The 2017 Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF) will be convened from 30 October - 1 November 2017 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The forum will build on its 2016 outcomes and insights and help create a bridge between the 2017 High Level Political Forum's thematic focus of "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world" and the 2018 HLPF thematic focus of "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies" including the HLPF's attention in 2018 to SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption), and SDG 15 (Life on Land).
Date: 30 October - 1 November 2017
The workshop is being co-organized by the National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), a joint United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) led initiative, financed by the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), and the Korean Environment Institute (KEI)-Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC). The workshop will be facilitated by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The training is a direct response to the request made by NAP-GSP supported countries, to address specific needs through the topics that they have considered most relevant to support their NAPs - in this case, how to mainstream climate change adaptation into water resources.
Date: 11-16 September 2017
UNOSD will host a session on "Local solutions to global challenges: Making our cities and communities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (to make) cities as part of the solution to sustainable development" during the 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit & Mayors Forum, taking place in Daejon, Republic of Korea, on the 10-13 September 2017. UNOSD-led session will be held on 12 September 2017, from 11:15 to 12:15
Date: 10-13 September 2017
SDGs Summer Camp for College Students - The Role of Youth Community in Implementing the SDGs in the Republic of Korea
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summer Camp for College Students is hosted by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) in collaboration with Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, Yonsei University and Incheon National University on 17-19 July 2017 in RCE Tongyeong, Republic of Korea. The role of youth is crucial in the implementation of SDGs. One in every three people alive today is under the age of thirty, most of them living in Asia and Africa. Over the past few years, young people have been actively engaged in the discussion on SDGs and its implementation. The participation of youth should be ensured at all relevant levels because it affects their lives today and has implications for their future.
Date: 17-19 July 2017
Executive Training Course for Policymakers on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The Executive Training Course for Policymakers on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was organized by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 24-28 April, 2017. The executive course took place as the 2030 agenda enters in the second year of its 15 years of implementation. The high-level political forum on sustainable development (10-19 July) will review progress towards the 2030 agenda under the overall theme of "eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world". The work of the HLPF will serve as a backdrop to the course, but the course itself focused on implementing Agenda 2030 through the daily work of the participating policymakers and policy shapers.
Date: 24-28 April 2017
The SIDS Preparatory Meeting for Ocean Conference on SDG 14 was co-organized by United Nations Office for Sustainable Development and the Division for Sustainable Development of UN DESA in Jeju, Republic of Korea from 29-31 March 2017. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which contains SDG 14 to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development" is for Small island developing States (SIDS). Healthy, productive and resilient oceans and coasts are critical for poverty eradication, access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food, livelihoods, economic development and essential ecosystem services, and represent an important element of identity and culture for the people of SIDS.
Date: 29-31 March 2017
The Vientiane International Mayors' Forum was co-organized by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). Cities and other urban centers are contributing to sustainable development through economic growth, innovation, education and culture. Some eighty percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) is created in cities. Cities have great potential, and making the most of this potential is critical for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and for achieving the global sustainable development goals (SDGs). The main objective of the Vientiane International Mayors Forum was to provide an international platform for an exchange of experiences among Mayors and other Leaders of Local Governments on the implementation of local level policies and projects.
Date: 14-16 March 2017
The Workshop on Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) was co-organized by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development and the Division for Sustainable Development of UN DESA in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 2-3 March 2017. VNRs are part of the follow-up and review mechanism of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Forty countries have volunteered to take part in the voluntary national reviews, and the objective of this workshop was to strengthen the 2017 VNRs at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) The HLPF 2017 will consider the theme of eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world.
Date: 2-3 March 2017
Expert Group Meeting on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals with Water-Food-Ecosystem Resilience in the Mid-Latitude Region (MLR)
The United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) hosted the Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on water-food-ecosystem resilience in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Korea, the Korean Ministry of Environment and Korea University from 28-29 November 2016. Water and food sectors and the ecosystem are inextricably linked. Climate change threatens food and water security as well as natural integrity and biodiversity of ecosystems. With this backdrop, the EGM promoted water-food-ecosystem resilience in the mid-latitude region by providing a platform for experts to share their knowledge and experience and to enhance cooperation in the mid-latitude region.
Date: 28-29 Novomber 2016
The United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) hosted the third annual Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF) from 25-27 October 2016 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by UN Member States in September 2015. Included in the Agenda are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets, described as "integrated and indivisible, global in nature and universally applicable, taking into account different national realities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities".
Date: 25-27 October 2016
Seminar on Mainstreaming Energy for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Targets and Indicators into Statistical Programmes in Select African Countries
The set of agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be implemented for the 2016-2030 period includes a total of 17 SDGs and 169 related targets. SDG7 is a dedicated stand-alone SDG on energy with three major targets and two additional targets representing means of implementation. Sustainable energy is a key enabler of SD for all countries and all people. Countries will not be able to achieve their development goals without access to reliable and affordable sustainable energy services. Energy is critical to tackling poverty eradication, while decarbonizing energy is central to mitigating climate change.
Date: 27-29 June 2016
At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. SDG 7 is a stand-alone fully dedicated goal on energy with five targets, two of which are means of implementation. The focus of the seminar, organized by UNDESA, UNESCAP and UNOSD in cooperation with UN-Energy and SE4ALL, was to bring together representatives of governments, practitioners along with experts and regional, national organization representatives.
Date: 21-23 June 2016
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals was adopted by UN Member States in September 2015. Included in the Agenda are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets. In view of the context and needs, the overall objective of the SDTF was to convene government officials, UN Agencies and experts from around the world to discuss guidance on mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDGs into national and sub-national development plans.
Date: 17-19 November 2015
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development presented at the landmark United Nations Summit to Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September 2015. Included in the Agenda are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets. A key objective of the workshop was to share innovative practices and to assist countries in applying integrated systems-level approaches for envisioning, planning, implementing and monitoring national development plans and strategies for achieving The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals for the Middle East and Central Asia region.
Date: 27-29 October 2015
Expert Group Meeting on Ecosystem Conservation and Sustainable Development in SIDS - side event at the World Leaders' Conservation Forum 2015
The outcome of the Third International Conference on SIDS - the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway - was endorsed by UN General Assembly on November 14th 2014. Ecosystem services and conservation mainly appear under its sections related to: "Oceans and seas" and "Biodiversity". This official document mentions one of the priorities as "promoting the integrated and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems that supports, inter alia, economic, social and human development while facilitating ecosystem conservation, regeneration, restoration and resilience in the face of new and emerging challenges." Coastal and marine ecosystems are also mentioned in the context of use of oceans and seas and in the context of sustainable tourism. At the same time, the process of defining the post 2015 Sustainable Development agenda is approaching its target, by delivering the proposal of SDGs.
Date: 7-9 July 2015
Regional Training Workshop in Asia and the Pacific: Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Management Using E-Government
With a view to divergent experiences and varying levels of e-government development in the Asia Pacific region, UNPOG and UNOSD organized training workshop for e-government and disaster risk management to promote sustainable development: i) to discuss about the new and emerging trends and main challenges of the post - 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, knowledge sharing by e-government and ICT development in the world (and in particular in Asia and the Pacific); ii) to share best practices of e-government for disaster risk management and enhance peer-to-peer learning; iii) to build up a strong CIO network and set up the mechanism/platform for sharing experiences and knowledge transfer with focus on innovative e-practices for sustainable development; and iv) to explore effective ways including soliciting more funding support to enhance capacity building for developing countries in the region. The workshop consisted in two days of presentations and panel discussions and one day of field visits.
Date: 25-27 March 2015
The United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), part of UN in Korea, supports U.N. Member States in planning and implementing sustainable development strategies, notably through knowledge sharing, research, training and partnership building. The Office, established in 2011, is managed by the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and supported by the Republic of Korea Ministry of Environment, Yonsei University and the City of Incheon. [Read more]
- 18 Oct 2016 - UNOSD participation in the side event at the Habitat III
- 17 Nov 2015 - UNOSD hosted the Sustainable Development Transition Forum in Incheon
- 27 Oct 2015 - UNOSD co-organized a workshop for the Middle East and Central Asia region on National Development Strategies and Plans
- 7 Jul 2015 - UNOSD hosted an Expert Group Meeting on Ecosystem Conservation and Sustainable Development in SIDS
- 26 Jun 2015 - Head of UNOSD, Dr. Yoon attended Annual Conference 2015 themed embracing a New Era of Eco-Civilization
The 6th meeting of the Steering Committee of UNOSD took place on 1 May 2017. The meeting was attended by the representatives of Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment, City of Incheon, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and UNOSD. Read more
- Regional Training Workshop in Asia and the Pacific: Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Management Using E-Government 29-31 October 2014
- Second Summer School 2014 on Sustainability Transition Policies and Practices 4-8 August 2014
- Fossil Fuel to Renewable Energy (FFRE) Transition Workshop for Indian Ocean and African SIDS 12-16 May 2014
- International Symposium on Sustainable Cities: Empowering Local Governments through Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing 17-19 April 2014
- Sustainable Development Transition Forum 9-11 April 2014