Background on the ENVforum

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

Since its inception 15 years ago, the ENVforum has organised over 70 high-level international meetings, roundtables, conferences and workshops, bringing together over 1,700 selected participants from civil society, NGOs, academia, governments, international organisations, and the private sector. The ENVforum has produced over 14 publications addressing essential issues related to environmental issues and sustainable development.

Acting as both facilitator and bottom-up promoter of wide-ranging initiatives, ENVforum provides an inter-regional platform for knowledge-sharing and capacity building for policy makers, businesses and civil society from Asia and Europe on sustainable development. The aim is to contribute to the formulation of sound decisions across all sectors that are mindful of their environmental, social, and economic impacts and ultimately of generations to come. 

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Today, the aims of the ENVforum are reflected in the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since 2013, the ENVforum has been actively engaged in the global discussion surrounding the SDGs, which were adopted by the UN Member States in the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. The ENVforum was given its mandate by the ASEM Summit in Vientiane, Lao PDR in November 2012. Going beyond its traditional format, the ENVforum launched a program to contribute to the bottom-up process that supports the implementation and monitoring of SDGs by providing Asian and European countries with key insights into sustainable development planning. The programme is based on three pillars:


1. It undertakes research on SDGs and their associated indicators.

2. It organises knowledge-hub meetings of experts working on SDGs and indicators.

3. It disseminates the outcomes of consultations to policymakers.


Multi-stakeholder cooperation between international organisations, governments, businesses and the civil society will be required to address a variety of implementation challenges to translate the SDGs into reality. The ENVforum provides a platform for such multi-stakeholder cooperation to take place and supports global discussions with insights gained from its research on SDGs.


Publications & Research Output on the SDGs

Our latest research projects focus on the implementation of specific SDGs in the ASEM region. The most recent research paper looks at SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production.

Implementation experience in ASEM member countries with the Sustainable Development Goal 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production (2018)


Based on the outcomes of prior research, in 2017 we published a step-by-step SDG implementation guide for countries that seek assistance in the process:

Implementation Guide for the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs (2017)

Implementation Guide for the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs in Burmese (2017)


In 2016, one year after the announcement of the Paris agreement, the ENVforum invested in research offering guidance for ASEAN Government Officials on Climate Change and SDGs:

Handbook for ASEAN Government Officials on Climate Change and SDGs (2016)


As part of its 2013-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the ENVforum has published a number of studies related to the post-2015 development agenda. A group of eminent international experts was firstly commissioned to develop a recommended set of SDGs priorities for ASEM countries by reconciling national needs with regional objectives. In order to monitor progress in SDGs, a parallel set of indicators were also developed. By measuring progress in implementation, these indicators can provide policymakers with reliable statistical data to identify programs of low effectiveness and promptly correct potential operational faults. The final series of this research will study means of implementation for SDGs on a national level, looking at governance and financing mechanisms for successful SDG implementation. The outcome of this three-part research series can be found in the following publications: 

Sustainable Development Goals and Indicators for a Small Planet - Part I: Methodology and Goal Framework(2014)

Sustainable Development Goals and Indicators for a Small Planet - Part II: Measuring Sustainability (2014)

Who Will Pay for the Sustainable Development Goals? Addressing Development Challenges in ASEM Countries (2015)


Supplementing this research series, we have also conducted two national case studies on implementing SDGs:

Sustainable Development Goals and Indicators for a Small Planet: Securing Means of Implementation in Viet Nam (2015)

Sustainable Development Goals and Indicators for a Small Planet: Securing Means of Implementation in Poland (2016)


Publications before 2013:

Global Architectures for Sustainable Development Delivery (2012)

A Green Future- Asia and Europe Growing Sustainability (2010)

Combine or Combust! Co-operating on Chemicals and Hazardous Substances management (2006)

The Jakarta 12 Asia-Europe Agendas for Sustainable Development (2005)

Technology Partnerships for Renewables: Key to Energy Security (2004)

Reinforcing Asia-Europe Co-operation on Climate Change (2004)

Finding the Path from Johannesburg- Engaging Civil Society in the Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development Outcomes (2003)


For more information on ENVforum projects, please refer to the "Related Projects" column on the right-hand side of this page.



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