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Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for ASEAN countries

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2-4 September 2013 Governance & Economy Department Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Sustainable Development
Governance & Human Rights

Jakarta, Indonesia

On the occasion of the last ASEM Summit in Laos in 2012, leaders and government representatives from Asian and European countries reaffirmed their commitment to promote sustainable development, believing that responsible progress is the outcome of economic growth coupled with social inclusion and environmental protection. To achieve and further the cause of sustainable development official participants at the ASEM Summit underlined the importance of pursuing the future set of UN Sustainable Development Goals through a transparent and genuinely inclusive inter-governmental process.

In light of the outcome of the 2012 ASEM Summit, The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) through its Asia-Europe Environmental Forum (ENVforum- now celebrating its ten- year anniversary) sought to contribute its own expertize and input for the formulation of the next Sustainable Development Goals.

Therefore the ENVforum, in collaboration with the French Regional Delegation for Cooperation with South-East Asia had conducted on 2 – 4 September 2013 a ‘Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for ASEAN Member-States’ at the premises of the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The three-day-training gathered 20 officials from ASEAN countries and aimed at contributing to the ASEAN post-2015 development agenda setting process as outlined by the Rio+20 Conference in July 2012. The participants took part in a negotiation simulation and were assigned the task of envisioning a possible set of SDGs, complete with relevant targets and indicators that could ensure monitoring of implementation progress.

The negotiation simulation was conducted by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), with the support of two eminent experts:  Prof. Laszlo PINTER, from the Central European University (CEU) and Mr Simon OLSEN, from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). The training equipped participants with practical information about the international and regional processes relating to the Post-2015 development agenda. Additionally, it encouraged participants to acquaint themselves with data and statistics, in order to gain a genuine understanding of ASEAN countries’ specific contexts and realities regarding various aspects of development. The simulation familiarized participants with the challenges they were likely to encounter in real-life SDGs negotiations and were encouraged to prioritize and allocate appropriate resources through consensus and critical understanding of issues.

ASEF is proud to have had the opportunity to yield a concrete contribution to the formulation process of the future world Post-2015 Development Agenda and would like to thank its partner institutions for the successful outcome of the training.


  • ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center (ASEIC)
  • French Regional Delegation for Cooperation with ASEAN
  • Hanns Seidel Foundation, Jakarta Office
  • Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  • Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) - Government of Sweden

Project Updates

  • Sustainable Development Goals for ASEAN

    Published on 01 Oct 2013

    ASEF’s Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) facilitated a training exercise, ‘Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals for ASEAN Member States’, 2-4 September 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The training helped in promoting awareness about the latest discussions on the Post-2015 Development Agenda with a focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was organised in partnership with the French Regional Delegation to ASEAN in Indonesia and the ASEAN Secretariat, which hosted the training at its premises in Jakarta. 

    Participants from various backgrounds, with each ASEAN member state sending representatives from ministries and agencies responsible for national development and environmental programmes, actively took part in this training. It was facilitated by ASEF staff and experts from its ENVforum partners. It was an occasion to discuss future prospects for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

    Participants analysed major challenges faced in formulating the next set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to build on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They took part in a highly interactive negotiation simulation on SDGs. The 2-day simulation was designed to resemble as closely as possible the negotiation scenarios that will shape the next SDGs’ priorities for ASEAN’s regional development agenda. The exercise helped to cement the participants’ knowledge by applying it to overcome policy obstacles through negotiation.

    The training also featured a presentation on the findings of the ENVforum’s on-going ‘Small Planet’ research project. This research features a recommended set of SDGs to be adopted by the international community based on extensive analysis of country-specific policies and priorities.

  • ASEF was invited to provide training on Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) to the ASEAN Secretariat on 2-4 September in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    The event provided ASEAN country representatives with expertise on SDGs and its indicators, as demonstrated in the on-going research by the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum).

    The event was co-organised by ASEF and the French Regional Delegation for Cooperation together with the ASEAN Secretariat. It was a follow-up to ASEF’s Executive Director, H.E. ZHANG Yan’s visit to Jakarta. During this visit, H.E. Le Luong MINH, Secretary-General of ASEAN Secretariat, expressed the readiness to actively support as well as cooperate with ASEF initiatives.

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