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Connecting the dots: Creating an enabling environment for SDG12 in ASEM, 9-11 November 2020

ENVforum Annual Conference 2020


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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.




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