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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

Highlights for Sunday,19 May 2013
2nd APWS

On Sunday morning, visiting Heads of State, Ministers and senior officials arrived at the opening of the Second Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Plodprasop Suraswadi, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, welcomed delegates, and Emomalii Rahmon, President of Tajikistan, gave the keynote address highlighting the critical role of cooperation in addressing water security challenges.

Tommy Koh, outgoing Chair of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum Governing Council, recalled the achievements of the APWF in adopting solutions to water issues, and speakers from several UN agencies and water-focused organizations urged participants to take action on water management for household use, industry and agriculture, livable cities, resilient communities, and restoration of river basin ecosystems.

Following the opening plenary in the morning, participants met in four parallel focus area sessions on: economic, food and water security; urban water security; environmental water security; and water-related disaster challenges. In the afternoon, three focus area sessions took place, on: household water security; water risks and resilience; and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) for a water-secure world.

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L-R Emomalii Rahmon, President, Tajikistan and Plodprasop Suraswadi, Deputy Prime Minister, Thailand, arriving for the opening session.
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Plodprasop Suraswadi, Deputy Prime Minister, Thailand
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Emomalii Rahmon, President, Tajikistan
Tommy Koh, outgoing Chair of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum Governing Council
Opening Session Master and Mistress of Ceremonies
Gabor Baranyai, Special Envoy of the President of Hungary
Delegates from Pacific Island Countries at the opening session
Capturing the moment during the opening session
Officers from the conference secretariat, Royal Government of Thailand

Kenzo Hiroki, Principal, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), delivering his plenary address.
Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Thailand, welcomed participants, noting that the Focus Area Sessions would be "the nexus" to link the technical workshops to the Leaders' Forum on 20 May.
A camera man following the opening plenary
Breakout Sessions
L-R: Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, Sri Lanka
David Molden, Director-General of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Shavkat R. Khamraev, Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Republic of Uzbekistan.

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Focus Area 2 on Urban Water Security: Panel discussion with Amy Leung, Director, Urban Development and Water Division, Asian Development Bank, and Kulwant Singh, UN-HABITAT
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Shigeru Imai, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan presenting during the Focus Area 2 Breakout session
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Focus Area Session 7 on Water-related Disaster Challenges: Robert Speed, WWF, and Toshihiro Sonoda, Japan Institute of Country-ology and Engineering
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Focus Area Session 7: Water-related Disaster Challenges, Presentation by Sudharma Elakanda, Project Mahaweli Authority, Sri Lanka
Focus Area 1, Economic, Food and Water Security panelists. L-R: Eric Kemp-Benedict, Stockholm Environment Institute Center, Bangkok; Gao Zhanyi, President, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage; and Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO.
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View of the plenary hall
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A delegate leaving the conference center
Funding for coverage of the 2nd APWS has been provided by the Japan Water Forum
Japan Water Forum
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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