water weblog; Information from APWF: May. 2013

The 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit

2nd APWS Prime Minister of Thailand
The 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit, which was organized by Asia-Pacific Water Forum and hosted by the Government of Thailand, was held on the 19-20 May 2013 in Chiang Mai. Heads of State/Government from Thailand, Brunei, Fiji, Georgia, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Lao, Niue and Vanuatu and more than 300 leaders from governments, international organizations, private sector, academia and civil society attended the summit. There were extensive discussions on 7 Focus Areas led by organizations of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum: Economic, Food and Water Security led by FAO and ESCAP; Urban Water Security led by UN-HABITAT; Environmental Water Security led by IUCN; Household Water Security led by ESCAP; Water Risks and Resilience led by ICHARM; IWRM Process for a Water Secure World led by UNESCO; and Water-related Disaster Challenge led by ONWEMP, Government of Thailand.

At the closing of the summit, Mr. Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Government of Thailand announced the adoption of the Chiang Mai Declaration by the Heads of State/Governments and the high-level representatives in attendance at the summit.

President Mori On behalf of the organizer of Asia-Pacific Water Summit, president of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) Yoshiro Mori delivered an opening address on water security at the plenary session. He said that it has been widely recognized since the first APWS that water is the highest priority issue for the nation.

He reiterated that it was essential to build water security in order to ensure social, economic and ecological health and maintain a sustainable society and environment. He also emphasized the need for efforts towards meeting the sanitation needs of the Asia-Pacific region; the importance of the assessing the economic risk of natural disasters; the enhancement of governance in the water
sector through legislation; the ensuring of water, energy and food security; the improvement of sharing of information and experiences for reducing the loss of human life as well as environmental and economic losses; and the importance of increasing resilience against disasters.

He expressed his profound gratitude to the distinguished contribution of the chair and one of the vice-chairs of the governing council of the APWF, who have devoted themselves to the activities of the APWF. He called on the president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other stakeholders to cooperate towards the resolution of regional water and sanitation problems.

» Chiang Mai Declaration (PDF, 1.19MB)
» A Summary of Focus Area Sessions (FASs) (PDF, 555KB)

» Official website of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit
» Speeches by Heads of State/Government
» Reports by IISD

At the summit, the APWF announced that the chair of the Governing Council, Prof. Tommy Koh and the vice chair, Ms. Erna Witolear were stepping down from their positions, and that vice-chair Mr. Ravi Narayanan will be appointed as the new chair with Ms. Changhua Wu, Greater China Director of The Climate Group and Prof. Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs, appointed as the new vice chairs.

(Upper-left photo by Government of Thailand)