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May 4, 2001



Conference to Shape Environmental Future of Asia-Pacific Region

The future of the Asia-Pacific region will be shaped by its urban areas and its regional leaders. Environmental issues facing these regions will be the core topic of the biennial Mayor's Asia-Pacific Environmental Summit, held this year from May 4-6, 2001 in Honolulu.

This unique forum will be a gathering of leaders to exchange ideas and develop practical strategies for each region's environmental sustainability. Keynote speakers include Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, United Nations Environmental Programme; Amory Lovins, CEO and Treasurer Rocky Mountain Institute; and Maurice Strong, Special Assistant to the Secretary General of the United Nations and President of the United Nations University for Peace.

Mayors from throughout the Asia Pacificregion, including China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Australia, Canada and the United States will present challenges faced by their cities and share their experiences on how they dealt with them.

Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris initiated the first Environmental Summit in 1999, drawing more than 400 delegates representing 118 cities from 29 countries. Mayors who made commitments to local action will present progress reports at this year's conference. Case studies and roundtable discussions will form the Mayor's Action Plan, which will directly shape the Local Government Report to the United Nations Earth Summit 2002 on Sustainable Development (Rio+10) in Johannesburg.

"This year's Environmental Summit will develop tangible ideas and solutions to environmental issues facing cities throughout Asia and the Pacific," said Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris. "Not only will the conference focus on regional environmental issues, international environmental experts will be here to set the tone for the global perspective."

Strategies development workshops will focus on sustainable water and waste management, sustainable economic development, urban air-quality and sustainable energy, and sustainable regional and urban planning. From these sessions, the delegates will prepare recommendations for each individual region and the United Nations Earth Summit 2002 conference.

For more information visit or call Li Wang or Caroline Witherspoon of Becker Communications (808) 533-41656

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002

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