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NORTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES CALL FOR MULTILATERAL DIALOGUE AND COOPERATION TO BROADEN ENERGY CONNECTIVITY

The 4th Northeast Asia Energy Security Forum, jointly organized by ESCAP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and held in Seoul on 15 December, served as a venue to discuss policy, technical, and financial issues related to power interconnection. The Forum also explored the potential arrangement of an intergovernmental and multistakeholder platform in support of policy dialogue and coordination.

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ESCAP-GTI SEMINAR HIGHLIGHTS THE ROLE OF REGIONAL AND MULTI-AGENCY COOPERATION TO FACILITATE TRADE

Representatives from ESCAP/Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) member countries, private sector, and international organizations discussed how to facilitate trade in North-East Asia at the International Seminar on Trade Facilitation in North-East Asia in Incheon on 13 December. The Seminar shared knowledge on international initiatives, regional trends and salient issues on trade facilitation to identify areas for future regional cooperation. 

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ROUNDTABLE EXPLORES THE WAYS FORWARD TO MITIGATE REGIONAL AIR POLLUTION

Northeast Asian countries examined the current status of transboundary air pollution in the region and identified the possibility of expanding collaborative mechanisms during the 2nd Roundtable on Transboundary Air Pollution in Northeast Asia on 9 December. The Roundtable proposed the development of a subregional cooperation framework on transboundary air pollution like NEASPEC's Science and Review Committee and its working groups, as well as the Northeast Asian Clean Air Program (NEACAP).

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EXPERTS SEEK TO BUILD AN EFFECTIVE MULTILATERAL PLATFORM FOR SCIENTIFIC AND POLICY COLLABORATION ON AIR POLLUTION

The Expert Consultation Meeting (ECM) on NEASPEC Transboundary Air Pollution Project, held on 8 December in Seoul, provided a platform for experts to discuss scientific tools for assessing the state of air pollution in the subregion and developing policy and technical measures. It led to the general conclusion that NEASPEC should play a central role in building a scientific community and bridging science with policy for abating the impact of air pollution.

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SOUTH AND NORTH-EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES REAFFIRM THE IMPORTANCE OF STRENGTHENING REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY

ESCAP East and North-East Asia (ENEA) Office and Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) together held a side event at the Ministerial Conference on Transport in Moscow on 7 December to discuss transport connectivity and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in South and North-East Asia. In addition, China, Mongolia, and the Russian Federation signed the Intergovernmental Agreement on International Road Transport along the Asian Highway Network during the Conference. The ENEA Office has provided vital support for the negotiation on the Agreement spanning from 2014 to 2016.

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NEASPEC WORKSHOP URGES GREATER SUBREGIONAL ACTION TO PROMOTE CONNECTIVITY CONSERVATION

Intergovernmental cooperation on enhancing conditions of cross-border movement and habitats is crucial for the conservation of Amur tigers and leopards, and migratory birds. To this end, participants from all six member countries of NEASPEC convened at the Workshop on Nature Conservation and Transboundary Cooperation in Beijing from 28 to 29 November to discuss knowledge gaps, capacity needs, public awareness and cooperation opportunities. They also identified several recommendations on follow-up activities to further NEASPEC's nature conservation projects.

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Upcoming ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office Events

Korea Pilot Preparatory Meeting on Innovative Data Approches for the SDGs
24 January 2017
Incheon, Republic of Korea