Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Meeting kicks off
Seoul, Republic of Korea
About 50 representatives of the Asia Pacific Civil Society, from all the five sub-regions of the Asia Pacific (Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and the South Pacific) are gathering in Seoul from 2-3 November 2006 to discuss the regionís input to the eighth Global Civil Society Forum (GCSF) to be held in February 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya, prior to the 24th session of the UNEP Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum (24th GC/GMEF), scheduled from 5 to 9 February 2007.
Issues to be discussed in Seoul include:
- Water and the Environment- updated water policy and strategy of the United Nations Environment Programme with a focus on freshwater resources;
- Chemical management and the Strategic approach to International Chemical Management (SAICM) as a background paper intended to stimulate discussion and highlight chemicals management issues of concern to Governments;
- The Millennium Development Goals and the Environment;
- Gender and the Environment as a response to the mandate given to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme to integrate further gender equality and environment activities into the programme of work of UNEP;
- Globalization, Ecosystems services and Human well being: discussions will cover the challenge of globalization, environmental risks and human well being, opportunities of globalization, environmental opportunities and policies issues.
Most major groups are represented in the Asia Pacific regional meeting in Seoul (Women, Youth, Indigenous peoples, NGOs, Local Authorities, Worker and Trade Unions, Business and Industry, scientific community).
The meeting is is being organised in partnership with the UNEP Eco-Peace Leadership Centre (EPLC), which was launched in the Republic of Korea earlier in August this year.† More details on-line at:† http://www.roap.unep.org/press/NR06-05.html
The meeting will have a wide representation of Asia Pacific countries including:
Central Asia:† Kazakhstan, Tajikstan and Uzbekistan
South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka
Southeast Asia:† Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam
South Pacific:† Australia and Fiji
Northeast Asia:† China, Japan, Mongolia and the host country, the Republic of Korea.