India hands over the chair of the 9th 3R Forum to Thailand
The final day of the Eighth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific opened in Indore, India, with a plenary session focused on the challenges of mobilizing financing for 3R in the region, with presentations by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the World Bank, the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), and the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ).
This was followed by a dialogue on public-private partnerships (PPPs) to advance 3Rs in Asia-Pacific wherein individual private sector representatives interact directly with individual country delegates for a short period of time before rotating on to the next interaction. The dialogue was organized in line with the objectives of International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA), a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Partnership under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Delegates reviewed and adopted a Chair's summary with several minor amendments. The summary adoption was followed by announcement of 3R Awards given to civil society organizations (CSOs) and industry in waste management. In a formal ceremony, it was announced that the Ninth Regional 3R Forum will be held in Chaing Mai, Thailand, at a date still to be determined, and India handed over the Chair of the Forum to Thailand.
Closing remarks were offered by Yasuo Takahashi, Ministry of Environment, Japan, Birgitte Bryld, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), Durga Shanker Mishra, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), India, and Maya Singh, Minister for Urban Development, Madhya Pradesh, India.
The meeting closed at 3:03 pm. Later in the afternoon participants went on field visits to see a waste transfer station, bioremediation plant and integrated solid waste processing facility. In the evening MoHUA hosted a farewell reception for delegates.
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