December 6, 2004
The Sixth Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting (TEMM6) among Korea, China and Japan was held on December 4 and 5, 2004 in Tokyo. Three ministers, Minister KOIKE Yuriko of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, Minister KWAK Kyul Ho of the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea and Minister XIE Zhenhua of the State Environmental Protection Administration of the People's Republic of China, reemphasized their common view that TEMM was an important meeting encouraging regional environmental cooperation and sustainable development in the joint communiqué adopted at the meeting.
The ministers exchanged their views on the progress of the environmental actions which had been made recently in each country and in the North East Asian subregion which include the 3R activities of reduce, reuse and recycle of wastes and dust and sandstorm (DSS) issues. They reviewed TEMM projects. They generally shared their views that TEMM projects should be outcome-oriented and implemented more effectively and efficiently and concurred that some of the existing projects should be reorganized in terms of scope and content.
They also exchanged their views concerning continued subregional activities such as the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) and the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) and joint research on Long-range Trans-boundary Air Pollutants in Northeast Asia (LTP) and reaffirmed their commitment to promote these activities.
In conjunction with the TEMM6, three ministers discussed DSS issues with Minister Ulambayar BARSBOLD of the Ministry of Nature and Environment of Mongolia.
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