[2017] Sustainable Development Transition Forum

Monday, 30 October 2017 - 10:00pm to Thursday, 02 November 2017 - 6:00am


In 2016 the UNOSD’s Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF) convened 100 participants from governments, the United Nations system, policy think tanks, and academic institutions from around the world in Incheon, Republic of Korea to discuss experiences, approaches and challenges in mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDGs into national and sub-national development plans.  
The 2017 SDTF will be convened from 30 October – 1 November 2017 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The forum will build on its 2016 outcomes and insights and help create a bridge between the 2017 High Level Political Forum’s thematic focus of “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” and the 2018 HLPF thematic focus of “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” including the HLPF’s attention in 2018 to SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption), and SDG 15 (Life on Land). 



Concept Note



Formal Opening

Welcome and Opening Reflections

  • Dr. Jean D’Aragon (Senior Sustainable Development Expert, UNOSD)
  • Dr. Jong Soo Yoon (Head of Office, UNOSD)
  • Mr. Sungsoo Jun (Vice-Mayor, Incheon Metropolitan City)
  • Ms. Grazyna Pulawska (Project Manager, Asia-Europe Foundation) 

Introductory Presentation

  • “Insights from the 2017 HLPF" - Mr. Friedrich Soltau (Senior Sustainable Development Officer, Division for Sustainable Development, UN DESA) & Ms. Riina Jussila (Sustainable Development Officer, Division for Sustainable Development, UN DESA)

Keynote Speech


Day 1 (October 30, 2017)

Session 1: Transformation Towards Sustainable Societies

Chairperson and Opening Speaker: “What is transformation and how do we make it happen?” - Ms. Michelle Scobie (University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago) 



Session 2: Mainstreaming and Monitoring the SDGs

Chairperson and Opening Speaker: Ms. Semee Yoon (Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development & Cooperation, Yonsei University)

Panelist (Country Cases):

  • "Honduras" - Ms. Waleska Rosado Zelaya (Secretaria de Coordinacion General de Gobierno, Honduras) 
  • "Jordan"Mr. Mohammed Al-Assaf (Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Jordan)
  • "Philippines" - Ms. Girlie Grace J. Casimiro (National Economic and Development Authority, Philippines) / Note of Presentation 
  • "Mauritius" - Ms. Bibi Waseefah Elahee Doomun (Lead Analyst, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Republic of Mauritius)
  • "Germany"Dr. Guenther Bachmann (Secretary General, German Council for Sustainable Development)


Day 2 (October 31, 2017)

Session 3: SDG 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities

Chairperson and Welcome Remarks: Ms. Birgitte Bryld (Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Division for Sustainable Development, UN DESA)

[Celebration of World Cities Day]

Opening Statement 


Session 3 - Panel 1: Progress and Key Challenges to Achieving SDG 11



Session 3 - Panel 2: Leveraging Synergies for Success



Session 4: SDGs and Finance

Chairperson and Opening Speaker: Ms. Grazyna Pulawska (Project Manager, Asia-Europe Foundation)



Session 5: The SDG Nexus Exercise

Introduction: Mr. Darren Swanson (Novel Futures and IISD, Canada)

Video PresentationDr. Jiří Hlaváček (UN Environment, Kenya)

[Table Breakout Groups]

Facilitators: Dr. Steven Arquitt (Millennium Institute), Darren Swanson (Novel Futures and IISD), Mustafa Moinhuddin (IGES), and Zafarjon Khotamov (IDBG)

Closing Presentations:


Day 3 (November 1, 2017)

Session 6: Transformation Towards Resilient Societies

Chairperson and Opening Speaker: Dr. Suh-Yong Chung (Director, Center for Climate and Sustainable Development Law and Policy of Seoul International Law Academy)



Closing Session

Closing Keynote

H. E. Marie Chatardová (President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council & Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations)

Closing Reflections and Remarks

Dr. Jong Soo Yoon (Head of Office, UNOSD)



Presentation Summaries

Summary Report

Participant List

Speaker Biographies

Information Note

2017 Incheon Communique



You can find meeting pictures here.