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Statements by Indigenous Peoples Major Group presented in the 7th Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment 2017

The 7th Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment 2017 started from 5 September 2017 and concluded on 8 September 2017. The summit had 18 taregted agenda items. During different sessions of the summit, Indigenous peoples major group presented the statements for intervention on the agenda items no 2, 3, 4 and 14(A). . After the CSOs Forum's meeting on 4 Septemebr,  It was also made an IPs press statement. Please, read the attached statements.

Attachments:
Download this file (Press Media Statement at FCCT_IPs major group.6.09.2017.pdf)IPs Press Statment[7th Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment Bangkok, Thailand]168 kB
Download this file (Statement on Agenda 2 Review of Implementation of UNEA Resolutions .pdf)Statement on Agenda Item 2 [Review of Implementation of UNEA Resolutions ]164 kB
Download this file (Statement on Agenda 3 Policy Perspective.pdf)Statement on Agenda Item 3 [Policy Perspective]81 kB
Download this file (Statement on Agenda 4 Draft Ministerial Declaration on the environment and development.pdf)Statement on Agenda Item 4 [Draft Ministerial Declaration on the environment and development]276 kB
Download this file (Statement on Agenda Item no 14 (A) Indigenous Peoples .pdf)Statement on Agenda Item 14(A)[Matters pertaining to the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: policy perspectives on the environment and development in Asia and the Pacific]193 kB

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