On 20 September 2017, UNU-IAS entered into a new collaborative agreement with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Kazuhiko Takemoto, UNU-IAS Director, and Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP.
With this agreement, both parties agreed to enhance the effectiveness and impact of their respective work on environment and development issues, particularly on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. They also plan to promote science-policy interface in Asia and the Pacific through joint analytical work and development of evidence-based instruments that support policymakers and other stakeholders to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The present primary focus of collaboration will include a regional platform for science-policy interface; integrated approaches for SDG planning; and evidence-based policymaking, monitoring, follow up and review.
As the first flagship project, both parties are currently developing guidelines to strengthen multi-stakeholder partnerships aimed at supporting the achievement of the 2030 Agenda by national governments in Asia and the Pacific. A related workshop was jointly organized last March in Bangkok at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) 2017. The guidelines are expected to be published at the next APFSD in 2018.