• Overview
  • Schedule
  • Documents
  • CSO Forum
  • Side Events
  • Media

The third session of UN Environment’s Forum of Ministers & Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, will take place from 23 to 25 January 2019 in Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore. The Forum will focus on UNEA-4 theme ‘Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production’. The Forum is an opportunity for Member States in Asia Pacific to bring an Asia Pacific perspective to discussions at the world's highest-level decision-making body on the environment, the UN Environment Assembly, which will meet in March 2019 in Nairobi. The meeting will be jointly organized by Singapore’s Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and the UN Environment.

At the Forum, Member States will:

  • Review progress on implementation of UN Environment Assembly resolutions in Asia and the Pacific;
  • Review progress of regional forums where UN Environment is the secretariat, including Asia Pacific Clean Asia Partnership, Asia Pacific Adaptation Network, and Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia;
  • Identify priorities and engagement with Major Groups and Stakeholders in Asia Pacific;
  • Engage with private sector on environmental solutions;
  • Identify priorities and emerging issues from the region to be reflected in preparations for the upcoming UN Environment Assembly;
  • Provide regional inputs to the UN Environment Assembly theme and its draft outcome documents at its fourth session; and
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities to strengthen the regional environmental agenda for delivering the sustainable development goals and regional commitments to international agreements.  

The Forum is also an occasion for UN Environment partners, UN agencies, private sector representatives, scientists, academia, and civil society to bring their perspectives and ideas to achieve the environmental dimension of the 2030 sustainable development agenda.

Provisional Agenda

Background

The 2nd Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) in May 2016 adopted Resolution No. 2/2 ‘Role and functions of the regional forums of ministers of environment and environment authorities’ in which it requested the Executive Director, within the mandate of UN Environment, to support and to facilitate convening and/or strengthening the existing regional forums of ministers of environment and environment authorities. In the first session of the Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific held in May 2015, Member States requested the Executive Director of UN Environment to hold regular sessions of the Forum, convening every two years. The second session of the Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities for Asia Pacific held in Sep 2017 in Bangkok under the theme ‘Towards a resource efficient and pollution free Asia-Pacific’ and provided regional inputs to 2017 UN Environment Assembly as a preparatory process.

Chair Summary, First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific

Chair Summary, Second Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific

 

CONTACT

UN Environment

2nd floor, United Nations Building

Rajadamnern Nok Avenue

Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Telephone: (66-2) 288-1899

E-mail: [email protected]

 

Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources

40 Scotts Road, #24-00

Environment Building

Singapore 228231

Telephone: (65) 67331 9000

Fax: (65) 6731 9456

E-mail: [email protected]

24 Jan 2019 - Day 1

Time & Place
Event Details
04:00
Senior officials segment Senior officials segment of the third Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific.
05:00
Opening session Opening of the senior officials meeting of the third Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific (*Member States primarily served by UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office):

(a) Opening addresses;
(b) Election of officers;
(c) Adoption of the agenda.
05:50
Break Coffee and tea break.
06:15
Review of the implementation of the resolutions of the UN Environment Assembly and Secretariat Functions in Asia and the Pacific. Review of the implementation of the resolutions of the UN Environment Assembly and Secretariat Functions in Asia and the Pacific.
07:45
Interventions from the floor Interventions from the floor
08:00
Lunch break and side events Lunch break and side events
10:00
Regional inputs to 2019 UN Environment Assembly outcome Regional inputs to 2019 UN Environment Assembly outcome:
(a) UN Environment Assembly theme: Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable
Consumption and Production.
(b) Draft resolutions for the 2019 UN Environment Assembly
(c) Draft Ministerial Declaration for 2019 UN Environment Assembly
11:30
Interventions from the floor Interventions from the floor
11:45
Adoption of the report of the senior officials segment Adoption of the report of the senior officials of the third Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific (*Member States primarily served by UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office)
  Major Groups and Stakeholders’ Forum on the Environment

The Third Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of the Asia Pacific will take place from 24th to 25th of January 2019 in Singapore, with a one-day Major Group and Stakeholders’ Forum on 23rd January 2019. The meeting is jointly organized by Singapore’s Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) Asia and the Pacific Office. The meeting also serves as a platform for Member States and Major Groups and Stakeholders to contribute regional perspectives to the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) that will be held in March 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. It will carry the theme: “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production.” The proposed focus areas are:

  1. Environmental challenges related to poverty and natural resources management, including sustainable food systems, food security and halting biodiversity loss;
  2. Life-cycle approaches to resource efficiency, energy, chemicals and waste management;
  3. Innovative sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change.

The Major Group and Stakeholders’ Forum is intended to provide a platform for major groups and stakeholders and social movements to organize their positions and strategic inputs, and ensure that voices of marginalized sectors and grassroots are included in the Third Forum of Ministers. The outcome of the Major Group and Stakeholders’ Forum will present a collective Major Group and Stakeholders’ input to the Forum of Ministers and a regional Major Group and Stakeholders’ input to UNEA-4 in 2019.

The Major Group and Stakeholders’ Forum will aim to:

  1. Enable major groups and stakeholders and grassroots representatives to prepare their collective views and positions on the issues at UNEA-4 and on the agenda of the 3rd Forum of Ministers and to ensure equitable opportunities to present those during the official sessions;
  2. Ensure that the voice and views of major groups and stakeholders and grassroots movement in the region on the various issues in the UNEA-4 theme will be adequately and fairly presented and reflected in the Asia-Pacific regional inputs to UNEA-4;
  3. Provide opportunities for major groups and stakeholders and grassroots representatives from across the region to understand and deliberate on the issues in innovative solutions to environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production relevant to the specific situation and experiences in Asia-Pacific.

The format of the one-day Major Group and Stakeholders’ Forum will also enable active participation and productive deliberation among the participants. Plenary sessions will involve interactive processes while illuminating issues on the agenda, and offer contributions based on on-the-ground experiences and lessons from across Asia-Pacific. Workshops/group discussions will also be organized to allow opportunities for participants to focus on specific topics that will contribute to achieving the objectives of the Major Group and Stakeholders’ Forum.  A collective Statement from Major Group and Stakeholders summarizing the key inputs and positions of the participants on the agenda of the Third Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of the Asia Pacific will be adopted as main outcome document.

To apply please fill in this application form: LINK

Note: The geographical coverage of the UN Environment Asia-Pacific office includes 41 Member States: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Kiribati, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Korea (the Republic of), Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.  
SIDE EVENT TITLE 

Date, 13:00 - 14:00 hrs

Location

There is growing recognition of the urgent need to address ...description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description

More information: Link to concept note

Background Materials
  • A
  • B
  • C
SIDE EVENT TITLE 

Date, 13:00 - 14:00 hrs

Location

There is growing recognition of the urgent need to address ...description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description

More information: Link to concept note

Background Materials
  • A
  • B
  • C
SIDE EVENT TITLE 

Date, 13:00 - 14:00 hrs

Location

There is growing recognition of the urgent need to address ...description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description

More information: Link to concept note

Background Materials
  • A
  • B
  • C