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ENVforum Annual Conference

Asia-Europe Sustainable Development Goals and Financing: No Longer Business as Usual

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6-7 September 2017 Sustainable Development & Public Health Department Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Sustainable Development

Hanoi, Viet Nam

Jointly organised by ASEF and the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Office based in Viet Nam, the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Annual Conference took place on 6-7 September in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

With the support of the ENVforum consortium, the 2-day conference provided a space for the exchange of ideas and experiences between experts, company representatives and government officials dealing with SDGs.

The conference was designed to promote exchange on regional and international levels and present the outcomes of the ENVforum research initiative that explores SDGs' implementation strategies based on a number of selected case studies from Asia and Europe.

Information and conference materials from the ENVforum conference that took place in Stockholm, Sweden in October 2016,  are available here.


  • ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center (ASEIC)
  • Hanns Seidel Foundation
  • Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  • Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE)


  • Hanns Seidel Foundation
Funded by the European Union

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  • The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Annual Conference 2017 was held on 6-7 September in Hanoi, Viet Nam, in partnership with Hanns Seidel Foundation Viet Nam Office and with the support of the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Viet Nam. The main focus of the conference was the implementation and financing of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Since the introduction of the SDGs two years ago, financing has emerged as a key issue on attaining their national and, ultimately, the common global objectives for sustainable development. There is a strong need to consider innovative financing, given the lack of policy space for many emerging economies, and increasing efforts to streamline funding with the aim of attaining higher impact and effectiveness in government spending.

    The conference offered a platform for more than 100 representatives from public and private sectors, as well as from civil societies, to discuss and exchange ideas on innovative financing for sustainable development, mobilising national resources and successfully involving the private sector in the national planning process towards the 2030 Agenda.

    On the first day of the event, Ambassador Karsten WARNECKE, ASEF Executive Director, reaffirmed the ENVforum's mission to "contribute to a better understanding of the potential funding sources for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, to enhance exchange between private sector and public sector representatives and to support multi-stakeholder, regional and international dialogue on Public-Private-Partnerships and Sustainable Businesses from the ASEM region". Keynote speaker H.E. Mr NGUYEN The Phuong, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment of Viet Nam, introduced the topic from a Viet Nam perspective. Ms Ursula MANNLE, Chairwoman of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, underlined the importance of the inter-regional collaboration offered by the ENVforum: "This forum properly addresses aspects of the 2030 Agenda - especially the topic of financing sustainable development. It shows that Asia and Europe are approaching the future side by side and on the same page".

    The program cast light on different challenges and opportunities for sustainable development from a financial perspective. Starting off with the localisation of financing mechanisms on national and international level, the first day focused on two roundtable sessions on different partnership approaches for the implementation of SDGs, including public-private partnership and corporate partnership. The second day tackled climate finance-related issues and the impact of low carbon technologies, as well as renewable energy on the private sector.

  • The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) will host the Annual Conference on the implementation and financing of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 6–7 September 2017 in Hanoi, Viet Nam, in partnership with the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam.

    Almost 2 years after the introduction of the SDGs, many stakeholders are ready to share their efforts to meet the 17 globally agreed goals under the 2030 Agenda. This undertaking will change the economic landscape both on the global and regional level, raising many challenges but also creating opportunities for further value creation.

    Among their key questions: How can businesses accomplish this transition and integrate SDGs in their business strategy? And who is going to pay for it?

    The Conference offers a platform for exchange between representatives from the public and private sector, as well as from civil society, with the objective to explore potential funding sources for the 2030 Agenda and support multi-stakeholder, regional and international dialogue on Public-Private-Partnership and Sustainable Businesses from the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) partner countries.

    Speakers from relevant ministries, international experts working on SDG implementation, as well as sustainable development finance experts and practitioners will contribute their experiences and ideas, and encourage an innovative discussion.

    Since 2003, the ENVforum has hosted conferences in partnership with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Hanns Seidel Foundation, ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center (ASEIC), Government of Sweden through the Regional Asia Environment Regional Asia Environment Conference Support Programme administered by Stockholm Environment Institute, and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies.

    View more information and updates here.

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