EIGHTH REGIONAL 3R FORUM IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
9-12 APRIL 2018
The Regional 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) Forum in Asia and the Pacific held its eighth meeting in Indore, India, from 9-12 April 2018 under the theme “Achieving Clean Water, Clean Land and Clean Air through 3R and Resource Efficiency – A 21st Century Vision for Asia – Pacific Communities.” The meeting was organized by the UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), the Ministry of the Environment (MOEJ), Japan, and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), India.
The Eighth 3R Forum examined:
- The role of a circular economy in reducing air, land and water pollution, and in enhancing national productivity;
- How to promote zero waste societies in Asia-Pacific countries;
- How 3R policies can contribute to protection of coastal and marine ecosystems;
- The role of 3R technologies in promoting resource security; and
- Options for financing implementation of 3R policies and programs, including infrastructure development.
The eighth meeting launched “The State of the 3Rs in Asia and the Pacific,” a regular assessment report prepared by experts regarding progress in implementation of the Ha Noi 3R Declaration (2013-2023) adopted at the fourth meeting held in 2013 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.
Around 700 participants attended the eighth meeting of the Forum from 45 countries, including government representatives from the following 28 Forum participating countries: Other participants included members of the 3R Forum’s Subsidiary Expert Group, representatives from various UN and international organizations, universities, scientific and research organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the private and business sector, local observers and waste management professionals.
The forum concluded with the signing by mayors and city authorities of 37 cities of the Indore Declaration on Achieving Clean Water, Clean Land and Clean Air in Cities calling for collective efforts on 3R and resource efficiency to achieve clean land, water and air. It will remain open for
Signature by the region’s other cities until 2030.
Malini Laxmansingh Gaur, Mayor, Indore City, India, signs the Indore 3R Declaration on Achieving Clean Water, Clean Land and Clean Air in Cities