The 15th Meeting of SACEP Governing Council and the 6th Inter-governmental Meeting of South Asia Seas Programme was held on 6th November 2019, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The meetings started its work by a statement made by Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister, Government of Bangladesh, Md. Shahab Udden, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of Bangladesh, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, Out- going Chair of SACEP GC, Mr. Idrees Malyar Deputy Director General of National Environment Protection Agency, Government of Afghanistan and Mr. Shahab Faisal Out-going Chair IMM, Government of Pakistan. Director General of SACEP Dr. Abas Basir at his opening remarks welcomed the dignitaries and the delegates of the member countries for the 15th Governing Council of SACEP and invited the dignitaries to join hands for successful deliberations, He also thanked Government of Bangladesh for hosting these meetings.
During these Meetings, Environment Ministers and the high- level officials from 8 member countries and also SACEP international partners including UN agencies came together and addressed the daunting environmental challenges of today and adopted SACEPs’ and SASP work programmes for the year 2020-2021, SACEP Strategy for the year 2020-2030, South Asia Roadmap towards Sustainable Waste Management and Resource Circulation. The meeting also adopted a declaration on Sustainable Public Procument, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Strategy for South Asia, and the Regional Marine Litter Action Plan for the Region.
The 15th Meeting of the Governing Council of SACEP and the 6th Inter-ministerial Meeting of South Asia Seas Programme were preceded by 3 days meetings of National Focal Points, which came with specific recommendations for the 15th GC and 6th IMM meetings. All of these recommendations endorsed by the 15th GC and 6th IMM.