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ENVforum Annual Conference 2020

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9-11 November 2020 Grażyna PULAWSKA Sustainable Development & Public Health Department Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Sustainable Development

Virtual Conference

ENVforum Annual Conference 2020

Connecting the dots: Creating an enabling environment for SDG12 in ASEM

9-11 November 2020

Closing a 3-year cycle on SDG 12 - sustainable consumption and production (SCP) - this year's conference will provide new perspectives on the topics of Single-use Plastic, Sustainable Garments and Sustainable Food Productionall in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

As a result, the Conference will follow these four streams:

  • The Plastic Initiatives - 3R in Action
  • Upcycling in the Garment Industry
  • Inclusive Food Value Chains as a Way of Transition to Circular Economy
  • Health Agenda Post COVID-19 – Example of AMR

The conference will take place on the 9, 10 and 11 November 2020 each day starting from 3:00 PM Singapore time (8:00 AM CEST).



ENVforum Webinar Series:

In the lead-up to the Annual Conference we are organising three thematic webinars on Single-use Plastic, Sustainable Garments and Antimicrobial resistence impact on achieving the SDGs. These three webinars will allow participants to exchange on some crucial topics related to sustainable production and consumption, and to gather interesting inputs on the topics that will be further presented and discussed during the Conference.

Webinar Series ENVforum2020-07-07



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Information on our past ENVforum Annual Conferences:

Information and materials from the 2019 edition: The role of consumer in triggering changes in consumption & production (Japan - July 2019).

Information and materials from the 2018 edition: Asia-Europe Pathways Towards Responsible Consumption and Production: From Linear to Circular Economy (Poland - October 2018).

Information and materials from the 2017 edition: Asia-Europe Sustainable Development Goals and Financing: No Longer Business as Usual (Viet Nam - September 2017).


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Project Updates

  • Register for ENVforum Thematic Webinars

    Published on 25 Sep 2020

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    In the weeks leading up to the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Annual Conference 2020, we will be organising 3 thematic webinars:

    1. Webinar on Sustainable Textiles: "Sustainable Garment" (Wednesday, 21 October 2020)
    2. Webinar on Single-Use Plastics: "Single-Use Plastic (Never)Ending Story: Initiatives in ASEM" (Wednesday, 28 October 2020)
    3. Webinar on Post-COVID 19 Public Health Agenda: "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Public Health post-COVID-19" (Wednesday, 4 November 2020)

    The webinars will explore the backgrounds and challenges of the respective thematic areas in the context of Asia and Europe. The content explored will be useful for the deep dive and working group sessions during the conference itself.


    As interactive slots in the webinars are limited, please register your interest in the link below:



    More details including time, speakers, and topic areas will be announced soon. Do check this page regularly for updates and materials. Alternatively, follow us on Facebook and Twitter where we post updates on all our events and relevant content on sustainability.


    We look forward to having you at our events!


    #ENVforum #ASEFSustDev


    About Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum)


    Established in 2003, the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) is a partnership between ASEF, Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center (ASEIC), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the Government of Sweden through the Strategic Collaborative Fund administered by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).


    The ENVforum aligns its work with the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and contribute to the global debate on climate change through the ASEM Process. In doing so, we engage civil society, governments, and businesses on national, regional, and international levels to build capacity on issues of sustainability.

  • ENVforum 2019 Year in Review

    Published on 04 Sep 2020


    2019 was an eventful year for the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum)! It was a year filled with activities, new ventures, and most importantly, a year spent working towards the UN 2030 Agenda.


    We kicked off 2019 with the 5th Regional Conference on SDGs Implementation “Measuring SDG12 Implementation Progress in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam and the Philippines ” that took place on 26-27 March 2019 in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. The focus of the event is on the implementation of SDG12 and its challenges in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam and the Philippines.


    The conference also saw the launch of the publication entitled “Sustainable Consumption and Production in Lao PDR after the Voluntary National Review: Policy Options for Effective Implementation and Monitoring” which was the result of research which began in early 2018. The publication assesses the current state of affairs and gives policy recommendations for short- and long-term changes to the Lao PDR’s strategic plans across various ministries.


    We closed the first half of the year with another publication launch on the sides of the World Circular Economy Forum 2019 on 5 June 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. The publication entitled “Closing the loop: ASEM's transition towards achieving a circular economy ” reviews the implementation experience of ASEM Partner countries with SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production, providing a bird's-eye view of how ASEM Partner countries approach the implementation of SDG 12 targets and integrate them into national strategies, target-setting, and monitoring activities.


    The ENVforum then co-organised the 4th Global Research Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production on 26-29 June 2019, in Hong Kong, China. The forum titled “Transforming Production and Consumption: Bridging Sustainability Research with Policy and Practice ” brought together researchers and practitioners engaged in research on the worldwide transition to sustainable production and consumption systems. ENVforum organised a plenary session on the sustainable consumption and production of food, plastics, and textiles on 28 June 2019. The session included presentations on the outcomes from the ENVforum Annual Conference 2018 held in Warsaw, Poland.


    The ENVforum Annual Conference 2019, ENVforum’s flagship event, was held from 29 to 30 July 2019 at the Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan. The topic for this year’s conference was “The Role of Consumers in Triggering Change in Consumption & Production ”, where various stakeholders from civil society organisations, governments, and businesses came together to discuss the role of the consumer in ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP), as part of Sustainable Development Goal 12 (SDG 12).

    This conference is a follow-up from last year’s conference, which was focused on working towards a circular economy. This conference also touched on health priorities when ensuring SCP, where experts discussed the future of food, with a special focus on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and a sustainable lifestyle. This was the first time ENVforum brought in issues related to health, a topic that affects the global population, regardless of socio-economic status.


    The ENVforum continued its contribution to the Sustainable Development Transformation Forum (SDTF) as a knowledge partner, bringing experts on sustainable development and presenting outcomes of ENVforum research on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDTF 2019 titled “How Can We Achieve Transformations Needed? ” held on 22-24 October 2019 in Incheon, Korea focused centrally on what it will take to achieve the fundamental transformations in energy, industrial, food and other systems needed to shift courses from a Business-as-Usual path.


    Finally, we wrapped up the year with the accomplishment of hosting 5 side-events at the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) which took place in Madrid, Spain, from 2-13 December 2019. The events covered a wide range of topics, including reducing the use of plastics, low carbon development, and climate change ambition for youth. The events saw more than 150 attendees from around the world, and the ENVforum was able to showcase our work done among ASEM Partners, including our contributions towards achieving the SDGs, including climate change. Not only was ASEF represented at this major international platform, but our presence also put ASEF on the map, giving us the reputation of contributing as an inter-government organisation on the global stage.

    We look forward to being able to continue our efforts in the UN 2030 Agenda this year, even as we battle COVID-19 together.


    For more information on our upcoming events, visit our website here.


    For the full 2019 report, click on this link here.


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