4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit, Kumamoto, Japan 2020

The 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit (4th APWS) will be held in October 2020 in Kumamoto City, Japan, in which high-level delegates including heads of states and representatives from international organizations in the Asia-Pacific region will discuss various water-related issues.

The 4th APWS will also share with the world the long-standing efforts of the host city, Kumamoto, in conserving groundwater as well as its recovering efforts from the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes.

The 3rd APWS in 2017 adopted the Yangon Declaration to show the direction of sustainable development with a perspective on water.

Under the theme of “Water for Sustainable Development –Best Practices and Connecting to the Next Generation-“, the outcomes of the 4th APWS discussions on how to implement the recommendations given in the Yangon Declaration are expected to make a great contribution to lead the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Outline

Date Monday, 19 October and Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Venue Kumamoto Jo Hall (Sakuramachi, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto, Japan) (Opening in December 2019)

https://www.kumamoto-jo-hall.jp/en/

Organizers Kumamoto City of Japan and Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF)

Overarching Theme

Water for Sustainable Development -Best Practices and Connecting to the Next Generation-

Expected Participating Countries

49 countries of Asia and the Pacific, including the host country (i.e. Japan):
Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Armenia, Israel, Iran, Indonesia, India, Uzbekistan, Australia, Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Kyrgyz, Samoa, Georgia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Korea, Tajikistan, China, Turkmenistan, Tonga, New Zealand, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Bangladesh, Timor-Leste, Fiji, Philippines, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Viet Nam, Marshall Islands, Malaysia, Micronesia, Myanmar, Maldives, Mongolia, Lao PDR, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, and Japan

Official Language for the Summit

Japanese and English

Approval of Cabinet Meeting

On 26 March 2019, the Cabinet of Japan approved that relevant governmental ministries and agencies will provide necessary cooperation for the 4th APWS as follows:

▼Regular Cabinet Meeting on Tuesday, 26 March 2019, General Matter (Approved)▼

The 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit(Cabinet Meeting jointly requested by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and Minister of the Environment)

[For reference] The official website of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism http://www.mlit.go.jp/report/press/water02_hh_000112.html (Japanese only)

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