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Opening Session

Opening Ceremony

President, IGES

State Minister of the Environment, Japan

Vice Governor, Kanagawa Prefectural Government

Managing Director, IGES

SDGs Progress in Asia and the Pacific

Having reached a consensus to tackle global issues, the international community adopted the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Three years have passed since then, and various initiatives have been implemented around the globe. However, the question remains: will we ultimately meet all of the targets?

In 2019, according to UNESCAP’s report entitled Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2019, “On its current trajectory, Asia and the Pacific will not achieve any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. To live up to the ambition of the 2030 Agenda, accelerated progress is required on all fronts.” This report also states the necessity of reversing the negative trends observed in Goals 6 (“Clean Water and Sanitation”), 8 (“Decent Work and Economic Growth”), and 12 (“Responsible Consumption and Production”) in particular. Moreover, it emphasises the pressing need to take immediate action toward Goal 13 (“Climate Action”). On top of this, the report argues that, while each region in the Asia-Pacific is undertaking its own local initiatives, the entire Asia-Pacific must strengthen its means of implementation and partnerships in order to meet the SDGs.

At this session, following a keynote speech by ESCAP, ISAP2019 participants are invited to speak about initiatives and challenges in each of their respective regions. Furthermore, participants are invited to share their views on how to achieve Goal 17, to “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.”

Note: IGES translated this report into Japanese, motivated by the importance of its central message that “Asia and the Pacific needs to accelerate progress towards all Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The Japanese translation of the report will be available at the exhibition booth during ISAP.

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)


President, IGES

Director General of TERI – The Energy & Resources Institute, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand


Executive Director, IGES