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UNESCAP Meeting: Third Meeting of the Kitakyushu Initiative Network
- Aiming for improvements to the urban environment -
A meeting of Mayors from 30 cities in the Asia-Pacific region

July 30th, 2004
Kitakyushu, Japan -- The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), together with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the City of Kitakyushu, will hold the Third Meeting of the Kitakyushu Initiative Network on August 2-4 2004.

The Kitakyushu Initiative* carries out intercity cooperative activities (from 2001 to 2005) focusing on the steady achievement of improvements to the urban environment of cities in Asia and the Pacific. This meeting is being held to evaluate and review the network activities conducted so far and to adopt the next stage of the action plan (2005-2010). Mayors from about 30 cities are expected to participate and the focus will be on future efforts towards the improvement of the urban environment of cities and will indicate the direction these efforts will take. It is intended that the results of the meeting will be announced in the Mayors' Message to the 5th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (MCED), to take place in South Korea in March, 2005.

At the inauguration of the Kitakyushu Initiative in 2001, there were 20 network member cities from 13 countries, a number which has grown to 60 member cities from 18 countries. Recent activities have included the implementation of pilot projects in member countries in areas such as waste management and the prevention of air and water pollution. There has also been research into indicators for goal setting in urban environmental management and progress management, and collection and analysis of successful practices to improve the urban environment.

Urban environmental management in Asia and the Pacific is one of 6 projects implemented at IGES and as part of this, the IGES Kitakyushu office undertakes the management of the Kitakyushu Initiative under the guidance of UNESCAP and the Ministry of the Environment. The office undertakes practical research towards the implementation of sustainable development in the region.


* : The official title is 'The Kitakyushu Initiative for a Clean Environment'. This was adopted at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific 2000 (MCED 2000) held in September 2000, in Kitakyushu, Japan, and is a priority implementation mechanism for the Regional Action Programme for Environmentally Sound and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific (RAP), 2001-2005 in the fields of environmental quality and human health. The Initiative's mandate is to achieve a measurable improvement in the urban environment of the major cities in Asia and the Pacific through sharing a wide-range of experiences such as the pollution reduction and environmental regeneration achieved by Kitakyushu City.

Appendix: Third Meeting of the Kitakyushu Initiative Network (PDF, 46KB)

CONTACT
FAO: Christine Pearson, IGES Kitakyushu Office
Kitakyushu International Conference Center, 6F, 3-9-30 Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka 802-0001
Tel: 093-513-3711 Fax: 093-513-3712

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