A sustainable APEC 2021
New Zealand intends to host APEC as a major sustainable event certified to the International Standard for event sustainability management systems ISO 20121:2012.
Hosting APEC in 2021 using a sustainable major event framework offers a comprehensive way to meet several of our strategic objectives including policy, experience, business leverage and local support.
It also responds to public expectations that the government continues to demonstrate a leadership role to protect the environment while also caring for the intergenerational wellbeing of people and place.
Our partners and stakeholders have equally expressed a clear interest in hosting APEC in a way that also showcases New Zealand’s sustainability innovation and leadership.
Major events can take a heavy toll on society and the environment. ISO 20121 offers guidance and best practice on how to manage the event, including mitigating its social, economic and environmental impact.
An economy is not inclusive if women can’t get finance, indigenous communities are absent from economic discussions, small and medium enterprises can’t get into the supply chain or digital isn’t rural. Inclusive growth is about tackling these issues, boosting growth in the services sector, and removing barriers to digital trade. Digital platforms enable businesses to export without reaching scale, which is a critical factor for small and medium businesses.
Sustainability must be seen as a prerequisite for growth and we need to challenge ourselves and others to consider sustainability from three perspectives: economic, environmental and social. That’s why our intention is to host APEC 2021 certified to ISO 20121 – the Sustainable Events standard. Hosting APEC in this way allows us to create a credible legacy for future government-led major events in New Zealand.
The United Nations definition of sustainable development covers environmental, economic and social sustainability. It is broader than simply delivering ‘green’ events and/or focusing solely on the environment.