Director General of South Asia Cooperative Environment Program (SACEP) participated at the fifth session of the UNESCAP Committee on Environment and Development, 21-23, Nov. 2018, Bangkok, Thailand.
The Committee at its fifth session, reviewed the key environmental and developmental issues, trends and challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, including marine pollution, water pollution, air pollution, land degradation, loss of biodiversity, unsustainable management of natural resources, inefficient management of waste and climate change induced disasters. The Committee noted that those environmental challenges posed serious economic costs and negatively impacted human health and livelihoods as well as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Committee underlined the benefits of regional cooperation in several areas, including sustainable consumption and production, ecotourism, transboundary air pollution, ocean governance and natural disasters. It was pointed out that regional forums enabled networking, research and technical support and that international cooperation frameworks promoted connectivity and collaboration. The United Nations, development partners, non-governmental organizations and donors were called upon to further support national strategies and means of implementation.
Member States recommended that partnerships be strengthened with subregional organizations, such as the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme, the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia and the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation, for promoting nature-based solutions for biodiversity and ecosystems and services conservation and restoration.