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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Fourth Regional 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) Forum
in Asia

18-20 March 2013 | Hanoi, Viet Nam
 
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Highlights for Wednesday, 20 March 2013

3R

On Wednesday morning, Nguyen Minh Quang, Minister, Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam, and Tran Hong Ha, Vice-Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, co-chaired the session that discussed and adopted the “Ha Noi 3R Declaration – Sustainable 3R Goals for Asia for 2013-2023.” The Declaration presented around 30 goals applying to waste management in urban, industrial and rural areas. It also addressed new and emerging waste, such as electronic waste, mining waste, and plastics in the coastal and marine environment. Participants also adopted a set of core indicators, included in the annex to the declaration.

Minister Quang welcomed the adoption of the Ha Noi 3R Declaration and the “considerable results” of the forum, expressing appreciation for the support of the Government of Japan and the UNCRD. He emphasized that the approval of the Ha Noi 3R Declaration, including specific goals up to 2023, will be the basis for countries to develop their own goals and objectives, and called for common efforts and cooperation towards a green economy in Asia.

In the afternoon, forum representatives participated in a field trip to the Bát Tràng traditional ceramic craft village. In a presentation to the group, the Bát Tràng People’s Committee Vice-Chairman and the Bát Tràng Ceramics Association Chairman, described previous pollution issues in the area, and the improvements achieved through the introduction of gas-fueled kilns and energy-efficient technology.

Participants visited the Hoang Long ceramics factory to view an energy-efficient kiln and the ceramics production process, and then continued to spend the rest of the day at the Bát Tràng ceramics market.

Participants at the Bát Tràng ceramics market.
 
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Adoption of the "Ha Noi 3R Declaration - Sustainable 3R Goals for Asia and the Pacific for 2013-2023"
and Chair's Summary
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L-R: Choudhury Rudra Charan Mohanty, UNCRD; H.E.Tran Hong Ha, Vice-Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam; H.E. Nguyen Minh Quang, Minister of of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam; Chikako Takase, Director, UNCRD
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Participants reviewing the text of the “Ha Noi 3R Declaration”
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Aida Barcelona, Department of Health, the Philippines
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H.E. Mariyam Shakeela, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives
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Jinhui Li, Executive Secretary, Basel Convention Coordinating Center for Asia and the Pacific, China
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Delegates from Malaysia consulting
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H.E.Tran Hong Ha, Vice-Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam
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Choudhury Rudra Charan Mohanty, UNCRD
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Chikako Takase, Director, UNCRD, consulting with rapporteurs
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Tapugao Falefou, Tuvalu
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Jung Mun-hee, Republic of Korea
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Enkhbat Altangerel, Mongolia
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Participants during the closing plenary
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Yoichi Toyoma, Japan
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Ibrahim Shafii, Basel Convention Secretariat
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Muhammad Maududur Rashid Safdar, Bangladesh
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L-R: H.E.Tran Hong Ha, Vice-Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam; H.E. Nguyen Minh Quang, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam; H.E. Ryutaro Yatsu, Vice-Minister of the Environment, Japan; Djoko Mursito, Indonesia; and Chikako Takase, Director, UNCRD
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L-R: H.E. Ryutaro Yatsu, Vice-Minister of the Environment, Japan, with Djoko Mursito, Indonesia, announcing Indonesia as the host of the next meeting of the forum.
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Chikako Takase, Director, UNCRD
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H.E. Nguyen Minh Quang, Minister of of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam
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H.E. Ryutaro Yatsu, Vice-Minister of the Environment, Japan
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H.E. Nguyen Minh Quang, Minister of of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam, declared the meeting closed at 11:55 am. Above photo: H.E. Ryutaro Yatsu, Vice-Minister of the Environment, Japan, congratulates the panel at the close of the meeting.
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Delegates from Thailand
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Delegates from Australia
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Delegates from the Maldives
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L-R: Chikako Takase, Dierector, UNCRD, and Manju Raina, India
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Photos from the field trip to Bát Tràng Traditional
Ceramic Village
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*Forum website
*Zero Draft Ha Noi 3R Declaration – Sustainable 3R Goals for Asia for 2013-2023
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*Tokyo 3R Statement
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