SDG Innovation Leaders Forum (By Invitation Only)

5 June 2023 | 3.00pm - 6.30pm

The Gallery | Capella Singapore

The year 2023 marks the mid-point of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Home to 4.5 billion people and accounting for half of the world's total carbon emissions, the Asia Pacific region plays a critical role in building a sustainable future. However, the region has achieved less than 15% of the necessary progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).*

To meet the ambitions of the SDGs, collaboration between public and private sector is now of utmost importance, to accelerate innovation to solve the pressing economic, social and environmental challenges of our time. There is also a strong business case to invest in a sustainable future, with the addressable market for green businesses in Asia expected to reach between $4 trillion and $5 trillion by 2030.^

The inaugural SDG Innovation Leaders Forum aims to bring together governments, startups, investors and ecosystem partners to mobilize resources and catalyse collaborations to achieve the SDGs and build a future of inclusive, sustainable development. The Forum is a by-invitation event, presented by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Amazon Web Services (AWS), and supported by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore, the UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Should you wish to learn more about the Forum, please contact Tuan Nguyen.

* Source: Championing sustainability despite adversities: Launch of the Asia-Pacific SDG Progress Report 2023

^ Source: Asia’s $5 trillion green business opportunity



3.00pm – 3.10pm: Opening Remarks by ESCAP and AWS


  • Rupa Chanda, Director of the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • Rahul Sharma, Regional Managing Director – Asia Pacific & Japan, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services