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Asia-Pacific Regional Civil Society Meeting and global climate change issue
By Nguyen Hoang Yen, VCAP

A Regional Civil Society Meeting for the Asia-Pacific took place on 25-26 October 2007 in Seoul, South Korea. This is one of six regional meetings being conducted in these days in preparation for the 9th Global Civil Society Forum. The Meeting was organized by UNEP AP Regional Office (UNEP/ROAP) in cooperation with UNEP Eco-Peace Leadership Center (UNEP EPLC) in Seoul.

There were 54 representatives from various non-governmental organizations, consultation groups and experts from the region participating in the Meeting. From Vietnamese side, it was the VCAP coordinator and at the same time representative of the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) participating in the Meeting.

The Meeting had listened to 6 expert presentations on financial mobilization at the international as well as national level for implementation of activities on technological transition and adaptation in the effort of mitigating and responding to growing climate change that causes the more the greater serious consequences to the environment, human life, and health. In group discussions participants had contributed a great deal in terms of measures to implement the financial mobilization for technological transition and adaptation to mitigate the climate change and to support people affected by natural disasters.

The Meeting was also reported on Regional UNEP activities in promoting cooperation and resolving regional environmental urgent issues. Participants were discussed and given comments to the draft of the UNEP new guidelines on enhancing major groups (including farmers, women, S&T community, Youth and children, indigenous people, workers and trade unions, business and industry, NGOs, and local authorities) participation at UNEP governance level. The representatives at the Meeting had also an opportunity to participate in an interesting teleconference with UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi on the draft of the UNEP Medium Term Strategy 2010 – 2013.

At the Seoul Meeting, the Global Environment Outlook (GEO4) was launched and distributed to participants. After a brief presentation of an UNEP officer on key messages of GEO4, all participants expressed appreciation and congratulation to UNEP for its excellent completion of this globally important report..

The Meeting ended with an agreement on the Seoul Statement including the Meeting recommendations on measures of financial mobilizing, policy and regulatory improving to meet the global climate change and to guarantee people’s lives and livelihood in areas effected by natural disasters. This statement, together with 5 ones from other regions, will be presented by 4 elected delegates to the 9th Global Civil Society Forum conducted in Monaco in February 2008.

Asia-Pacific Regional Civil Society Meeting and global climate change issue
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