SDGs and Business Contribution in Southeast Asia


Established by the United Nations in 2015, the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) collectively provide a comprehensive framework for actions to achieve sustainable development across the world. Governments increasingly recognise the importance of aligning post-pandemic economic and social recovery with SDGs. The goal of this inaugural joint ISEAS-RIETI webinar is to take stock of the current progress achieved in meeting some of the key elements of SDGs in Southeast Asia. It will begin with a presentation of Southeast Asia’s overall SDG progress and the recent the Climate Change Outlook Survey conducted by ISEAS. This will be followed by a presentation on SDGs in Indonesia. Two presenters from the private sector will then discuss the contributions of and opportunities for businesses in the region.

*This webinar will be held as one program within the ASEAN-Japan Business Week.
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ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS), formerly known as Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, is an autonomous organization established by an Act of Parliament in 1968, was renamed ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute in August 2015. It is a leading research centre dedicated to the study of socio-political, security, and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment.


  • Time and Date: 12:00pm-1:30pm (Japan Standard Time), Tuesday, May 25, 2021
  • Venue: Online (Zoom)
  • Language: English / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: Free
  • Capacity: 1000
  • Hosts: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) / ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Contact: Ms. Marutake, Conference Section
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12:00-12:10 Opening remarks

Choi Shing Kwok (Director and CEO, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)

Makoto Yano (Chairman, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI))

12:10-13:30 Presentations and Discussions


Yanuar Nugroho (Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)

Sharon Seah (Senior Fellow and Coordinator at the ASEAN Studies Centre and Coordinator of the Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)

Virendra Shelar (Executive Officer of OMRON Corporation, the General Manager of Global Human Resource Strategy Department and President of OMRON Management Center of Asia Pacific, Inc.)

Kihoko Tokue (Managing Director, Leave a Nest Singapore)


Masataka Saburi (Director of PR Strategy, RIETI)

*Agenda is subject to change