JAKARTA, 19 September 2016 - ASEAN Secretariat, in cooperation with the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to ASEAN and the United Nations Development Programme hosted the Symposium on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “Leave No One Behind” today.

The symposium addressed challenges in implementing the 2030 Agenda and ASEAN Vision 2025, and also sought to find complementarity in working together for community building and sustainable development in this region.

Symposium attendees participated in roundtable discussions and recommended priority actions for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and ASEAN Vision 2025 in the areas of poverty eradication, environmental sustainability, partnerships/investment, health, gender and vulnerable groups, and education.

H.E. Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community stated that “promoting ASEAN community building will require, among others, public awareness, ownership and capacity building. The successful implementation of ASEAN Vision 2025 and the 2030 Agenda will be the key determining factor in this endeavour.” He added the ASEAN member states look forward to working closely with China and UN entities in the course of implementing the 2030 Agenda.

In his remarks, H.E. Xu Bu, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to ASEAN stressed that sustainable development is the shared goal of China and ASEAN. In this process, there is a great amount of opportunities of cooperation to be explored. China and ASEAN should synergise their development strategies, further enhance the strategic partnership, and work closely together on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and towards the common development and prosperity of this region.

About 60 senior representatives from government agencies responsible for the implementation of the SDGs engaged in policy dialogue with representatives from think tanks and civil society organizations from ASEAN Member States and China.

Adopted unanimously by 193 countries at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, the 2030 Agenda calls on the international community to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Similarly, the ASEAN Vision 2025 adopted by ASEAN Member States in November 2015, also calls on Member States to build an ASEAN Community that is inclusive, sustainable, resilient and dynamic.