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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Asia Pacific Region

19-20 October 2011 | Seoul, Republic of Korea

Highlights for Wednesday, 19 October 2011
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On Wednesday morning, 19 October, the Asian and Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) opened at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea. An estimated 300 participants were in attendance, including government ministers and other senior officials.

On Wednesday morning, participants heard opening statements, adopted the agenda and discussed the outcome of the meeting. With respect to the outcome of the meeting, a draft text prepared by the ESCAP Secretariat was discussed at length, with several participants questioning what the precise outcome of the meeting would be. India, China, the Russian Federation and Pakistan preferred a Chair’s summary rather than a joint “statement” from all delegates. However, Japan and the Republic of Korea emphasized the importance of sending a regional message to Rio+20, noting that there would be no other opportunity to do so. After informal discussions, the Secretariat clarified that the agenda item would refer to a meeting “outcome” rather than a regional “statement,” adding that suggestions and written revisions to the current draft could be provided to the Secretariat for preparation of a revised draft by midday Thursday. Later in the day, meeting Chair Yoon Jong-Soo announced that the bureau for the meeting had discussed the outcome further and that the bureau would reconvene on Thursday morning to discuss the text in an effort to simplify the document.

On Wednesday afternoon, a session was held on the green economy, with many delegates presenting their perspectives. While most speakers highlighted the potential benefits of a green economy, some sought further clarity on its definition or expressed reservations that it should not be used as a pretext for protectionism. Many noted countries’ unique circumstances, suggesting that a “once-size-fits-all” approach would not be appropriate.

In the evening, delegates convened for a dinner hosted by the Republic of Korea’s Environment Ministry.  
View of Seoul (photo courtesy of the Government of the Republic of Korea)
Yoo Young-Sook, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea, highlighted her country’s national strategy of low-carbon green growth (photo courtesy of the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea).
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Speakers on the dais during the opening plenary.
During the session on the green economy, Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol, Thailand, outlined her country’s sustainable development policies focused on agriculture, sustainable natural resources management, poverty and health.
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*Meeting website
*Meeting overview
*Provisional agenda
*Review of the implementation of Agenda 21, the programme for further implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg plan of implementation in Asia and the Pacific
*Report on the institutional framework for sustainable development: Asia-Pacific perspectives
*Asia-Pacific regional preparations for UNCSD
*UN Conference on Sustainable Development website
Major Groups and Stakeholders Asia-Pacific Meeting for Rio +20, 17-18 October 2011, Seoul, Republic of Korea
*UN Commission on Sustainable Development: Asia-Pacific Regional Implementation Meetings

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), 7-9 September 2011, Santiago, Chile (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Pacific Countries, 21-22 July 2011, Apia, Samoa (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea Countries, 7-8 July 2011, Mahé, Seychelles (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Rio+20 Subregional Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean, 20 June 2011, Georgetown, Guyana (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the Keeping the Green Economy Blue: A Workshop in Preparation for the UNCSD, 29 April 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2012 UNCSD, 7-8 March 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the First Intersessional Meeting of UNCSD, 10-11 January 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the First Session of the Preparatory Committee for UNCSD, 17-19 May 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, 26 August - 4 September 2002, Johannesburg, South Africa
*IISD RS coverage of the UN Conference on Environment and Development, 3-14 June 1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
*UNCSD-L - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
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