The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) is an annual and inclusive intergovernmental forum and a regional platform for supporting countries, in particular those with special needs, in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development while serving as a regional preparatory meeting to the high-level political forum.
The Forum provides a regional perspective on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by identifying regional trends and consolidating and sharing best practices and lessons learned. The Forum takes into consideration the contributions of United Nations system bodies (at the regional level), other regional and sub regional organizations, and relevant stakeholders. The APFSD also supports follow-up and review of progress on the 2030 Agenda at the regional level.
The theme of the 6th APFSD session is “'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. The 6th APFSD will pave way the review of the selected goals at the HLPF - in accordance with General Assembly resolution 70/299.
In line with the regional architecture for follow-up and review, the 6th APFSD Forum (2019) conducted an in-depth review of Goal 4 on quality education.
The theme of the 9th APFSD is “Building back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific”. The 9th APFSD will play a unique role as a catalyzer of solutions and peer learning on how to accelerate transformations for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda while recovering from COVID-19.
The 9th APFSD forum provided the space for an in-depth review of the SDG 4 (Quality Education), which was one of the focus of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July 2022.