Side Event

Translating Evidence to Action on Climate and SDGs Synergies in Asia and Beyond

This side event of the 2023 HLPF will share practices of synergistic actions in Asia and beyond.

- America/New York
Interpretation provided Open to public

The urgent need to address the climate, biodiversity, and pollution crises have focused attention on solutions that leverage synergies across multiple issues. Such solutions can be more cost-effective than single-issue interventions, overcoming economic barriers that often stall progress on sustainable development.

This side event at the 2023 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will share practices of synergistic actions in Asia and beyond, and discuss how to strengthen the connection between evidence and action. The event will advance discussion around the 4th Conference on Climate and SDGs Synergies and provide inputs for the “Expert Group Reports — Climate–SDGs Synergies for Maximal Impact”, to be launched in September 2023 alongside the UN SDG Summit.


This event will be held online on 17 July at 08:45–09:45 EDT (21:45–22:45 JST).
Participation is open to all. 


This event will be held in Japanese and English with simultaneous interpretation provided.

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Moderator: Junichi Fujino (Programme Director, Integrated Sustainability Centre, IGES)

Opening Remarks

  • Akira Yanagimoto (Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment, MOEJ)

Framing Presentation

  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi (President, IGES)

Implementing and Analysing Synergies

  • Dindo Campilan (Regional Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Asia Regional Office)

  • Lynn Wagner (Senior Director of the Tracking Progress program, International Institute for Sustainable Development)

  • Elena Rovenskaya (Program Director and Principal Research Scholar, Advancing Systems Analysis Program, IIASA)

  • Representative of an institution from the Asia-Pacific region (TBD)

Special Remarks

  • James Grabert, Director of the Mitigation Division, UNFCCC Secretariat)

  • Bahareh Seyedi (Senior Sustainable Development Officer, UNDESA)

Closing Remarks


This side event is organised by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES); the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ); UNU-IAS; and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).


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