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Bangkok - 04 Dec 2020

News Number: N/22/2020

Asia-Pacific governments meet to deliberate on region’s environmental challenges

The sixth session of the Committee on Environment and Development next week will bring together high-level representatives from across the Asia-Pacific countries to deliberate on the region’s environmental challenges in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the session will also focus on necessary actions across four key environmental domains critical to the Asia-Pacific region: Raising Climate Ambition, Safeguarding Ecosystem Health, Clean Air for All, and Cities for a Sustainable Future.

Members of the media are invited to watch the ESCAP Committee on Environment and Development proceedings virtually:

When:                9 December 2020, 11.00am – 5.00pm and 10 December 2020, 10.00am – 4.00pm (Bangkok time)

Watch online:   www.youtube.com/UNESCAP

Key speakers:

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Ms. Joyce Msuya, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat
  • Ms.  Dechen Tsering, Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Dr. Sonali Senaratna Sellamuttu, Country Representative, Integrated Water Management Institute for Southeast Asia and Myanmar 
  • Ms. Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Mr. Ken O’Flaherty, United Kingdom COP26 Regional Ambassador for Asia/Pacific and South Asia

For more information and the full programme: https://www.unescap.org/intergovernmental-meetings/committee-environment-and-development-sixth-session

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