About APWF; ASIA PACIFIC WATER SUMMIT

On the Summits

The 4WWF ministerial meeting also called upon the APWF to organize Asia-Pacific Water Summits (APWS), to be held, once every 2-3 years. It was agreed that first Summit would be held in Japan in 2007 and that subsequent Summits are to be organized in other countries of the Asia Pacific region though an open proposal process.


The Summits will bring together leaders of the region and showcase leadership in decision-making, excellence in practice and innovation, and concrete results that have had substantial impacts at the policy down through the grassroots levels.


Each APWS will target top-level policy and decision-makers beyond the water sector, such as heads of governments and ministers of finance and planning, as well as leaders from the private sector, local governments, civil society and media in the region.


The primary objective of the Summits is to create the opportunity for the political leaders of the region to recognize the significance of the water issues for achieving MDGs. The dialogue with other water stakeholders at the Summits will facilitate this recognition, which is expected to be translated into concrete actions in each country by pushing the issue towards the top of their political agendas.



The First Summit

The first summit will be held in Oita Prefecture, Japan, on December 3 and 4, 2007. The Government of Japan will support the summit with cabinet approval.3 The Summit shall be organized by the Asia-Pacific Water Forum and the Steering Committee of the 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit consisting of eminent persons from Japan and other countries in the region.


The first Summit will focus on the three priority themes which were identified in the regional document for the 4th World Water Forum as the first important steps towards progress: Water Financing, Water-related Disaster Management, and Water for Development and Ecosystems.


» News (First Annoucement of the 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit)
» Draft Concept Paper for the 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit (As of May 30, 2007)
» Outline of the 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit



Schedule

Sep. 2006   Official Launching Ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (Manila)


Feb. 2007   1st Governing Council meeting of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (Singapore)


Mar. 2007   1st Steering Committee Meeting of the 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit (Tokyo)


Jul. 2007   2nd Governing Council meeting of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (Singapore)


Aug. 2007   2nd Steering Committee Meeting of the 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit (Tokyo)


Dec. 2007   3rd Steering Committee Meeting of the 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit


Dec. 2007   1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit (Beppu)