Seventh South - East Asia Multi-Stakeholder Forum "Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and Eradicating Poverty in Times of Multiple Crises: The Effective Delivery of Sustainable, Resilient, and Innovative Solutions in Asia- Pacific" and Associated Events
Southeast Asia is characterized by rich cultural diversity and rapid economic growth. However, it also faces significant development challenges, including food insecurity, healthcare disparities, climate change impact, governance issues, and the need for effective partnerships to derive sustainable change. In this context, digital innovation emerges as a promising tool for the region of Southeast Asia to catalyze progress and accelerate sustainable development efforts. The region can advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by leveraging digital innovation and creating sustainable solutions that address local challenges.
In preparation for the 2024 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development review of SDGs 1 (No Poverty), 2(Zero Hunger), 13 (Climate Action), 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions), and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), focusing on eradicating poverty while addressing the impacts of multiple crises. This Forum is part of a series of five sub-regional forums taking a holistic approach towards addressing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the new global environment and delivering urgent near-term action.
The Forum will highlight salient points emanating from the discussions and aims to foster the development of partnerships to overcome challenges and achieve the countries’ sustainable development aspirations, positively impacting the environment, society, and economy.
The primary objective of this initiative is to enhance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia by adopting innovative, resilient, and sustainable solutions to eradicate poverty, counter the impacts of crises, and promote regional cooperation for a better future.
The Forum aims to achieve the following outcomes:
- Innovative Social Safety Nets: Implement innovative and technology-driven social safety net programs to ensure vulnerable populations have access to essential services, healthcare, and education. Leveraging digital solutions for efficient targeting and delivery of social assistance.
- Knowledge sharing and learning: Facilitate the exchange of knowledge and best practices among Southeast Asian countries, leading to a deeper understanding of how digital innovation can be harnessed to achieve SDGs.
- Partnership development: Stimulate partnerships between governments, private sector actors, academia, and civil society organizations to collaborate on impactful projects with the potential for scalable, sustainable outcomes.
- Policy recommendations: generate evidence-based policy recommendations to guide governments and regional organizations in creating an enabling environment for digital innovation and sustainable development.
In conclusion, the Asia-Pacific region, including Southeast Asia, is not on track to achieve any of the 17 SDGs by 2030. Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises requires the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient, and innovative solutions in the region. Achieving the SDGs in Southeast Asia will require strong partnerships, targeted investments, and a commitment to sustainable development. The outcomes and recommendations derived from the Forum will feed into regional and global processes, including the annual Asia-Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development (APFSD) and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
Link to our associated events:
SDG Partnership Session (By invitation only)
Southeast Asia 2024 Voluntary National Reviews Clinic (By invitation only)
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