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The First Plenary Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development in the Second Phase (APFED II) Held

November 24, 2005

The first plenary meeting of the Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development in the Second Phase (APFED II) was held in 21-22 November 2005 at Bogor, Indonesia. In the meeting, concrete measures for implementing the APFED recommendations made in the final report of its first phase were discussed.

APFED is a forum of eminent persons first proposed in 2001 at the Environment Congress for Asia and the Pacific (ECO ASIA) with a mission to address critical issues facing Asia-Pacific region and to propose a model of equitable and sustainable development for the region. Its members were nominated by countries in the region and international organizations who participated in the forum in their individual capacity. Therefore, the recommendations of APFED are not bound by official positions of particular governments or international organizations. In the first phase, from 2002 through 2004, APFED had had six substantive meetings, and it adopted the final report at the sixth meeting held in December 2004.

This year, the second phase of the APFED (APFED II) has launched and efforts to tackle the implementation of the recommendations compiled in the first phase are encouraged. This meeting is the first plenary meeting of the second phase.

The plenary meeting discussed concrete measures under the APFED II, and the members agreed on the basic policies. H. E. Ms Yoriko Kawaguchi, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Minister of the Environment of Japan was elected as chairperson of the APFED II.


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