In facing regional water-related issues and challenges at the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico during March 2006, the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) was established as a new, independent regional network to identify and adopt solutions to water issues in the Asia-Pacific region. During a Ministerial Meeting that led to the adoption of the Joint Declaration, the establishment of the APWF was supported by several agencies in the region, including ADB, UNESCAP, GWP, KWF, SOPAC, JBIC, MRC, FAO, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNISDR and IUCN. The APWF was officially launched on the 27th of September 2006 at the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank, in the presence of former Prime Minister of Japan Yoshiro Mori, who succeeded Mr. Hashimoto as the President of the Japan Water Forum.
1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit
The 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS) was organized by the Asia-Pacific Water Forum and the Steering Committee. This 1st Summit, with special remarks by His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan, was held in Beppu, Oita Prefecture, Japan. The 1st APWS, highlighted the theme “Water Security: Leadership and Commitment.” Participants included Heads of State and Government, ministerial level delegates, invitees, and other stakeholders. The Summit endorsed the “Message from Beppu” and launched a series of concrete initiatives for addressing regional water-related challenges.
Key outcome documents from the 1st APWS are available at the website http://www.apwf.org/project/result.html.
2nd APWS Preparation and Organization
The Government of Thailand began preparations for the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit in November 2009, after receipt of an invitation from the Asia-Pacific Water Forum to host the event. The 2nd APWS was originally planned for 5th – 6th February 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. Due to the devastating flood that occurred in Thailand at the end of 2011, the 2nd APWS was rescheduled to 19th – 20th May 2013 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Thailand’s Prime Minister appointed the National Organizing Committee (NOC) of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister. The NOC sets policy and direction of the 2nd APWS and invites the Asia–Pacific Water Forum to jointly develop the agenda and invitation lists. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand serves as the secretariat of the National Organizing Committee.
In preparing for the 2nd APWS, broad-based consultations have taken place among governments, APWF, IGOs, INGOs, NGOs, and the private sector through various forums. The focal point for preparations is Thailand’s Department of Water Resources, in close collaboration with the Asia–Pacific Water Forum through its Governing Council meetings and promotional events conducted on various occasions. These include:
- Brainstorming Session for the 2nd Asia–Pacific Water Summit and 6th World Water Forum, Tokyo, Japan (15th March 2011)
- 1st Asia‐Pacific Synthesis Meeting, Bangkok, Thailand (21st – 22nd April 2011)
- Diplomatic briefing session for ambassadors, consuls-general, ambassador/consulate representatives, and media, Bangkok, Thailand (16th June 2011)
- 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Synthesis Meeting for the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit and the 6th World Water Forum, Singapore (17th June 2011)
- 9th Governing Council Meeting of the Asia Pacific Water Forum, Singapore (8th July 2011)
- Leader’s Dialogue: Ensuring Water Security in the Asia-Pacific Region and Beyond, Stockholm (23rd August 2011)
- Asia–Pacific Regional Target Coordinator’s Meeting for the 6th World Water Forum, Seoul, Korea (20th September 2011)
- 10th Governing Council Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum, Singapore (29th November 2011)
- 11th Governing Council Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum, Singapore (5th July 2012)
- Consultation Meeting for a Preparation of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit, Bangkok, Thailand (1st – 2nd October 2012)
- 12th Governing Council Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum, Singapore (2nd November 2012)
- Consultative Meeting on Organization of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit, Bangkok, Thailand (14th January 2013)