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First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific

19-20 May 2015 | UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand


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First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific opens in Bangkok, Thailand

First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia PacificThe First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific opened on 19 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the participation of high-level delegations from 35 countries.

Kaveh Zahedi, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, and Oyun Sanjaasuren, UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) President and Chair of the Forum, welcomed ministers and senior officials. Sanjaasuren described the First Forum as a chance to see how UNEA decisions have been put into action, identify regional inputs to the second UNEA meeting in May 2016, and provide guidance on the UNEP medium-term strategy 2018-2021.

Dapong Ratanasuwan, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand, formally opened the First Forum, drawing attention to the forthcoming ASEAN Economic Community in 2016 and “the urgent and pressing need” to more sustainably manage the Asia-Pacific region’s natural resource base.

Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, delivered the inaugural address on “Investing in the Pacific’s Nature-Based Economies,” giving examples of the “sense of preservation” that is ingrained in traditional practices related to the sustainable harvesting of natural resources.

On opportunities for a green economy in Asia Pacific, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, urged delegates to not only consider “end-of-pipe” problems, but to embrace the challenge of designing future environmental strategies.

Delegations highlighted success stories of valuing natural resources in their countries, and suggested ways that the international community can provide support for implementing the SDGs and addressing the region's environmental challenges.

At a lunchtime event on “Asia-Pacific and Climate Change,” delegates heard a keynote address by Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice-President and Head of Department of Environment, Islamic Republic of Iran, and remarks by Mona Ioane, Associate Minister, Ministry of Environment, Cook Islands.

During the afternoon session, UNEP launched a publication and video on “Indicators for a Resource-Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific.”

In the evening, the Government of Thailand hosted all delegates at a cocktail reception and cultural show.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and a summary report from the 1st Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific which may be downloaded in HTML or PDF format.


Opening Session



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Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP

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Oyun Sanjaasuren, President, UNEA


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Dapong Ratanasuwan, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand

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Anote Tong, President of Kiribati


A group photo of heads of delegations after opening session


Session 2 - Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals and Environmental Sustainability in Asia Pacific


A view of the conference room


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Shamshad Akhtar, ESCAP Executive Secretary

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Faamoetauloa Lealaiauloto Taito Faale Tumaalii, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa


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Abdullahi Majeed, Minister of State, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Maldives

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Mukhisa Kituyi, UN Under-Secretary-General and Secretary General of UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)


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Rasio Ridho Sani, Secretary of the Ministry, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia

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Soichiro Seki, Vice-Minister for Global Environment, Ministry of the Environment, Japan


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Krishna Chandra Paudel, Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology & Environment, Nepal

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Wan Bentai, Chief Engineer, Ministry of Environment Protection (MEP), China

Session 3 - Environment Outlook for Asia Pacific


Bindu Lohani, Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank (ADB)


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Ramon J.P. Paje, Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines

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Mona Ioane, Associate Minister, Ministry of Environment, Cook Islands


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Constancio Da Conceicao Pinto, Vice Minister, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment (MCIE), Timor-Leste

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Jeong Yeon-Man, Vice Minister, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea


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Delegates viewed a video summarising the report on "Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific"

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Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, hands over the report "Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific" to Oyun Sanjaasuren, Forum Chair

Session 4 - Environment and Health Linkages in Asia Pacific


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Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Australia

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Masoumeh Ebtakar, Vice President and Head of Department of Environment, Islamic Republic of Iran


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Sabo Ojano, Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Cambodia

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Samuel Manetoali, Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Solomon Islands


Tan Gee Keow, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore

Lunch Event: Asia Pacific and Climate Change


L-R: Mona Ioane, Associate Minister, Ministry of Environment, Cook Islands; Masoumeh Ebtakar, Vice President and Head of Department of Environment, Islamic Republic of Iran; and Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP


Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP


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Masoumeh Ebtakar, Vice President and Head of Department of Environment, Islamic Republic of Iran

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Mona Ioane, Associate Minister, Ministry of Environment, Cook Islands


Delegations gathering at lunch event

Press Conference


L-R: Ramon J.P. Paje, Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines; Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP; and Heinz Schandl, Senior Principal Scientist of CSIRO and Chief Author of the report “Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific”

Around the Venue


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Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, greets the welcoming committee.

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Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, arrives at the venue.


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Dapong Ratanasuwan, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand, greeted by Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP

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Oyun Sanjaasuren, President UNEA, shakes hand with Dapong Ratanasuwan, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand.



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Specific funding for coverage of the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific has been provided by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) - Regional Office for Asia Pacific (ROAP)
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