UNDP and IGES Agree Upon a Strategic Partnership for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific Region

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

January 20, 2006

On 20 January, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) agreed upon the establishment of a strategic partnership to foster collaboration with the aim of realising sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. Ms. Elizabeth Fong, Regional Manager of the UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok, and Prof. Akio Morishima, Chair of the Board of Directors for IGES, signed the letter of understanding.

The aim of this agreement is to construct a strategic partnership through the regular exchange of information and the joint implementation of development programmes. Based on the information available through the global network of the UNDP, its experience of capacity building in developing counties and the knowledge contained within IGES's strategic policy research on sustainable development, both organisations will collaborate to create support for the realisation of sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. Moreover, their combined efforts will contribute towards the fulfilment of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As a first joint initiative, UNDP and IGES are planning to co-host a regional workshop on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in late March 2006.

The MDGs should be undertaken by all levels of the international society in the twenty-first century - ensuring environmental sustainability is one of these goals. The UNDP, as a global development network, is in charge of connecting and co-ordinating the global and national attempts towards the achievement of the MDGs. IGES, on the other hand, focusses on the Asia-Pacific region which is experiencing rapid growth in industrial activity and population with serious implications regarding the future global environment. Therefore, IGES develops policy measures and recommendations with the aim of constructing a region-wide sustainable society.

Ms. Chisa Mikami, Public Affairs and Civil Society Liaison Officer
UNDP Tokyo Office
UNU Bldg. 8F, 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001 Japan
Tel: +81-3-5467-4751 Fax: +81-5467-4753

Ms. Megumi Kido, PR Officer
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies(IGES)
2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
Tel: +81-46-855-3734 Fax: +81-46-855-3709

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