3R Forum in Asia and Pacific Current Affairs
The Eighth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and Pacific was held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It was co-organized by Ministry of Housing and Affairs, Japan’s Environment Ministry, and United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD).
Government of Madhya Pradesh,Indore Municipal Corporation and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) were Organizing State Partner, City Partner and Industry Partner of the event.
The theme of this edition of forum was “Achieving Clean Water, Clean Land and Clean Air through 3R and Resource Efficiency– A 21st Century Vision for Asia-Pacific Communities”. The event saw participation of around 40 mayors of cities around the world and mayors of more than 100 cities across India.
3R Forum in Asia and Pacific
The Regional 3R Forum in Asia and Pacific was launched in 2009 in Tokyo, Japan with objective of integrating 3Rs– reduce, reuse and recycle in policy, planning and development.
The forum provides strategic platform for sharing best practices in 3R areas, including new and emerging issues of concern in waste management. Its members include governments, aid agencies, international agencies, private sector entities, research bodies, NGOs and other relevant parties.
Japan had hosted inaugural Regional 3R Forum in Tokyo in 2009. During the forum meetings, members hold discussions on policies, provided support for the implementation of 3R projects in member countries and share useful information and build networks for further promotion of 3R initiatives.
United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
UNCRD was founded in 1971 as instrument to help achieve the strategy for Second United Nations Development Decade. It was created by agreement between Government of Japan and UN. Its operations are supported by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA).
Its vision is to achieve sustainable living environment for all. Its mission is to assist developing countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable development. Its interventions in developing countries are clustered under three main thematic interrelated and complementary areas of work viz. Integrated Regional Development Planning, Sustainable Urban Management and Knowledge Management.