ASIA-PACIFIC FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 2017 CONVENED IN BANGKOK

The fourth session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2017) was convened in Bangkok, Thailand from 29 to 31 March 2017 under the theme of “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing Asia-Pacific”.

The forum discussed regional perspectives on the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including in depth review of national progress and achievements, as well as strengthening of implementation on the 2030 Agenda.

The Mongolian delegation to the forum was headed by Ambassador Tugsbilguun Tumurkhuleg, Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). During the forum, Ambassador Tugsbilguun took part as a panelist in the Roundtable on Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere), and made a statement on the policies and actions taken by the Government of Mongolia towards implementing the 2030 Agenda for SDGs at the session. As an outcome of the forum, the Asia-Pacific countries have adopted a road map for regional cooperation on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The road map lays out priority areas, implementation arrangements and a process for tracking progress on the SDGs, building on the agreements reached at the last two APFSD meetings. The document will also facilitate regional level cooperation with a focus on the means of implementation of the SDGs and in the thematic areas of social development, disaster risk reduction, climate change, management of natural resources, connectivity and energy.