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Press Release

Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) Fourth Substantive Meeting

August 25, 2003

The Ministry of the Environment of Japan hosted the Fourth Substantive Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on August 23 and 24 in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the government of Mongolia.

The forum was established at ECO ASIA, a meeting of environmental ministers in the Asia-Pacific region, in October 2001 with the objective of addressing critical issue facing Asia and the Pacific region and proposing a model of equitable and sustainable development for the region by the end of 2004. At the fourth substantive meeting, the following topics were discussed:

(1) Structure of the report and elements to be covered by the report

(2) Work plan for report-writing during the period between this meeting and the next meeting
It was decided that prior to the next meeting, two to three working-level meetings would be held to prepare the first draft. The next meeting is to convene in May 2004.

(3) Others
A progress report was made on the implementation of the following three commitments made by APFED at the Johannesburg Summit.
(i) Collection and analysis of best policy practices
(ii) Inventory of capacity building programs
(iii) Development of a network of researchers and research institutions (NetRes)

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* Activities: The Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED)

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