ASEAN-China-UNDP Symposium on Localising the SDGs and Realising Poverty Eradication
The ASEAN Charter recognises the importance of sustainable development and provides guidance for ASEAN member states to ensure sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations. The development of the ASEAN Vision 2025 and its three Blueprints have been informed and influenced by global frameworks and commitments, including the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Building on two previous symposiums, the ASEAN-China-UNDP Symposium on Localising the SDGs and Realising Poverty Eradication continued promoting the implementation of the SDGs in ASEAN in the context of complementarities between the ASEAN Vision 2025 and the SDGs. This symposium elaborated on ways forward to mainstream the SDGs at regional and sub-national levels.
The Symposium was organised by the ASEAN Secretariat in cooperation with China and UNDP and was held on 20-21 August 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It brought together senior government officials in charge of implementing the SDGs in ten ASEAN Member States as well as experts from international organisations, development partners, non-governmental organisations, civil society and the private sector.
We went to visit the Chong Khneas community in the outskirts of Siem Reap. Its residents talk about a host of problems: livelihoods have shrunk, poverty persists, and the elders say youth no longer stay put, drawn to cities in search of better work and more money. Read our photo-story here
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