Chiang Mai province in the North is the venue for the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit, hosted by the Thai government in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Water Forum, from 14-20 May 2013. At the end of the summit, the Chiang Mai Declaration will be issued jointly by participating Asia-Pacific leaders.
The Cabinet has approved the draft Chiang Mai Declaration, proposed by Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, who chairs the Water and Flood Management Commission.
The Chiang Mai Declaration is not an agreement and has no legal commitments. Yet it shows the intention of the Asia-Pacific leaders, who are aware of the importance of water resources and will cooperate in water management for the maximum benefit and help one another in times of water-related disasters.
The draft declaration will be submitted to the Leaders’ Forum, which is to be held on 20 May. The forum follows the Focus Area Sessions, scheduled for 19 May, when representatives and experts from relevant organizations and other stakeholders discuss issues of water security and water-related disaster challenges in the Asia-Pacific region. Technical workshops are being held between 14 and 18 May and exhibitions from 14 to 20 May.
The 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit takes place at the International Convention and Exhibition Center Commemorating His Majesty’s 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary. More than 2,000 political leaders, high-ranking officials, and water experts from 37 countries in the Asia-Pacific are joining the summit.
Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen said that discussions at the summit focus on seven major topics, namely Economic, Food, and Water Security, Urban Water Security, Environmental Water Security, Water-related Disaster Challenges, Household Water Security, Water Risks and Resilience, and Integrated Water Resources Management Process for a Water Secure World. He said that Chiang Mai had prepared to address problems concerning floods and droughts faced by the province and strategies for dealing with the issues.
The President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Emomali Rahmon, will give a keynote address on 19 May. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will host a welcome dinner on 19 May. On 20 May, she will deliver the opening remarks and a keynote address on “Disaster and Response: Thailand’s Action and Commitment to Water and Flood Management for the Future.” The keynote address will be followed by statements of heads of state and heads of government.
At the closing ceremony, there will be the presentation of the Chiang Mai Declaration and concluding remarks by Mr. Plodprasop Suraswadi, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of Water and Flood Management Commission of Thailand.
The general public is welcome to the exhibitions, held at the Royal Initiatives Pavilion, and to water-related technology and trade show exhibition booths.