Asia-Pacific leaders will gather in Thailand from 14 to 20 May 2013 for the second Asia-Pacific Water Summit (2nd APWS).
The event will be hosted by the Thai government, in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Water Forum. It will take place at the International Convention and Exhibition Center Commemorating His Majesty’s 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary in Chiang Mai province.
The summit will consist of three parts. First, the Leaders’ Forum will be held on 20 May, when participating leaders will be invited to deliver statements addressing the theme “Water Security and Water-related Disaster Challenges: Leadership and Commitment.
Second, Focus Area Sessions will be held on 19 May, when representatives and experts from relevant organizations and other stakeholders will discuss issues of water security and water-related disaster challenges in the Asia-Pacific region.
Third, technical workshops and exhibitions will be held between 14 and 18 May. Participants will learn about technical and practical aspects of water management, including an exhibition on Royal Projects.
The Thai government has invited 49 Asia-Pacific leaders, ministers, and delegates from international organizations and the private sector to attend the summit and related events. Leaders from nine countries, as well as vice-presidents, deputy prime ministers, and ministers of several countries, have so far accepted the invitation. The President of the 67th United Nations General Assembly will deliver a keynote address.
The summit will provide an opportunity for regional leaders to exchange views and approaches to water-related crisis management. It will help reinforce disaster prevention and management mechanisms for flood and drought. The event will also provide a water-centric forum where leaders and senior officials may discuss regional cooperation in this issue.
The summit is expected to produce an outcome document that will synthesize regional leaders’ key messages, representing their commitment to cooperation on water resources management. It will disseminate knowledge on integrated water management and provide best practices and technologies on water management for reducing disaster risk and impact.
All countries in the region will be urged to incorporate a water resource management plan into their national economic and social development plans and to recognize water management as a key factor in sustainable development.
Thailand, on its part, will share the water-related royal initiatives of His Majesty the King and the country’s lessons learned from the flood crisis in 2011. Recognized as the Father of Water Resource Management in Thailand, His Majesty the King is aware of the importance of water. His initiatives in managing water resources have eased the water shortage problem and others concerning pollution, drought, and flooding.