UNESCAP 66th Commission Session Adopts Incheon Declaration

19 May 2010: The 66th Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) convened from 13-19 May 2010, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Representatives from 53 countries of the region and nine associate States discussed regional development policies, including green growth, and adopted the Incheon Declaration.

In the Incheon Declaration, delegates commit to: strengthen efforts to pursue green growth strategies as part of their response to the current crisis and beyond; introduce, as appropriate, on a voluntary basis and taking into account national circumstances, and consistent with international trade obligations, policies, legislation and incentives encouraging companies to pursue the greening of existing business practices and to foster green industries by promoting eco-efficient production activities, developing environmentally-sound technologies and marketing sustainable products and services; strengthen bilateral and regional cooperation by building partnerships for capacity building, technical assistance and the replication of best practices in promoting green growth.

The Declaration also requests the UNESCAP Executive Secretary to: coordinate with multilateral funding agencies with a view to enhancing financial and technology flows for the development and deployment of clean technologies in developing countries; and facilitate the exchange of information among members and associate members regarding national strategies and best practices in support of green growth and, if requested, to further assist in developing national strategies in this regard, and to report the results to the Commission at its 68th session. [IISD RS Sources][66th Commission Session website][UNESCAP Press Release] [Climate Change Policy & Practice Story on the 66th Session]