood for farmers and entrepreneurs, and capacity building for workforce and local officers will also be discussed. Officials from selected ASEAN Member States will share best practices on certain aspects of localising SDGs, such as institutional arrangement, stakeholder engagement, monitoring/tracking, capacity and resources of local governments, and innovation.
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