Objectives of MCED-6

The purpose of MCED-6, through a broad-based and interactive discussion, is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assessing the progress and remaining gaps to date, in the implementation of the international agreed development goals and MCED-5 outcomes, including Green Growth strategy, defining priorities and cooperative actions that should have been implemented by relevant governmental, non-governmental and other partners. To achieve this purpose, MCED-6 is expected to provide:

  • A regional platform to assess persistent and emerging challenges in the context of environment and development in the Asia and Pacific region and discuss  concerted strategy and action to tackle the challenges;
  • An important opportunity to review regional progress in achieving the internationally-agreed development goals and the Regional Implementation Plan (RIP) for Sustainable Development 2006—2010, adopted by the MCED-5, including the Green Growth and associated initiatives;
  • A high-level forum to provide guidance and identify priorities for actions to be undertaken at the regional, subregional and national levels for the next five years under a major regional programme of work, the Regional Implementation Plan 2011—2015;
  • A channel for robust policy dialogues between the Asia and Pacific region and Europe on environment and development issues through recommending appropriate linkage and synergy between the outcomes of MCED-6 and the European Environmental Ministerial Conference to be held by ECE in 2011 in Kazakhstan; and
  • An occasion to start forging Asia-Pacific regional perspective and voice vis-à-vis upcoming global forums, including the Rio+20 to be held in mid-2012 in Brazil.

Substantively, MCED-6 will focus regional attention on issues related to further promoting Green Growth as a sustainable development strategy for Asia and the Pacific through, inter alia, sustainable use of resources, low carbon development and sustainable urban development.

Expected outcomes

The key outcomes of the conference are expected to be:

  • The Astana Ministerial Declaration, affirming the commitment of countries in the Asia and Pacific region to the internationally-agreed development goals, presenting regional perspectives and priorities in pursuit of sustainable development, and endorsing concrete programmes and actions at the national, subregional and regional levels.
  • The Regional Implementation Plan for Sustainable Development 2011—2015, specifying regional priorities, mapping out the way forward and launching specific thematic and programmatic initiatives, such as “Zhasyl Damu: Green Development”; and
  • New partnerships for sustainable development: MCED serving as a unique regional forum for constructive dialogues between all stakeholders in pursuit of sustainable development, providing opportunities for governments, international organizations and NGOs to showcase their successful programme and practice, strengthen existing cooperation and build up new partnerships.