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ENVforum Annual Conference 2020

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9-11 November 2020 Grażyna PULAWSKA Sustainable Development & Public Health Department Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Sustainable Development

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ENVforum Annual Conference 2020

Connecting the dots: Creating an enabling environment for SDG12 in ASEM

9-11 November 2020

Closing a 3-year cycle on SDG 12 - sustainable consumption and production (SCP) - this year's conference will provide new perspectives on the topics of Single-use Plastic, Sustainable Garments and Sustainable Food Productionall in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

As a result, the Conference will follow these four streams:

  • The Plastic Initiatives - 3R in Action
  • Sustainable Garment
  • Inclusive Food Value Chains as a Way of Transition to Circular Economy
  • Health Agenda Post COVID-19 – Example of AMR

The conference took place on the 9, 10 and 11 November 2020 each day starting from  3:00 PM Singapore time (8:00 AM CET) .

Registered people can watch again the conference's sessions on whova:


ENVforum Webinar Series:

In the lead-up to the Annual Conference we organised three thematic webinars on Single-use Plastic, Sustainable Garments and Antimicrobial resistence impact on achieving the SDGs . These three webinars allowed participants to exchange on some crucial topics related to sustainable production and consumption, and to gather interesting inputs on the topics that will be further presented and discussed during the Conference.

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Information on our past ENVforum Annual Conferences:

Information and materials from the 2019 edition: The role of consumer in triggering changes in consumption & production (Japan - July 2019).

Information and materials from the 2018 edition: Asia-Europe Pathways Towards Responsible Consumption and Production: From Linear to Circular Economy (Poland - October 2018).

Information and materials from the 2017 edition: Asia-Europe Sustainable Development Goals and Financing: No Longer Business as Usual (Viet Nam - September 2017).


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    The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) has recently concluded its flagship event, the ENVforum Annual Conference 2020 titled “Connecting the dots: Creating an enabling environment for SDG12 in ASEM”, which took place 9-11 November 2020 virtually.


    Due to global travel restrictions brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference shifted to a virtual conferencing platform. This meant as an opportunity to increase the participation of the conference – we received over 400 participant registrations from 46 ASEM partner countries, and featured over 30 experts and practitioners from civil society organisations, governments, and businesses in Asia and Europe.


    The event resulted in creating policy briefs on the issues related to sustainable production and consumption with the focus on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), inclusive food value chains, sustainable garment & single-use plastic:


    1. AMR Thematic Stream: Without our joint cross-sectoral effort, the health sector alone cannot combat the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) same as COVID-19 pandemic. For example, there is a need to consider antibiotic quantity reduction used in livestock production, which is part of the food systems for our daily life. 


    1. Inclusive Food Value Chain Thematic Stream: There is a need to shift from the dominant food systems model that relies heavily on chemical input, monoculture, and large industrial systems. Policies that help secure tenure for small-scale farmers and indigenous peoples; and multi stakeholders and multi-rights holder platform are crucial for the shift to a more sustainable and equitable food value chain.


    1. Garment Thematic Stream: There is a need for Policy regulation of this crucial sector that consumes a lot of natural resources (mostly water) for transitioning towards a cleaner and fairer garments value chains while preserving the economic benefits of the sector.


    1. Plastic Thematic Stream: There is considerable potential for synergies if single-use plastic waste reduction efforts are coordinated across the supply chains such as green procurements and product design & innovation, among others. The impact of the 3Rs (reduce-reuse-recycle) should be strengthened by focusing on the transition towards the reduction of Single-use plastic production. 


    All the issues require the systemic approach that is looking at the whole supply chain – from production to consumption and a holistic approach to design policies that will fix issues without creating new challenges.


    The full policy briefs and all presentations can be found on the conference page.


    In case you missed any segments of the conference, the recordings can still be accessed on the Whova portal. If you missed the registration and would like to watch the recordings, please drop us an email at


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    About the ENVforum


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


    The ENVforum aims to contribute to the formulation of sound decisions across all sectors that are mindful of their environmental, social and economic impacts and of the future generations. In doing so, we foster inter-regional cooperation between Asia and Europe on sustainable development and its environmental dimensions. Since our inception more than a decade ago, the ENVforum has organised over 80 high-level international conferences, roundtables and workshops bringing together multi-stakeholder representatives, and has produced multiple prominent research publications, country case studies, and policy papers.



  • ENVforum 2019 Year in Review

    Published on 05 Sep 2020



    2019 Year in Review


    2019 was an eventful year for the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum)! It was a year filled with activities, new ventures, and most importantly, a year spent working towards the UN 2030 Agenda.


    We kicked off 2019 with the 5th Regional Conference on SDGs Implementation “Measuring SDG12 Implementation Progress in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam and the Philippines” that took place on 26-27 March 2019 in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. The focus of the event is on the implementation of SDG12 and its challenges in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam and the Philippines.


    The conference also saw the launch of the publication entitled “Sustainable Consumption and Production in Lao PDR after the Voluntary National Review: Policy Options for Effective Implementation and Monitoring” which was the result of research which began in early 2018. The publication assesses the current state of affairs and gives policy recommendations for short- and long-term changes to the Lao PDR’s strategic plans across various ministries.


    We closed the first half of the year with another publication launch on the sides of the World Circular Economy Forum 2019 on 5 June 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. The publication entitled “Closing the loop: ASEM's transition towards achieving a circular economy” reviews the implementation experience of ASEM Partner countries with SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production, providing a bird's-eye view of how ASEM Partner countries approach the implementation of SDG 12 targets and integrate them into national strategies, target-setting, and monitoring activities.


    The ENVforum then co-organised the 4th Global Research Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production on 26-29 June 2019, in Hong Kong, China. The forum titled “Transforming Production and Consumption: Bridging Sustainability Research with Policy and Practice” brought together researchers and practitioners engaged in research on the worldwide transition to sustainable production and consumption systems. ENVforum organised a plenary session on the sustainable consumption and production of food, plastics, and textiles on 28 June 2019. The session included presentations on the outcomes from the ENVforum Annual Conference 2018 held in Warsaw, Poland.


    The ENVforum Annual Conference 2019, ENVforum’s flagship event, was held from 29 to 30 July 2019 at the Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan. The topic for this year’s conference was “The Role of Consumers in Triggering Change in Consumption & Production”, where various stakeholders from civil society organisations, governments, and businesses came together to discuss the role of the consumer in ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP), as part of Sustainable Development Goal 12 (SDG 12).

    This conference is a follow-up from last year’s conference, which was focused on working towards a circular economy. This conference also touched on health priorities when ensuring SCP, where experts discussed the future of food, with a special focus on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and a sustainable lifestyle. This was the first time ENVforum brought in issues related to health, a topic that affects the global population, regardless of socio-economic status.


    The ENVforum continued its contribution to the Sustainable Development Transformation Forum (SDTF) as a knowledge partner, bringing experts on sustainable development and presenting outcomes of ENVforum research on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDTF 2019 titled “How Can We Achieve Transformations Needed?” held on 22-24 October 2019 in Incheon, Korea focused centrally on what it will take to achieve the fundamental transformations in energy, industrial, food and other systems needed to shift courses from a Business-as-Usual path.


    Finally, we wrapped up the year with the accomplishment of hosting 5 side-events at the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) which took place in Madrid, Spain, from 2-13 December 2019. The events covered a wide range of topics, including reducing the use of plastics, low carbon development, and climate change ambition for youth. The events saw more than 150 attendees from around the world, and the ENVforum was able to showcase our work done among ASEM Partners, including our contributions towards achieving the SDGs, including climate change. Not only was ASEF represented at this major international platform, but our presence also put ASEF on the map, giving us the reputation of contributing as an inter-government organisation on the global stage.


    We look forward to being able to continue our efforts in the UN 2030 Agenda this year, even as we battle COVID-19 together.


    For more information on our upcoming events, visit our website here .

    For the full 2019 report, click on this link here .


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