Fourth Regional Dialogue of AQM Initiatives and Programs in Asia
30-31 January 2008, UN Conference Center, Bangkok
Thirty-one (31) participants representing twenty-one (21) development agencies, initiatives and programs focusing on air quality management, energy management, and climate change mitigation in Asia identified potential areas for collaboration during the Fourth Regional Dialogue of Air Quality Management (AQM) Initiatives and Programs in Asia held on 30-31 January 2008 at the UN Conference Center in Bangkok. Among the organizations and programs joining the Dialogue for the first time were the Clinton Climate Initiative, Global Atmospheric Pollution Forum, Groupe Agence Francaise de Developpement, Hanns Seidel Foundation, Regional Forum on Environment and Health, Rockefeller Foundation, and UN Habitat. The Fourth Regional Dialogue was jointly organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center (CAI-Asia Center).
Examples of cooperative efforts identified were: (a) development of an integrated AQM database, (b) participation of relevant programs in important meetings of policymakers such as the ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting, (c) linking up of project and development agency offices with CAI-Asia Center’s local networks and other similar networks, (d) dissemination of study results, best practices, and other program outputs, (e) exchange of information on innovative financing mechanisms for projects, and (f) participation in the Better Air Quality 2008 (BAQ 2008) Conference and Workshop through side events or presentations in the different sessions.
Some of the highlights of the Regional Dialogue were:
In 2004, 2005 and 2006, similar Regional Dialogues were also jointly organized by UNEP and the CAI-Asia to promote coordination and cooperation among air quality programs and projects. See links to the documents of the previous Regional Dialogues: