Second Meeting

Since November 2001, activities carried out by the Kitakyushu Initiative Network have included the collection and analysis of successful practices in urban environmental management; support for the implementation of pilot activities, including support and monitoring of ongoing intercity co-operation activities; organisation of thematic seminars on critical urban environmental management issues; and dissemination of information through the Kitakyushu Initiative Network website.

With activities of the Kitakyushu Initiative Network entering its third year, the Second Meeting of the Kitakyushu Initiative Network was organised to review Network activities and develop a consensus on future actions to further enhance activities. This was conducted through open discussions on crosscutting issues in urban environmental management to build capacity of local governments and enhance interaction among local governments, international organisations, the donor community and academia.

The Meeting was organised by UNESCAP; IGES; the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan; and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan; in cooperation with the Policy Research Centre for Environment and Economy, State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), People’s Republic of China; and hosted by the City of Weihai, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China. The Meeting was conducted over a period of three days, commencing with an Expert Group Segment on 15-16 October and a Mayors’/Senior Officials’ Segment on 17 October.

Participants in the Meeting included representatives of local and national governments, as well as the donor community, international initiatives and others. Twenty-one local governments and representatives from three national governments participated in the Meeting, with representation at the Mayor and Deputy Mayor level from 10 cities.

Following a detailed review of activities to date, a future course of action was developed at the Expert Group Segment. During the Mayors Segment, the Meeting formulated Conclusions & Recommendations on the overall progress of the Kitakyushu Initiative, with detailed reference to the overall progress of the programme, thematic seminars and trainings, pilot activities, portfolio of successful practices, and indicators and benchmarks, to guide the future development of the Network and related activities.

Related Documents

Title File
Conclusions and Recommendations 23.7KB pdf
Participants List 18.7KB pdf
Organisational note 17.6KB pdf

Date: 15-17 October 2003 (Expert Segment: 15-16 October / Mayors' and Senior Level Officials' Segment: 17 October)
Venue: Weihai, Shandong Province, People's Republic of China
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; in cooperation with the Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy, State Environmental Protection Administration, of China
Host Organisation: City of Weihai, Shandong Province, People's Republic of China.
Participants: 21 local governments from 15 countries (see Participants List for details)

Programme

Expert Segment (Day 1 & 2: 15-16 October 2003)
Objective: To provide a review of activities to date, i.e. (1) indicators; (2) pilot activities; (3) thematic seminars/trainings; (4) successful practices; and develop future course of action. Opinions expressed and concluded at the Expert Segment will be presented at the Mayors' Segment for endorsement of future activities. Attendees: Senior level officials (policy makers) from local governments, representatives from national governments, experts/international initiatives, other.

Day 1, 15 October 2003
09:00-10:00 Opening Remarks
10:00-10:30 Group Photo, Break
10:45-12:00 Overview of Network activities (2001-2003) (Powerpoint: 515KB) (Dr. M.A. Khan, UNESCAP)
10:30-10:45 Review of thematic seminars/training (Facilitators: Dr. M.A. Khan (UNESCAP), Professor Hidefumi Imura (IGES))
(i) Overview of thematic seminars/trainings (Background Paper: PDF 55.5KB) (Powerpoint: 154KB)
(ii) Discussions
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:30 Review of pilot activities (Facilitators: Dr. M.A. Khan (UNESCAP), Professor Hidefumi Imura (IGES))
(i) Overview of pilot activities (Background Paper: PDF 44.6KB) (Powerpoint: 169KB)
(ii) City presentations & discussions
  • Pilot Project for Maximizing Recycling and Minimizing Waste Ms. Phansuda Kaidaew, Nonthaburi, Thailand (Paper: PDF 492KB / Powerpoint: PDF 1.25MB)
  • Environmental Pollution Situation and Industrial Relocation Programme in Ho Chi Minh City Ms. Do Hoang Oanh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Paper: PDF 24.3KB) (Powerpoint is too large for downloading. For a copy, please contact the Secretariat)
  • Kitakyushu Initiative Network and Weihai Environmental Protection Mr. Sun Pingyi, Weihai City, China (Paper: 27.7KB) (Powerpoint: 39.5KB)
  • Stakeholders Awareness Improvement for Better Air Quality in Surabaya Mr. Togar Arifin Silaban, Surabaya (Paper: 29.8KB) (Powerpoint: 390KB)
15:30-15:45 Break
15:45-17:00 Review of successful practices (Facilitators: Dr. M.A. Khan (UNESCAP), Professor Hidefumi Imura (IGES))
(i) Overview of successful practices (Background Paper: 124KB) (Powerpoint: 767KB)
(ii) Discussions
17:00-18:00 Review of indicators (Facilitators: Dr. M.A. Khan (UNESCAP), Professor Hidefumi Imura (IGES))
(i) Overview of indicators (Background Paper: 172KB) (Powerpoint: 132KB)
(ii) Discussions
18:30-20:00 Reception hosted by Weihai Municipal Government

Day 2, 16 October 2003
09:00-11:00 Evaluation of future plans--Conclusions and recommendations, Action plan
11:00-12:00 Review of the implementation of outcome of WSSD in human settlements sectors in Asia and the Pacific Dr. M.A. Khan, UNESCAP (Background Paper: PDF 56.9KB) (Powerpoint: 113KB)
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Review of the implementation of outcome of WSSD in human settlements sectors in Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
15:00-18:00 Field visit (Weihai Municipal Government)
18:00-20:00 Dinner

Mayors' and Senior Level Officials' Segment (Day 3, 17 October 2003)
Objective: To deliver policy statements and endorse outcome of Expert Segment. Attendees: Mayors, senior level officials from local and national governments, experts/international initiatives

Day 3, 17 October 2003
09:00-10:00 Opening Remarks
09:00-09:30 Overview from Expert Group Segment (PDF: 23.7KB) Mr. Ravi Sawhney, UNESCAP
09:30-12:00 Policy statements (Chair: The Honourable Mr. Niamatullah Khan (Mayor, Karachi, Pakistan)
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Policy statements
14:30-15:00 Endorsement of outcome of Expert Group Meeting (PDF: 23.7KB)

Supplementary Papers and Presentations

Dr. Hari Srinivas (UNEP/IETC) (Powerpoint: 38.5KB)

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