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2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit (2nd APWS) - Water Security and Water-related Disaster Challenges: Leadership and Commitment

19-20 May 2013 | Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Highlights for Monday, 20 May 2013
2nd APWS

On Monday, Heads of States and Governments, Ministers and senior officials visited the exhibition on water projects and posed for a group photo, hosted by Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, before proceeding to the conference room for discussions in plenary.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and UN General Assembly President Vuk Jeremić presented keynote addresses, and Yoshiro Mori, President of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific, and Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank, also addressed delegates, affirming the commitment of their organizations to supporting actions on water security.

At the Leaders Forum in the afternoon, many country delegations continued to deliver statements on their national actions towards water security, and made recommendations for international cooperation on water issues.

Plodprasop Suraswadi, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, presented delegates with a written summary of the seven Focus Area Sessions from the previous day on: economic, food and water security; urban water security; environmental water security; household water security; water risks and resilience; Integrated Water Resources Management process for a water-secure world; and water-related disaster challenges.

Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand, launched the Chiang Mai Declaration at the close of the Leaders Forum, renewing the commitments from the First APWS and encouraging a range of actions towards water security, addressing disaster risk reduction, efficient use of water resources, and irrigation systems improvement, among others. He declared the Second Asia-Pacific Water Summit closed at 5.33 pm.

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A warm welcome from Thai representatives in traditional Northern attire
Heads of Government touring the Asia-Pacific Water Summit Exhibition Hall
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Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Prime Minister, Bangladesh, touring the exhibition
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L-R Jung Hong-won, Prime Minister, Republic of Korea and Epeli Nailatikau, President of Fiji viewing an exhibition stand
L-R Moana Carcasses Kalosil, Prime Minister, Vanuatu, Toke Tufukia Talagi, Prime Minister, Niue
Members of the Press
Heads of Delegation and Heads of Government pose for a family photo before the opening of the plenary session.
The dais before the plenary session, where heads of government and heads of delegation posed for a group photo.
Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia
Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister, Thailand
Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei
Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister, Lao PDR
Moana Carcasses Kalosil , Prime Minister, Vanuatu
Epeli Nailatikau, President of Fiji
Plodprasop Suraswadi, Deputy Prime Minister, Thailand
Delegates following proceedings.
Yoshiro Mori, President Asia Pacific Water Forum
Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister, Bhutan
Sai Mauk Kham, Vice President, Myanmar
Mohammad Javad Mohammadi, Islamic Republic of Iran
Thai hostesses provide visual cues to traditional Thai culture
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Funding for coverage of the 2nd APWS has been provided by the Japan Water Forum
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Related Links
APWS resources

*2nd APWS website

*2nd APWS overall programme (tentative)

*Royal Initiatives on Water

*Background information

*Technical workshops, 16-18 May 2013

*APWS Technical Workshop Program (tentative)

*Focus Area sessions, 19 May 2013

*2nd APWS Leaders Forum, 20 May 2013

*Technical workshops, 19 May 2013

*Exhibitions / Poster Session

*1st APWS, 3-4 December 2007, Beppu, Japan


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the 5th World Water Forum, 16-22 March 2009, Istanbul, Turkey

*IISD RS coverage of the 4th World Water Forum, 16-22 March 2006, Mexico City, Mexico

*IISD RS coverage of the 3rd World Water Forum, 16-23 March 2003, Kyoto, Osaka, and Shiga, Japan

*Water-L - A news and announcement list on water policy issues

*Water Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Activities Addressing Sustainable Water and Sanitation

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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