The Twenty-seventh session of the Governing Council /Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) at its first universal session held in Nairobi in 2013 (UNEP/GC.27/2) stressed the importance of the Regional Ministerial Environment Forums, for which UN Environment serves as secretariat, and invited these forums to contribute, as appropriate, to the work of the governing body of UN Environment. The first Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific held in May 2015 requested the Executive Director of UN Environment to hold regular sessions of the Forum, convening every two years. The 2nd Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in May 2016 adopted Resolution No. 2/2 ‘Role and functions of the regional forums of ministers of environment and environment authorities’ in which it requested the Executive Director, within the mandate of UN Environment, to support and to facilitate convening and/or strengthening the existing regional forums of ministers of environment and environment authorities. The decisions and recommendations of the Forum feed directly into the sessions of the subsequent UN Environment Assembly; in 2017, UNEA-3 will be held in December.
1The geographical coverage of the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific includes: Afghanistan; Australia; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; China; Cook Islands; Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; Fiji; India; Indonesia; Iran (Islamic Republic of); Japan; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Mongolia; Myanmar; Nauru; Nepal; New Zealand; Niue; Pakistan; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Samoa; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu; and Viet Nam.
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