ISAP2015 Parallel Session

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia: A Discussion on National Readiness

This parallel session brings together experts and policymakers to discuss how countries can institute the right conditions for SDG implementation. It will be organized in Davos Style – as informal but informative discussion among participants.

The session will start with two short framing presentations. The panel of experts and policy makers will then offer their views on what countries will need to do to get ready to take action on the SDGs. We can expect a facilitated but open and critical discussion on what practical actions can be taken in the short run, and how different types of state and non-state actors can assist readying countries to take action on the SDGs.



The Monash SDGs project
Dave Griggs,
Professor of Sustainable Development, Monash University and Warwick University
PDF (585KB)
Mainstreaming, Challenges and Opportunities to Localize SDGs: Indonesian Experiences
Arum Atmawikarta,
Executive Secretary, National MDGs Secretariat, Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), Indonesia
PDF (790KB)


Abdul Hamid Zakri, Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia / Chair, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Koji Yamada, Senior Advisor to the Director General, Operations Strategy, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Shiv Someshwar, Earth Institute, Columbia University
SDGs and National Readiness
Thierry Schwarz,
Director, Political and Economic Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
PDF (461KB)


Tetsuya Ishii, Principal Research Director / Principal Fellow, IGES


Challenges for the SDGs (after September)
Norichika Kanie,
Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University / Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
PDF (323KB)
Date & Time28 July 2015, 15:55-17:25LanguageEnglish /Japanese
VenueRoom503, Pacifico Yokohama Conference CenterSession No.PL-1


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