30-31 July 2019 | YOKOHAMA – UCLG ASPAC, represented by Secretary General Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, participated in the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) 2019 about “Inclusive Transformation: Multi-stakeholder Collaboration Driving the World towards a Circulating Ecological Economy” from 30 to 31 July 2019 in Yokohama, Japan. Approximately 500 participants from international organisations, development agencies, universities, research institutes, private sectors, civil society organisations, and general public attended the Forum organised by Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in collaboration with United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS).

Talking about the localisation of SDGs, Global Trends and Message to the UN Summit on SDGs, Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC mentioned, “We need good enabling environment in implementing global agenda. I praises the effort made by UNESCAP in putting fiscal decentralisation back on discussion in the region.” She also added that there was a need to accelerate Local and Regional Governments’ involvement in VNR and to push the urgency for collaborative governance and integrated policy making and actions.

Looking at the landscape of other events’ organisation this year, ISAP 2019 was managed strategically. It played role as link of various crucial related events: the seventh session of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019) that put emphasis on climate change, UN Climate Action Summit and SDGs Summit, and 2019 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 25). Transforming these ideas into themes of discussion, ISAP 2019 brought up the urgency to address and tackle challenges in implementing Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for SDGs. Secretary General Bernadia I. Tjandradewi articulated this in her statement, “We need to act urgently. Time waits for no one.”

Discussion in ISAP 2019 focused on SDGs progress in Asia and the Pacific, the role of consumers in triggering changes in consumption and production, strengthening the integration of climate change and SDGs in Asia, and collaborative action for climate change. Giving its strategic role. ISAP 2019 also incorporated other essential issues such as SDGs and Business (highlighting the importance of leveraging diversity management to implement SDGs), new paradigms in urban-rural linkages (fostering innovations for sustainable resource management and collective resilience), transfer of low-carbon technologies in developing Asia, and challenges and strengthening efforts for achieving a decarbonised society, among many others.

The International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP), started in 2009, is organised annually to exchange knowledge and information and to facilitate diverse discussions on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.