Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development & VNR Capacity Building Workshop for Pacific SIDS

21 Oct 2019 to 25 Oct 2019
Apia, Samoa
By invitation only

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the 2030 Agenda exemplify the strategic vision and aspirations of all countries for the future of development. Its implementation will require comprehensive actions at the global, regional and sub-regional levels, as indicated in General Assembly Resolution 70/1 on Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development provides a unique opportunity to share perspectives on the proposed theme of “Accelerating progress towards SDGs in Asia and the Pacific” to be addressed at the 7th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) in 2020. It aims to foster deepened and shared understanding of member States and other stakeholders in the Pacific on cross-border challenges and ways forward to accelerate the balanced implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the national and regional levels.

The forum also provides an opportunity for the Pacific to identify key regional issues, challenges and opportunities that impact on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development while confronted by the impact of climate change and an increasing threat of natural disasters. It provides a space for the identification and amplification of the specific situation of small island developing States ahead of discussions within the Asia-Pacific context of the 7th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) and High-level Political Forum (HLPF).

To achieve this, the Pacific preparatory meeting will:

1. Discuss where the Pacific stands in the 5-year implementation of the SDGs: Perspectives from the regional and global fora for sustainable development;
2. Share national experiences in the SDGs implementation: voluntary national reviews, progresses and challenges;
3. Develop collective recommendations for accelerating progress towards SDGs;
4. Identify challenges in the implementation of the SDGs and unlocking the means of implementation to overcome these challenges.

More information on the Asia-Pacific Disaster 2019 report can be accessed here: