Fourth Meeting

Background

The Kitakyushu Initiative for a Clean Environment was adopted by the 4th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, held in Kitakyushu, Japan in September 2000, as an imperative mechanism to achieve tangible improvement in environmental quality and human health in urban areas in Asia and the Pacific. Since then, a range of activities has been developed under the auspice of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), with participation of a number of local, national and international partners. Amongst others, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan, has played a key role as its Kitakyushu Office has provided a secretariat function to the Kitakyushu Initiative Network of local governments, In this course, the Initiative has been recognised as a Type I Initiative in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) adopted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in September 2002, and, based on the comprehensive review of its achievement in first five years, has also been endorsed by the 5th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, held in Seoul, Republic of Korea in March 2005, for continuation for the next five years.

In line with the focus on the Green Growth approach highlighted by MCED5 as an innovative and powerful strategy for reconciling the two potentially incompatible Millennium Development Goals--economic growth to alleviate poverty, and environmental sustainability--the second cycle of the Kitakyushu Initiative for a Clean Environment (2006-2010) is promoting integrated win-win approaches to urban environmental management and promotion of socio-economic livelihood at the local level.

Objectives

With the activities of the Kitakyushu Initiative in its second cycle, the Fourth Meeting of the Kitakyushu Initiative Network is being organised with the following objectives:

  • To garner commitments by cities to conduct projects and disseminate their experiences to other cities facing similar challenges. The realisation of commitments throughout the second cycle will be recognised by 2010.
  • To collect successful practices and policies
  • To identify models of innovative win-win policies and practices by focusing on how specific problems were overcome. Particular focus will be paid to environmental, social and economic benefits
  • To discuss future intercity collaborative mechanisms
A questionnaire will be disseminated to the cities prior to the meeting to determine the issues and challenges facing the cities, as well as to identify commitments by cities in implementing win-win approaches to urban environmental management. This will be conducted through open discussions and dialogues on cross-cutting issues, enhanced interaction among local and national governments, international organisations, the donor community and academia.

Date & Venue

25-26 June 2007, Kitakyushu International Conference Centre, Kitakyushu, Japan

Organisers

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Government of Japan
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
City of Kitakyushu, Japan

Participants List

Local and national governments, international organisations, general public, other
List of Participants (PDF:55KB)

Documents

Documents File
Compilation of Commitments PDF:1.5MB
Concept Note PDF:32KB
Summary PDF.103KB

Day 1 (June 25,2007) International Conference Room (2F)

09:00-9:30 Opening session:
9:30-10:05 Introductory Presentation:
Report on Progress of KI and Scope of the Meeting
10:05-10:30 Coffee Break/photo session
Presentations of Successful/ Ongoing Practices by selected cities
10:30-12:00 Session 1. Sustainable Urban Environmental Management Paradigms
Chaired jointly by Mr H. Mori and Mr M. Ichimura
12:00-13:00 LUNCH
Panel Exhibition : 10th anniversary of IGES
13:00-15:10 Session 2: Innovative Local Initiatives in Sectoral Contexts
Chaired jointly by Mr H. Mori and Mr M. Ichimura

2-A

2-B

2-C

15:10 -15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-16:40 Session 3. Role of International Support in Promoting Local Initiatives
Chaired jointly by Mr H. Mori and Mr M. Ichimura
16:40-17:00 Summary of the Day (PDF:711KB)

Day 2(June 26, 2007) International Conference Room (2F)

08:40-08:45 Presentation - Major points of First Day discussion
ESCAP
08:45-11:10 Special Session: Innovative and Emerging Measures to Promote Local Initiatives: Chaired by Prof. Ryokichi Hirono
(1) New financial opportunities-CDM and Eco-Money
(2) Private sector participation -New Business Opportunities
11:10-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:45 Commitments by cities to replicate/scale-up successful practices
Chaired jointly by Mr H Mori and Mr M Ichimura
12:45-13:00 Closing Remarks
ESCAP and IGES
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 Site Visit
Kitakyushu Eco-Town

Related Activities

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific


Environment Section
Environment and Sustainable Development Division
United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Avenue
Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Email: escap-esdd-evs@un.org

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies


Kitakyushu Initiative Network Secretariat
3-9-30 Asano, Kokurakita-ku
Kitakyushu City 802-0001 Japan
Email: kitakyushu-initiative@iges.or.jp