Considering a framework to make policies for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Planning and operating a meeting to carry out the SDGs
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. There are 17 goals and 169 targets raised in the SDGs. In Japan, we face the problems of having lack of human resources who implement the SDGs’ projects for their policies. The UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Fukuoka office held a meeting to identify the policies, in order for Japanese professionals and companies to make a contribution to the SDGs. And we, Region Works, designed and organized the program for the meeting.
Proposal of implementation programs, based on the expert meeting
The function of experts in the particular fields and experts who coordinate between various fields is widely different. We consider that it is significant to design the framework for linking between both experts, so that they can cooperate together. We curated both experts from various fields. For the experts in specific fields, we curated companies. And for the experts who coordinate, we curated independent professionals. On November 21, 2016, the ‘Environmental Technology Expert Group Meeting – The inclusive and flexible cities in the Asia-Pacific region: in the ‘New basic policies of the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and Japanese private sectors’ was held in Fukuoka. We welcomed 13 experts for the meeting and Goto was the facilitator in the meeting. He proposed a hypothesis to the experts and asked them for their opinions to detect it. Based on the suggestions which were obtained in the meeting, we made a report for the implementation program.
Region Works LLC Founder / President / Executive Director
We mustn’t let the movement of the SDGs go as a temporary trend. Instead, we must use the movement in our policies and projects to forecast. We took part in the project with such thoughts and a sense of mission. I think that my working experience in the METRO Council in the Portland metropolitan area, San Francisco City Hall, as well as think tanks of the extra-government organization in Fukuoka City. Above all, the experience of cooperating with private sectors helped me a lot. In the Asia-Pacific region, there is a problem that they need to link between fields both in public and private sectors. To solve the problem, we will suggest for domestic and foreign projects to establish the function of the City Manager.