Sustainable Infrastructure in Asia: Overview and Proceedings of the Seoul Initiative Policy Forum on sustainable infrastructure

Sustainable Infrastructure in Asia: Overview and Proceedings of the Seoul Initiative Policy Forum on sustainable infrastructure

 
Date: 
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Abstract

The Seoul Initiative on Green Growth was proposed by the Ministry of Environment of the
Republic of Korea at the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and
the Pacific 2005 (MCED 2005) and endorsed by the 61st Commission Session of the United Nations
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), held in May 2005. The Seoul
Initiative provides a regional cooperation framework for Green Growth, taking into account the
economic, social, cultural, and geographical features of the region. It also provides a framework for
policy consultations, capacity-building, and networking for the promotion of Green Growth at the
regional level. The Seoul Initiative Network on Green Growth (SINGG), with countries in the Asia-
Pacific region as its members, facilitates the implementation of the Seoul Initiative and its activities to
create synergies between economic growth and environmental sustainability, and to contribute to
the achievement of an economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable future for Asia and the
Pacific.

The members of SINGG recommended that a regional overview of the current state of sustainable
infrastructure in Asia would help policy makers identify the challenges and opportunities for Green
Growth in their countries. ESCAP conducted research for the “Regional Study on Sustainable
Infrastructure Development in Asia”, included in Part I of this publication, to provide an overview of
regional experiences and to point out the good practices that have the potential to be implemented in
other locales. The second part of this publication includes the proceedings of the Seoul Initiative
Policy Forum on Sustainable Infrastructure: participants’ papers, the agenda, and the meeting report.
Parts I and II discuss water, waste management, and transport infrastructure, while Part II also includes
two papers on energy infrastructure.

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