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 Expo & 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:
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.
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.
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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:
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:
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.
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.
12:15 to 13:45, Wednesday, 23 January 2019, Room 4102, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore
Across Asia and the Pacific, women are leading innovative solutions in various sectors that contribute to sustainable living, environmental management and climate action. There is a wealth of new knowledge, innovative experiences and useful lessons to be shared such as women’s entrepreneurship in renewable energy, leadership in driving sustainable consumption solutions and governments’ commitment for the role of gender in addressing climate change.
This side event will explore the opportunities to #SolveDifferent by making women agents of change in environmental management, technology transfer and climate action in Asia Pacific. It will reflect on the role of gender in environmental management, address the benefits and trade-offs and how this region can drive the transition to more equitable and sustainable solutions.
12:00 to 13:45, Wednesday, 23 January 2019, Room 4103, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore
The Global Environment Outlook (GEO) provides a comprehensive picture of the world’s environmental trends and challenges. It is a series of products that informs environmental decision-making for governments and various stakeholders, and enhances the interaction between science and policy.
The Global Environment Outlook for Youth in Asia-Pacific report aims to inspire and empower students and young professionals to integrate environmental considerations in their lifestyles, occupational disciplines and professional practices. Developed by a group of young scholars from regional partner institutions, the report will be available in multiple languages.
The side event will showcase the findings of the report and provides a platform for young leaders and professionals to share insights on sustainable behavioural change and practices. The side event will also highlight existing initiatives in Asia Pacific that drive actions towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
12:25 to 13:45, Thursday, 24 January 2019, Room 4102, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore
The Asia Pacific region is at the center of a public health crisis, with over 4 million people dying prematurely each year due to air pollution. Electric mobility is one of the most effective 25 measures identified by UN Environment and its partners to help beat air pollution in the region. Asia-Pacific is already a showcase for electric mobility, yet many countries and cities are not yet able to fully mainstream and maximize benefits from electric mobility.
This side-event aims to:
12:30 to 13:45, Thursday, 24 January 2019, Room 4103, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore
Paris Climate Change Agreement has recognised adaptation as a “global challenge” and framed almost exclusively as a national-to-local concern, while the broader international dimension of climate risk has received little attention in negotiations and pragmatic planning for adaptation. In an increasingly globalised world, it is important to understand how climate change and adaptation will affect interdependent relationships, adaptation measures and responses including understanding cross-border climate risks and informing adaptation planning and communication under the Convention. This side event will explore the transboundary risks that result from both the impacts of climate change and the effects of adaptation interventions (positive and negative). It will focus on the following aspects: (a) the state of knowledge on transboundary climate risks and the transboundary consequences of adaptation interventions (both planned and unintended) and build a common understanding among the target audience of adaptation as a global challenge; (b) highlight examples and case studies of transboundary risks within the Asia Pacific region, and the broader inputs and measures required to move this agenda forward, including the benefits to national-level actors; (c) encourage shared learning on relevant cross-border initiatives, projects and platforms within the region, to highlight the incentives that could be harnessed to better account for transboundary climate risk (across sectors, geographies and communities) and illustrate possible/appropriate policy responses; and (d) assess subsequent actions, roles and responsibilities (for different actors within policy and practice) and concrete opportunities to bring such grounded evidence to bear in the UNFCCC negotiations and/or other legal frameworks/conventions (highlighting common agendas and promoting policy coherence).
12:45 to 14:00, Friday, 25 January 2019, Room 4103, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore
An environmental threat that has attracted unprecedented level of attention in recent years is plastic pollution. In March 2017, UN Environment Programme launched the Clean Seas campaign to clean up the world’s oceans and forge global commitments against marine litter and plastic pollution. The global awareness has since turned into action; with commitments from 57 nations approaching 70 percent of the world’s coastlines, the global Clean Seas campaign is now the largest global compact for combatting marine litter. The Call for Action adopted at the 2017 high-level UN Ocean Conference - to address marine plastic litter through partnerships and leveraging action by all stakeholders – continue spreading across Asia and the Pacific.
Now that stakeholders’ attention has since shifted from “pledges” to “implementation”, incentivizing the society – including individuals, businesses, local governments, civil society groups – to plough ahead to beat plastic pollution is crucial. This side event will bring together prominent players in the transition to share experience in taking actions to beat plastic pollution; and introduce debates on incentives that are necessary for Asia and the Pacific to become Plastic Pollution Free.
13:00 to 14:00, Friday, 25 January 2019, Room 4102, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore
PAGE was conceived at Rio+20 in 2012 to promote the transition to green economy. With a focus on achieving Sustainable Development Goal 8 (inclusive and sustainable economic growth) and 17 (global partnership for sustainable development), PAGE and other partnerships can help unlock the flows of finance needed to make the 2030 Agenda a reality.
The session will explore best practices and raise awareness in the Asia Pacific region about innovative financing and how it is being used to tackle environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production. This session particularly will showcase successful PAGE projects and other initiatives to promote spill-over effect around the region. The side event will also provide opportunities to exchange different policies and enabling conditions already in place to promote the transition to green economy, for example, by mobilizing both public and private finance for infrastructure, technology and productive capacity needed to make economies greener and more circular.