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IAIA Special Symposium - The competing challenges of sustainability and economic development: Using impact assessment to achieve the SDGs in Asia


Kuching Malaysia

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The introduction of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development established a series of ambitious development goals for the international community. This is particularly the case for Asia, where significant challenges remain to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Join us in Kuching, Malaysia to discuss how impact assessment (IA) can offer an important basis for providing both the private and public sector the necessary tools and techniques to better engage in a more balanced and equitable development approach to achieve the SDGs. About 300 delegates from 30+ countries are expected to attend the symposium and the post-event training courses.

This symposium will target how voluntary IA tools and techniques, such as sustainability assessments, life cycle assessments, risk assessments, and materiality analysis, can be utilized in a region where regulatory efforts around IAs continue to experience challenges, with both the private and public sector arguing against further investment and business regulation.

Some of the topics of the symposium are:

  • IA and the SDGs
  • IA in the developing country context
  • IA for the private sector to address income inequality
  • International sustainability standards, guidelines, and criteria and their relationship with IA
  • The role of international organizations in driving voluntary IA use by the private sector

For a full list of topics and symposium updates,visit A tentative schedule with the final program is available at

In addition, two post-symposium training courses will be offered (3-4 October).

  • Impact Assessment and Stakeholder Engagement: Effective Approaches and Techniques
  • SIA in Conflict Zones in Southeast Asia: Approaching Sustainability and Understanding Power

For 38 years, the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) has been holding annual conferences and special events all over the world to promote best practices in impact assessment. We are the leading global network on the best practice for using impact assessment to make informed decisions.

We hope you can join us in Kuching!

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