Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum)


Background on the ENVforum

Established in 2003, the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) is a partnership of: Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Government of Sweden through the Regional Asia Environment Conference Support Programme administered by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF)ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center (ASEIC) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

Since its inception over 15 years ago, the ENVforum has organised over 70 high-level international meetings, roundtables, conferences and workshops, bringing together over 1,700 selected participants from civil society, NGOs, academia, governments, international organisations, and the private sector. The ENVforum has produced over 14 publications addressing essential issues related to environmental issues and sustainable development.

Acting as both facilitator and bottom-up promoter of wide-ranging initiatives, ENVforum provides an inter-regional platform for knowledge-sharing and capacity building for policy makers, businesses and civil society from Asia and Europe on sustainable development. The aim is to contribute to the formulation of sound decisions across all sectors that are mindful of their environmental, social, and economic impacts and ultimately of generations to come. 

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Today, the aims of the ENVforum are reflected in the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since 2013, the ENVforum has been actively engaged in the global discussion surrounding the SDGs, which were adopted by the UN Member States in the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. The ENVforum was given its mandate by the ASEM Summit in Vientiane, Lao PDR in November 2012. Going beyond its traditional format, the ENVforum launched a program to contribute to the bottom-up process that supports the implementation and monitoring of SDGs by providing Asian and European countries with key insights into sustainable development planning. The programme is based on three pillars:


1. It undertakes research on SDGs and their associated indicators.

2. It organises knowledge-hub meetings of experts working on SDGs and indicators.

3. It disseminates the outcomes of consultations to policymakers.


Multi-stakeholder cooperation between international organisations, governments, businesses and the civil society will be required to address a variety of implementation challenges to translate the SDGs into reality. The ENVforum provides a platform for such multi-stakeholder cooperation to take place and supports global discussions with insights gained from its research on SDGs.


Publications & Research Output on the SDGs

Our latest research projects focus on the implementation of specific SDGs in the ASEM region. The most recent research paper looks at SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production.

Closing the Loop: ASEM's Transition Towards Achieving a Circular Economy (2019)

Sustainable Consumption and Production in Lao PDR after the Voluntary National Review: Policy Options for Effective Implementation and Monitoring (2019)

Implementation experience in ASEM member countries with the Sustainable Development Goal 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production (2018)


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