The Preparatory Meeting of Senior Officials for the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific 2005 was held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea from 24 to 26 March 2005. The Preparatory Meeting was attended by representatives of 52 members and associate members of ESCAP. The 5th MCED which was organized by UNESCAP in partnership with UNEP, UNDP and ADB, has been generously hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea.
The Preparatory Meeting of Senior Officials was attended by more than 11 major UN bodies, more than 12 international organizations and more than 14 international non-governmental organizations.
The delegations to the Preparatory Meeting of Senior Officials for the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific were warmly welcomed by the Executive Secretary of ESCAP, who also expressed his appreciation to the Government of the Republic of Korea for generously hosting the Conference and for the excellent arrangements and gracious hospitality.
A special briefing session, which presented an overview of the tragic consequences and extent of devastation caused by the recent tsunami, and the response strategies to address the risk of natural hazards for sustainable development in the Asia and Pacific region was held at the outset of the Senior Officials Meeting.
The Preparatory Meeting of Senior Officials reviewed the state of the environment in Asia and the Pacific and principally agreed with the assessment, which revealed that the current pattern of economic growth is putting pressure on the environmental sustainability of the region. The SOM also agreed that there was a need for the region to pursue environmentally sustainable economic growth as required for achieving internationally agreed goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The Preparatory Meeting of Senior Officials also noted the concerns of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the least developed countries and the countries with economies in transition with the results of the unsustainable use of natural resources and recommended their needs for assistance in terms of enhanced financing, technology transfer, particularly cost-effective technology, and capacity- building for these countries to attain environmentally sustainable economic growth.
The Preparatory Meeting of Senior Officials reviewed extensively recommended for adoption at the Ministerial Meeting the draft Ministerial Declaration on Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific 2005, the draft Regional Implementation Plan for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific Region, 2006-2010 and the draft the draft Seoul Initiative on Environmentally Sustainable Economic Growth (Green Growth).