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Sixth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific -
3R as an Economic Industry - Next Generation 3R Solutions for a
Resource-Efficient Society and Sustainable Tourism Development in Asia and the Pacific

16-19 August 2015 | Malé, Maldives


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Natalia Sokolova, Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources, Russian Federation, handing a brochure to Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor, Vice President, Maldives

6th Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the PacificThe Sixth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific formally opened on Monday morning, 17 August, in Malé, Maldives, with remarks by Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives, Yasuhiro Ozato, State Minister of the Environment, Japan, Chikako Takase, Director, UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), and Shoko Noda, UN Resident Coordinator, Maldives. In his keynote address, Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor, Vice President, Maldives, underscored his country’s reliance on and commitment to sustainable tourism development, the special challenges of waste management for small island developing States (SIDS), and the goal of institutionalizing community based waste systems.

Throughout the day three plenary sessions were held, each with presentation of a background paper, followed by presentations on specific issues or country or city case studies and a panel discussion. The first plenary session focused on evolving 3R trends and developments in Asia and the Pacific, and their significance for the post-2015 development agenda, with specific presentations provided on Japan’s efforts to achieve a sound material cycle society, Maldives’ National Waste Management Policy and Plan, and on the interface between 3Rs, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and decent work.

The second plenary session addressed enabling a science-policy-business interface in building smart, resilient, inclusive, low-carbon and sustainable cities and communities, with presentations on the need for a science-policy interface for 3R, the model eco-cities in Japan, work on waste management and resource efficiency in Singapore, 3Rs for resiliency in Bangladesh, and capacity development in South Asian countries.

The third plenary session looked at how the sustainable tourism industry in SIDS could benefit from 3R and resource efficiency, with discussion of the 3R-tourism-marine ecosystem protection interface, and presentations on case studies from Mauritius, Maldives, and Pacific SIDS.

In the evening participants attended a reception hosted by Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives.

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Opening Ceremony


Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives

Ali Amir, Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives


Chikako Takase, Director, UNCRD

Yasuhiro Ozato, State Minister of the Environment, Japan


A view of the conference room during the opening ceremony


Shoko Noda, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Maldives

Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor, Vice President, Maldives


Children performing a traditional Maldivian dance



A group photo of delegates during the opening ceremony


Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor, Vice President, Maldives, (right) takes a group photo with the Indonesian delegation

Chikako Takase, Director, UNCRD, conversing with Wilson W. S. Lu, University of Hong Kong

Plenary Session 1: Evolving 3R Trends and Developments in Asia and the Pacific - How Do They Matter in Post-2015 Development Context?


The dais during the morning plenary


Choudhury Rudra Charan Mohanty, UNCRD

Heinz Schandl, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia


Prasad Modak, President, EMC-India

Masahito Fukami, Ministry of the Environment, Japan


Tomoko Nishimoto, Regional Director, International Labor Organization (ILO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Minjur Dorji, Thimphu City, Bhutan


Natalia Sokolova, Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources, Russian Federation

Ar. Yogeshwar K. Parajuli, Ministry of Urban Development, Nepal


L. Tu Ming Gawng, Director, Foreign Economic Relations Department, Myanmar, consulting with Batsuren Amarsanaa, Vice President, Mongolian Demolition Association, Mongolia

Masaru Tanaka, President, Research Institute of Solid Waste Management Engineering (RISWME), Japan, chatting with Anupam Khajuria, UNCRD


Plenary Session 2: Enabling a 3R Science-Policy-Business Interface in Building Smart, Resilient, Inclusive, Low Carbon and Sustainable Cities and Communities


Shin-ichi Sakai, Kyoto University, Japan

Jacqueline A. Caancan, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines


Junichi Sono, Kitakyushu City, Japan

Jagdeep Singh Deo Karpal Singh, State Minister/Executive Councilor, Town and Country Planning and Housing, Penang State Government, Malaysia


Mohamed Zafarullah, Municipal Council, Matale, Sri Lanka

Thaung Oo, Directorate of Industrial Collaboration, Myanmar


Plenary Session 3: Sustainable Tourism Industry in SIDS -- Benefitting from 3R and Resource Efficiency

Vaughan Levitzke, Zero Waste South Australia

Koh Kim Hock, National Environment Agency, Singapore


Muhammad Khurshid, Director General, South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP)

Ma Bella Guinto, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)


Pasu Loharjun, Ministry of Industry, Thailand

Shun Fung Chiu, De La Salle University, the Philippines


Moosa Zameer, Ministry of Tourism, Maldives

Surya Prakash Chandak, Centre for Development Communication, India

Around the Venue



Protocol officers




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