The theme of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit is “Water Security: Leadership and Commitment, with special focus on water disaster challenges”. More than 10 heads of governments , more than 20 ministers from Asia and the Pacific region and number of UN agencies and international organizations attended the Leader’s Forum. The Chiang Mai Declaration is adopted by the leader’s forum to call for the enhanced leadership and political commitment towards water security and universal access to sanitation in the region.
ESCAP has been mandated to coordinate with the other United Nations agencies to ensure effective use of technology and innovation in water management; to facilitate the sharing of regional and subregional best practices; and to support a capacity development programme to build resilience in Asia and the Pacific to water-related risks and disasters.
With the support of the Government of Thailand, ESCAP, in collaboration with FAO, UN HABITAT, Japan Water Forum has organized two Focus Area Sessions (FAS) and Technical Workshops on Economic, Food and Water Security and Household Water Security (HWS) at the 2nd APWS.
The 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS) was organized by the Asia-Pacific Water Forum in Beppu, Japan in 2007 with the theme of Water Security: Leadership and Commitment. The Summit endorsed the “Message from Beppu” and launched a series of concrete initiatives for addressing regional water-related challenges.
The Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) was established during the Ministerial Meeting at the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico in March 2006. ESCAP was the inaugural member together with ADB and Japan Water Forum.