The Regional Dialogue on Waste Water Management in Asia
15-16 June 2010, Kuala Lumpur
The Regional Dialogue on Wastewater Management in Asia-Pacific was organized in Kuala Lumpur on 15-16 June 2010 by ESCAP in collaboration with the Malaysian Water Partnership (MyWP) and supported by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM). The Dialogue is an initiative of ESCAP as an outcome of the implementation of the KOICA-funded project on the development of eco-efficient water infrastructure in Asia-Pacific within the Green Growth strategy for sustainable development. The Dialogue provided opportunities for synergy with the recently released HAPII (Hashimoto Action Plan II) by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) in late January 2010 and particularly the “Wastewater Revolution in Asia” which was discussed among UN-Water organizations on in Hamilton, Canada in late February 2010. The objective of the Dialogue is to share the available experiences and approaches in wastewater management, to exchange latest developments on new technologies and strategies and to solicit commitments and efforts to translate the concept on “Wastewater Revolution in Asia” into actions at the national and regional levels
The Dialogue was opened by H.E. Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Malaysia with the participation of Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary General and the Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr. Arjun Thapan, Special Senior Advisor for Infrastructure and Water, Office of the President of Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Dr. Olivia Castillo, Chair and Founding Member, Sustainable Development Solutions for Asia & the Pacific (SDSAP) and Board Member of UNSGAB.
Partners to the Dialogue included UNSGAB, ADB, UNESCO, UN-HABITAT, KWF (Korea Water Forum), JSC (Japan Sanitation Consortium), PUB (Public Utilities Board of Singapore), IWA (International Water Association), as well as MyWP (Malaysian Water Partnership) and ASM (Academy of Sciences Malaysia). MyWP was represented by their members from SPAN (National Water Services Commission) MWA (Malaysian Water Association), IWK (Indah Water Konsortium), SMHB and ASPEC.
Apart from the exchange of experiences and information related to the latest developments that necessitate the wastewater revolution, the discussion and working groups during the Dialogue provided an overall framework to enhance synergy among the existing programmes and initiatives on wastewater management in the Asia Pacific countries as well as to further develop the regional network and partnerships for follow up action. This overall framework was accepted as a Kuala Lumpur Initiative within the Road Map on the Development of Eco-efficient Water Infrastructure of ESCAP. This Road Map is now scheduled to submission to the coming Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan in September 2010.
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