Meeting in Thailand promotes integration for sustainability

Meeting in Thailand promotes integration for sustainability

BANGKOK, 24 April 2018 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and representatives from eight Asian countries have convened to facilitate integrated national programming for climate change mitigation and chemicals and wastes.

The meeting brought together national focal points of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Stockholm Convention and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change  from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.

The two-day programme allowed participants to share lessons learned and best practices from the region, discuss programming priorities, and brainstorm ideas for integrated interventions at both the national and regional levels to address environmental objectives in a holistic manner.

Opening the meeting, Pongboon Pongtong, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand, emphasized that “synergies among the Multilateral Environmental Agreements are vital for achieving sustainability. Therefore, integration of GEF Focal Areas is needed.”

Recognizing the potential of targeting multiple benefits through holistic interventions, Stein Hansen, UNIDO Representative in Thailand, noted that “the intensification of industrial production  requires cross-cutting solutions that combine efficient resource use, clean energy supply and pollution control to attain greater impact.”

The meeting deliberations will support the programming of the seventh replenishment of the GEF funds in the region and will enhance UNIDO’s ability to respond directly to country needs and priorities through its technical cooperation services.

For more information please contact:

Klaus Tyrkko

Chief, Stockholm Convention Division, UNIDO