Date(s) - 30/01/2018 - 01/02/2018
Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai
Every 3 years the environment ministers from the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries gather to review progress and set the agenda for environmental cooperation in the region under the GMS Economic Cooperation Program. The 5th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting (EMM- 5) will be held on 30 January to 1 February 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
EMM-5 comes at an opportune time in light of important developments worldwide and in the region. These include the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement on strengthening global responses to climate change, and the adoption of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community to promote economic, political, social, cultural cooperation and environmental protection across the region. GMS countries have all developed green growth frameworks to better harness their natural resources, reduce vulnerabilities to environmental and climate risks, and promote socially inclusive development. Adopting green growth pathways are central to achieving SDGs and other global and regional commitments subscribed by the GMS countries.
Within the GMS, the Core Environment Program (CEP), the flagship environment initiative of the GMS Economic Cooperation Program, is finalizing its Strategic Framework and Action Plan (2018–2022) to provide directives for the next phase of the program. The Strategic Framework and Action Plan has adopted green growth as its underlying guiding principle and is expected to be endorsed at EMM-5 and will foster regional cooperation on environment.
EMM-5 is organized by the GMS Working Group on Environment (WGE) with support from the Thailand’s Ministry of Environment and the Environment Operations Center, led by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which serves as secretariat to the WGE.
For more information, please visit https://www.greatermekong.org/5th-gms-environment-ministers’-meeting