First Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment

Towards a resource-efficient and pollution free Asia-Pacific

5 - 8 September 2017
UN Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

The Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment will be held in Bangkok from 5 to 8 September 2017, jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Environment.

Held under the theme ‘Towards a resource-efficient and pollution free Asia-Pacific’, the Summit provides an opportunity to assess the state of environmental sustainability in the region, identify regional perspectives and priorities, and agree on concerted actions to promote sound environmental management and sustainable use of natural resources.

For the first time, the Summit will bring together two UN ministerial-level meetings on the environment, namely the seventh Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, and the second session of UN Environment’s Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific.

High-level officials from over 30 countries in the region will attend, including ministers from Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, DPR Korea, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Vanuatu, Viet Nam and Cook Islands. The Summit will be opened on 7 September by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, and Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment.

Media Highlights

Thursday, 7 September
09:00-12:00
- Opening ceremony
- Ministerial dialogue ‘Towards a resource-efficient and pollution free Asia-Pacific region’
- Pavilion of Partnerships and interactive exhibitions on ‘Plastics in oceans’ and ‘Acid rain’

17:00 – 18:00
- Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards that recognizes the efforts of enforcement officers and organizations to curb pollution crimes

Friday, 8 September
14:00-15:30
- Special event ‘Strengthening regional ocean governance and partnerships towards clean seas’

Note to Editors
Please note only the above listed sessions are open to the media and observers. For further information, visit the Ministerial Summit website

Media Accreditation
For media registration, please provide the following information (First Name; Last Name; Nationality; ID/Passport Number; Email Address; Mobile No; Organization/New Agency, as well as the latest electronic copy of a passport-sized photo for printing the badge in advance) and send to: [email protected]

Interview Requests and Media Enquiries
For individual interview requests with senior UN officials or participating Ministers, please contact:

Katie Elles, Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP, M: (66) 9481 525 36 / E: [email protected]

Satwant Kaur, Regional Information Officer, UN Environment Regional Office Asia Pacific, M: (66) 8170 013 76 / E: [email protected]