The fifth session of the Committee on Environment and Development was held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 21 to 23 November 2018 organized by UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP). In view of the importance of environment conservation and sustainable development in Bhutan and being member of Bureau, the country was represented at this Committee by Secretary of the National Environment Commission, Mr. Sonam P. Wangdi and Chief of Policy and Planning Services, Mrs. Peldon Tshering.
Mr. Sonam P. Wangdi was elected the Chair of the fifth session of the Committee on Environment and Development by the member states, to guide and lead the sessions, for three days of the meeting.
The Committee shall have following responsibilities:
(i) Review analysis of the major environmental challenges faced in the region including those for countries with special needs, and present key analysis on issues and trends in the Asian and Pacific region,
(ii) Discuss means of implementation and the added value of innovative actions and technical solutions being developed and applied throughout the region to harness the benefits of environmental actions, including through circular economy and nature based approaches, and
(iii) Review secretariat support for implementation of the Ministerial Declaration on Environment and Development for Asia-Pacific, adopted at the Ministerial Conference in September 2017.
This session continues the work of the fourth session of the Committee on Environment and Development (CED) which was held in 2015. The CED is one of the eight committees that make up the subsidiary structure of the Commission. The CED meets biennially to review regional environment and development trends and emerging issues, as well as identify priority areas of action. The meeting was attended by members, associate members of UN ESCAP, Permanent Observer, intergovernmental organizations and other UN agencies.
At the sidelines of the session, the Awards Ceremony for the Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards 2018 Fighting Trans-boundary Environmental Crime was also held in the presence of the member countries.
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