The Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) was initially proposed by the participants at the 4th World Water Forum (4th WWF) Regional Preparatory Process that was coordinated by the Japan Water Forum (JWF). During the Ministerial Meeting that led to 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. At the 4th WWF, regional documents coordinated by Japan Water Forum (JWF) and 5 sub-regional coordinators (Korea Water Forum, Global Water Partnership (GWP) South East Asia, GWP South Asia, GWP CACENA, and the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC)) together with regional water stakeholders reported on the Asia-Pacific region’s alarming water-related challenges. These challenges included the need for increased access to improved water supplies and sanitation through investments in infrastructure and capacity building, for protection and restoration of river basins as the fundamental provider of freshwater resources through Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), and for the need to drastically reduce the vulnerability of human populations to water-related disasters.
To enhance improvements of existing efforts in spearheading important activities and achieving significant results throughout the Asia-Pacific region, Focus Area Sessions of the 2nd APWS, will harness the knowledge and experience of these stakeholders. A cooperative platform will be established through which this growing knowledge base can be further developed and disseminated.
Outline and Concept
In the Focus Area Sessions (FASs), representatives and members of the APWF Lead Organizations, and other stakeholders will discuss issues of water security and water-related disaster challenges in the Asia-Pacific region. These participants will also explore which initiatives could be undertaken by stakeholders in the region to help improve leadership skills and to boost levels of commitment. The FASs will comprise seven (7) focus area sessions under the theme “Water Security and Water-related Disaster Challenges: Leadership and Commitment” being hosted and organized by specific lead organizations as follows:
- Economic, Food and Water Security (organized by FAO and UNESCAP);
- Urban Water Security (organized by UN-HABITAT and PUB);
- Environmental Water Security (organized by IUCN);
- Household Water Security (organized by UNESCAP);
- Water Risks and Resilience (organized by ICHARM);
- IWRM Process for a Water Secure World (organized by UNESCO); and,
- Water-related Disaster Challenges (organized by Thailand).
Session details will soon be available on this website.
Each FAS session will produce a one-page summary of results to be included in the Chair’s Summary to be presented at the Leader’ Forum. The FAS summaries will be disseminated to the wider public at a later stage through the Summit proceedings.
The 2nd APWS Focus Area Sessions will provide the opportunity for ministers, senior decision makers and officials, and expert invitees to jointly identify and discuss priority issues of water security and water-related disaster challenges in the Asia-Pacific region.
** This session is open to representatives of delegations of the Asia-Pacific countries and key partners. Only invited and registered delegates and participants will be allowed to present their contributions and attend Focus Area Sessions of the 2nd APWS.
The 2nd APWS Focus Area Sessions will be held at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre Commemorating His Majesty’s 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary, Chiang Mai (Address: Chonraphathan Road, Changpeuk, Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 Thailand).
The official language of the 2nd APWS Focus Area Sessions is English.