Highlights and images for 24 April 2022

Han Seung-soo, Chair of the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) and former Prime Minister of Korea

The Fourth Asia-Pacific Water Summit (4th APWS), convening for its final day, began with a special high-level session for small island developing states (SIDS) to address vulnerabilities to climate disasters and SIDS-specific water issues.

High-level statements to the summit also continued as did thematic sessions. Thematic sessions on:

  • Water, Culture, and Peace addressed guiding principles that foster peace for enhanced resilience against water-related disasters.
  • Sound Water Cycle discussed promoting water cycle policies in river and groundwater basins to safeguard water security.
  • Water and Food discussed promoting appropriate technologies for increasing production, maintaining proper agriculture water management, and strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related disasters.

These were followed by discussions in integrated sessions on:

  • Governance, which addressed how to take the bold and transformative steps needed to accelerate the rate of progress on water governance and achieve the SDGs by 2030.
  • Finance, which explored how to maximize investment from both the private and public sectors to address water security and disaster risk reduction.
  • Science and Technology, which addressed initiatives to enhance the development and sharing of knowledge, data and observation, including tools and capacity-building programmes to help decision making on water security in a changing climate.

In a final integrated session, the summit amalgamated messages and outcomes of the integrated sessions to find ways forward for reform and improvement in these three areas for implementation of the Kumamoto Declaration.

Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, the Netherlands

Neeta Pokhrel, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Howard Bamsey, Chair, Global Water Partnership (GWP)

Ravi Narayanan, Outgoing Chair, APWF

Yōko Kamikawa, Member of the House of Representatives, Former Minister of Justice, Japan

Mark Pascoe, incoming Chair, APWF

Han Seung-soo, Chair of the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea

Youth Representatives during the closing ceremony

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