The 2nd Asia Pacific Water Summit

19 May 2013 to 20 May 2013
Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) was initially proposed by the participants at the 4th World Water Forum (4th WWF) Regional Preparatory Process that was coordinated by the Japan Water Forum (JWF). During the Ministerial Meeting that led to the Joint Declaration, the establishment of the APWF was supported by several agencies in the region, including ADB, UNESCAP, GWP, KWF, SOPAC, JBIC, MRC, FAO, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNISDR and IUCN. At the 4th WWF, regional documents coordinated by Japan Water Forum (JWF) and 5 sub-regional coordinators (Korea Water Forum, Global Water Partnership (GWP) South East Asia, GWP South Asia, GWP CACENA, and the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC)) together with regional water stakeholders reported on the Asia-Pacific region’s alarming water-related challenges. These challenges included the need for increased access to improved water supplies and sanitation through investments in infrastructure and capacity building, for protection and restoration of river basins as the fundamental provider of freshwater resources through Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), and for the need to drastically reduce the vulnerability of human populations to water-related disasters.

To enhance improvements of existing efforts in spearheading important activities and achieving significant results throughout the Asia-Pacific region, Focus Area Sessions of the 2nd APWS, will harness the knowledge and experience of these stakeholders. A cooperative platform will be established through which this growing knowledge base can be further developed and disseminated.