Fifth GMS Environment Ministers' Meeting

Chiang Mai, Thailand 30 January to 1 February 2018

Every 3 years the environment ministers from the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries gather to review progress and set the agenda for environmental cooperation in the subregion under the GMS Economic Cooperation Program.

The 5th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting was held from 30 January to 1 February 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The formal EMM-5 meeting of ministers on 1 February was preceded by 2 days of side events on 30 and 31 January.

The overall theme of EMM-5 was ‘GMS Environmental Cooperation Toward Inclusive and Sustainable Growth.’ The event generated high-level consensus from the GMS countries and development partners to scale up green investments to address environmental challenges in the subregion.

EMM-5 – the premier event of the GMS Working Group on Environment (WGE) - was organized by Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the ADB-led Environment Operations Center. Around 280 participants attended. Delegates included environment leaders and senior government officials from key ministries, senior Asian Development Bank staff, representatives from international and regional development organizations, and heads of green technology companies.

The EMM-5 events were as follows:

Days 1 & 2: Forum on Inclusive Green Growth: Investing for a Sustainable Future

Day 2: Senior Officials Meeting (closed meeting)

Day 2: Development Partners's Roundtable

Day 3: Fifth GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting (formal meeting of ministers)

Meeting materials can be downloaded below and from the related event materials. Proceedings will be added when available.

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The WGE AM-24 was followed by thematic discussions that covered the proposed new programs entitled: "GMS Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Program (CCESP)" and "GMS Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program (SAFSP)" which are aligned with three out of seven operational priorities of Strategy 2030 approved by the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board in 2018.

 

The CCESP will focus on ADB Strategy 2030’s operational priority: tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability, while SAFSP will focus on ADB Strategy 2030’s operational priority: promoting rural development and food security. Both programs will support ADB Strategy 2030’s operational priority: fostering regional cooperation and integration.

 

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