2nd ASEAN Forum on SDGs with National Development Planning Agencies

The 2nd Forum will provide a platform for dialogue between the National Development Planning Agencies/Inter-Agency Coordinating Platforms in ASEAN Member States to take stock of SDGs implementation especially considering the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, against the backdrop of the Decade of Action, the 2nd Forum will discuss strategies to strengthen statistics and data to monitor the progress towards attaining the SDGs.

Specifically, the participants to the 2nd Forum will have the opportunity to exchange views on practical approaches and solutions that would enable SDG-related initiatives at the national level to stay back on-track amidst the pandemic. Also, the participants would discuss possible pathways to strengthen cooperation and coordination at the national and regional levels. Lastly, the forum will revisit priority areas of cooperation on moving forward with ASEAN’s agenda on the SDGs.

Opening Ceremony
• Welcome remarks by H.E. Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community
• Remarks by Amb. Thomas Gass, Assistant Director General of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Panel Discussion 1: Five Year Implementation of the SDGs in ASEAN: Progress, Lesson Learned, and Ways Forward

This session will review the progress of SDGs implementation in ASEAN since 2015. The participants will discuss areas where ASEAN has made significant progress notably Goal 4 and Goal 9, and identify lesson learned and possible ways to scale up and duplicate them in other areas. In addition, this session will examine factors of regression or stagnation and possible ways forward, taking into account the challenges brought about by COVID-19 pandemic.
• Mr. Arman Bidarbakhtnia, Head of Statistical Data Management Unit, Statistics Division, UN ESCAP (15 mins)
• Ms. Orawan Yafa, Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue (ACSDSD) (15 mins)
• Moderator: Ms. Rodora T. Babaran, Director for Human Development Directorate, ASEAN Secretariat

Panel Discussion 2: Strengthening Data and Statistics to Advance SDGs Implementation in ASEAN
This session will discuss possible strategies to better generate and collect usable data. It will delve into alternative sources of data and elaborate on possible cooperation among ASEAN Member States and partners to enhance data for SDGs.
• Mr. Hsiu Chin Tang – Director, Department of Statistics of Singapore (Chair of the ASEAN Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals Indicators) – TBC (15 mins)
• Dr. Johannes Jütting – Executive Head, the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) (15 mins)
• Moderator: Dr. Sita Sumrit, Head of Poverty Eradication and Gender Division, ASEAN Secretariat.

Q & A and Discussion with the participants
• Moderator: Dr. Sita Sumrit, Head of Poverty Eradication and Gender Division, ASEAN Secretariat

Event Details
  • Start Date
    12 October 2020 08:00
  • End Date
    12 October 2020 11:00
  • Status

    Swiss Confederation - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)