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Network for Integrated Planning and Sustainable Development Strategies in Asia-Pacific Region (SDplanNet-AP) is a network of professionals involved in development planning in the Asia-Pacific region. It was established to help professional planners share innovative tools and approaches for integrating sustainable development into plans, strategies and budgeting processes at national, sub-national and local levels. Find out more...
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UNDP and UNDESA are hosting an e-discussion on the 2015 ECOSOC theme of “Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals: What it will take” – to be held from 17 February to 17 March 2015.

The 2015 e-discussion is expected to provide ECOSOC with concrete ideas and proposals for defining the steps required for the successful transition from the MDGs to the SDGS. Contributions made by e-discussion participants will be included in a summary of the e-discussion posted on the ECOSOC website and will inform the report of the Secretary-General on the ECOSOC theme.

Concrete country examples on how your respective offices have supported countries to accelerate and achieve the MDGs would be helpful. You can contribute your technical expertise to one or more of the thematic windows, as follows (further details are included in the concept note):

  • Thematic Window I: Policy choices and mindset change for an integrated agenda
  • Thematic Window II: Required adaptation by institutions, structures and individuals
  • Thematic Window III: Partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs and the post-2015 agenda
  • Thematic Window IV: Monitoring and review

In order to follow the discussion or post your contributions, participants may join the e-discussion at:

On November 12-13 a coordination meeting of the transitional Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (RCEM) took place in Bangkok, Thailand. The main objectives of the meeting were to discuss key elements of the RCEM’s structure and governance mechanisms for the period up to 2015 and beyond. Other important agenda items included to reflect and identify achievement, challenges, gaps and lessons learned from the work of the current transitional RCEM. Read more about the meeting

New report: The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing has issued its advanced unedited report, as mandated by UN Resolution 68/201. The report reviews trends in international capital flows and identifies areas where financial systems can be strengthened. It also emphasizes the importance of foreign direct investment and the need to strengthen financial regulations. The report highlights the need for global economic governance structures to evolve to anticipate the upcoming post-2015 development agenda, in particular the need to identify sources of financing to implement the future sustainable development goals (SDGs). For domestic level policy planners, the question might be how they can best prepare national level budgets to align with the anticipated priorities of the future SDGs.

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During the end of 2013 and the first half of 2014, SDplanNet and its operating institutions IISD, IGES and ATPS, together with its regional and global collaborating partners, convened a series of regional workshops in Asia & Pacific, Latin America & Caribbean and Africa designed to explore future governance needs for implementing the sustainable development goals and the post-2015 development agenda. The collaborating partners include Stakeholderforum and its Global Network of National Councils for Sustainable Development and Similar Bodies, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development.

The regional workshops identified capacity building needs in the respective regions and also revealed that there is significant interest from existing networks of national level practitioners to engage in sharing good practices and defining needs for national and local governments and other stakeholders to engage in implementing sustainable development plans and policies.

Outcomes from all regional workshops along with key presentations and a synthesis report can be downloaded from this link.

The people behind the regional and global SDplanNet operations and their partners are currently planning for the future activities of the regional and global SDplanNet networks. The purpose is to contribute to the improving sustainable development governance at global, regional, national and sub-national levels with a particular focus on creating an alliance for sustainability transitions. The partners and their networks will aim to create communities of practice on (i) strategy and multi-stakeholder institutions; (ii) integrated planning, policy and budgeting; and (iii) monitoring, reporting and accountability.

 Latest SD Tool

›› Peak Soil The process of raising the world’s food has not always been kind to the environment. Many of the adverse environmental impacts caused by agriculture are results of either the loss of natural habitat that occurs when land is converted to agricultural purposes and use (or misuse) of pesticides and fertilizers.

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Visit IGES SDGs project, "Aspiration to Action," page. The project will examine and suggest essential "means of implementation (MOI)" so that global SDGs can be put into action through active engagement with various stakeholders and partners.

 Featured Content

Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Through Transformative Governance Practices and Vertical Collaboration at the National and Subnational Levels in Asia Pacific
Ella Antonio, Paul Ofei-Manu, Simon Hoiberg Olsen

This paper is a synopsis of discussions held at the SDplanNet Asia Pacific regional workshop series that took place in Incheon Korea from April 7–9, 2014. The workshop was attended by participants from diverse government and non-government agencies active at the national level across Asia Pacific, as well as regional organizations and networks that have mandates for sustainable development and planning at the regional levels.



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