Asia-Pacific Knowledge Exchange

Agenda 2030

UNDP Opens SDG Knowledge Exchange in Bangkok

Bangkok, 24 October 2016 – More than 150 delegates and development experts from 36 countries in Asia and the Pacific convened today in Bangkok to share expertise and ideas on how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national plans and budgets.
“This Knowledge Exchange is a platform for sharing experiences that will allow us to accelerate SDG implementation,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia and the Pacific. “Our goal is to turn the 2030 Agenda vision into actions on the ground as soon as possible.”
Delegates will be encouraged to explore new and more integrated approaches to localize the SDGs in their planning, budgeting, and financing to achieve the 2030 Agenda. They will look at how to build commitments, strengthen partnerships and improve data monitoring and evaluation. The objective is to examine what has worked in one country and harness those ideas, to share and adopt in other countries.
“I am encouraged by the initial results. Almost every country in Asia-Pacific has begun integrating SDGs into their development plans and legislation,” said Haoliang Xu.
The National Assembly of Pakistan had passed a unanimous resolution to adopt the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in their national development programme.
Indonesia has built on the convergence that exists between the SDGs and its development plan, and is designing national and local action plans.
“With nearly 60 percent of the world’s population and 40 percent of the world’s GDP, policy decisions in Asia-Pacific impact the whole world,” added Haoliang Xu. “I am confident this valuable exchange will lay the foundation to collect and distribute practical knowledge that countries can use to deliver results for their people.”
The Knowledge Exchange is part of a week-long Regional SDG Forum hosted by UNDP in Bangkok from 21 to 27 October. The Forum features also a conference on youth engagement in SDG implementation and a meeting on finance for development focused on how countries can mobilize the required financing for the envisioned transformation to sustainability. 
Follow the Regional SDG Forum on Twitter under #MeetTheSDGs.

On Twitter


Key Presentations and Resources

Opening of the Regional Knowledge Exchange

     Integrating SDGs To Development Plan
By Gellwynn Yusuf, Deputy Minister for Maritime and Natural Resources, Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, Republic of Indonesia
     Presentation on Localizing SDGs in Pakistan
Zafar ul Hassan, Chief (Poverty Alleviation & SDG Section)
     Perspective from Youth: Remarks
By Jules Guiang, Ambassador-Anak TV's SineBata; Founder & Board Chairman- National Alliance of Youth Leaders (NAYL); Co-Founder-2030 Youth Force

Session 1:
Integrating the 2030 Agenda into Planning and Budgeting

     Empowered Futures - The Use of Foresight for SDG Implementation
By Peter van de Pol, Senior Advisor, UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence
     Integrating 2030 Agenda into Planning and Budgeting – Overview of Key Steps
By Michaela Prokop, Regional Programme Advisor, UNDP, Bangkok Regional Hub

Session 1A: National Planning and Budgeting Frameworks

     Implementation of SDGs in Nepal: Some Observations on Prioritization
By Yubaraj Khatiwada, former Vice-Chairman of National Planning Commission of Nepal
     Bhutan and the Sustainable Development Goals
By Lhaba Tshering, Chief Planning Officer, Gross National Happiness Commission, Bhutan
     Integrating the 2030 Agenda: SDG Roadmap Malaysia
By Hidah binti Misran, Deputy Director Infrastructure and Public Utilities Section, Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Office, Malaysia
     Mainstreaming the SDGs: Policy planning and implementation in Mongolia
By Otgonbayar Chimeddorj, Director, Macroeconomic Policy Division, Economic Policy Department, Ministry of Finance, Mongolia
     Multiple Criteria Analysis (MCA) as a tool for prioritizing actions towards Sustainable Development
By Dr Stelios Grafakos, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam

Session 1B: Sub-National/ City-Level Planning and Budgeting Frameworks

     Integrating SDGs into subnational planning and budgeting frameworks
Dr Patrick Duong, Regional Programme Advisor, Local Governance and Decentralization, UNDP Regional Hub for Asia and the Pacific

Session 1C: SIDS

Session 1:
Promoting Vertical and Horizontal Coordination and Policy Coherence

     Regional Knowledge Exchange: Implementing 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals Institutional Arrangements    
By Neeraj Kumar Srivastava, Director, Niti Aayog, Government of India

Session 1:
Integrating the 2030 Agenda into Budgeting Frameworks

     Integrating SDGs in National Budgets
By Lekha Chakraborty, Economist, NIPFP, Ministry of Finance, Government of India 
     Supporting risk-informed planning,budgeting and resource allocation in East Nusa Tenggara Province
By Syaiful Anwar, Ministry of Environment and Forestry I Wayan Darmawa, Provincial Development & Planning Body
     Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: Thailand's Perspectives
By Ms. Ladawan Kumpa, Deputy Secretary General, Office of the National Economic & Social Development Board (NESDB), Royal Thai Government

Session 2:
Supporting Integrated Approaches and Identifying Accelerator Interventions

     Integrated Approaches: Health & the Environment
By Nadia Rasheed, Team Leader, Health & Development
     Climate, Land, Energy and Water Systems
By Mark Howells, Director and Professor, Division of Energy Systems Analysis, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
     Integrated decision making – key concepts and approaches
By Mans Nilsson, Research Director, Stockholm Environment Institute
     Integrated Approaches in Malaysia Baselines, Design and Gaps
By Dr Hezri Adnan, Academy of Sciences Malaysia & Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia

Session 3:
Data and Beyond: Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation

     Data for SDGs at the national level
By Lisa Grace S. Bersales, PhD, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, Philippine Statistics Authority

Session 4:

     Engaging Philanthropy in SDGs
By Timotheus Lesmana Wanadjaja, Indonesia Philanthropy Association

Session 5:
Financing Options for the 2030 Agenda

     Financing the 2030 Agenda
By Ashley Palmer, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub
     Financing the SDGs in the Pacific
By Dr. Raymond Prasad, Economic Adviser, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
     Bangladesh Municipal Development Fund (BMDF) Accessing Domestic Market Financing
By Christopher Kaczmarski, Local Authority Planning and Finance Expert,National Adaptation Plan-Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub


Key Resources

Other Key Documents


Now that Agenda 2030 and the Financing for DevelopmentAddis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) have been agreed, there is demand from countries in the region to link finance flows with national development results. In response, Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF), the regional platform hosted by UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub is organizing a consultation ahead of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) Second High Level Meeting (HLM2) in Nairobi, Kenya this November. The meeting in Bangkok will provide an opportunity for countries and stakeholders to discuss the following discussion topics:

  • Financing for development in the context of Agenda 2030, with a view to strengthen the links between finance and development results. This includes the launch of the 2016 AP-DEF Regional Report;
  • Progress in establishing Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs), as called for by the AAAA and exploring what it means at country level to develop INFFs;
  • Findings from the GPEDC 2nd monitoring round: discussions on the implications of the monitoring results for national and global policy processes, and the way forward for utilizing the Global Partnership monitoring in the context of the SDGs;
  • Lessons from the Asia-Pacific region to inform the future objectives and contributions of AP-DEF, and highlight recommendations and messages from the region to be fed into the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) in Nairobi in November 2016.

Participants and resource persons will include:

  • Asia-Pacific government representatives from Ministries of Planning and Finance and other relevant implementing ministries and policy makers, and from the AP-DEF community;
  • Representatives from the Global Partnership co-chairs and HLM2 host; as well as from the Joint Support Team and Monitoring Advisory Group;
  • Members of the donor community;
  • Representatives from CSO Partnership and other civil society representatives involved in the Global Partnership;
  • Representatives from private sector including from GPEDC partners and social impact funds.

Read more>>


Domestic Resources Dominate Development Finance in Asia

Bangkok, 26 October 2016: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF) opened a two-day meeting on aid ahead of the upcoming Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

More than 100 government delegates and development experts are exploring how to design integrated national financing frameworks for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia-Pacific.

“Domestic sources of finance are emerging as a key driving force for sustainable development in Asia-Pacific,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia and the Pacific. “These new sources of finance allow us to expand the existing development cooperation and partnership.”

According to a new report released today at the event, domestic public finance accounts for 44 percent of the total and domestic private finance an estimated 45 percent of resources overall.

The new resource landscape is reflected in the increase in the number of middle-income countries in Asia-Pacific from 16 to 28 over the past decade.

While international public finance, particularly official development assistance (ODA), accounted for 13.5 percent of the total financial inflows in the region in 1990, it fell to 3.4 percent in 2012. As a result, countries are designing new financing strategies that mobilize contributions from a wide range of sources, including private sector.

For example, Bangladesh aims for private financing to fund 78 percent of its 7th Five Year Plan that commenced last year.

“The transformation of development finance translates into increased demand for our services from governments in Asia-Pacific,” said Xu. “Our portfolio of government co-financed programs quadrupled over the past two years.”

The volume of UNDP’s government co-financed portfolio in Asia-Pacific is now at US$116 million, according to a new report “Together for a Sustainable Future: Achieving the SDGs through Government Co-Financing in Asia and the Pacific.” Currently, UNDP and governments have co-financing agreements in 14 countries.

Official development assistance (ODA) continues to play an indispensable role as a catalyst that leverages new financing. In small island developing states, such as in Kiribati and Solomon Islands, ODA accounts for over 30 percent of total financing, in Tuvalu it accounts for more than half.

Discussions at the workshop are intended to inform the upcoming Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this November.

Click here for the “Achieving the SDGs in the Era of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda” report which informs the consultation at the meeting in Bangkok. Read more>>

Key Presentations and Resources

     Assessing South-South Cooperation: The experience of the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST)
By Karin Costa Vazquez, Professor and Assistant Dean for Global Engagements, O.P Jindal Global University, India. Non-resident fellow, Brazilian Center for International Relations, Brazil
     DFA in Bangladesh: Strengthening Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF)
By Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh
     Beyond aid: Total Beyond aid: Total Official Support for Sustainable Development (TOSSD), a statistical measure for the SDG era
By Raundi Halvorson -Quevedo, Statistics Statistics Statistics and Development Finance (SDF), OECD Development Co-operation Directorate
     The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation: Monitoring Framework
By Yuko Suzuki Naab, Alejandro Guerrero Ruiz, UNDP-OECD Joint Support Team

Key Resources

UNDP Around the world

You are at UNDP Asia and the Pacific 
Go to UNDP Global