The first Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 5-8 September 2017, and is jointly organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Environment.
At the request of member States, the Ministerial Summit will bring together, for the first time, two UN ministerial-level meetings on the environment: the seventh Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific and the second session of UN Environment’s Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific.
The Ministerial Summit will focus on addressing the linkages between resource efficiency and pollution reduction in Asia and the Pacific, under the theme ‘Towards a resource efficient and pollution free Asia-Pacific’. The Summit will review implementation of the outcomes of the sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, which took place in Astana, Kazakhstan, in 2010.
Ministers are expected to adopt a Ministerial Declaration to provide guidance for regional cooperation on environment and development issues. The meeting will also provide guidance regarding ESCAP's work programme on environment and development.
Additionally, the meeting will review implementation of the 2016 UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolutions in Asia and the Pacific and provide guidance on regional priorities and actions for the December 2017 UNEA, which will convened under the them, ‘Towards a Pollution-Free Planet’. The Summit is being jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Environment. On 4 September, a one-day meeting of civil society organizations (CSOs) will convene.
dates: 5-8 September 2017
venue: UN Conference Center, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue
location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand