The Government of Japan Offers Full Cooperation for the Asia-Pacific Water Summit in 2020
The Cabinet grants approval for cooperation between administrative organizations toward the fourth summit in Kumamoto City
March 26, 2019
On October 19 and 20, 2020, the Fourth Asia-Pacific Water Summit will be held in Kumamoto City. This summit meeting will bring together high-level officials of member countries in the Asia-Pacific region to hold discussions on a variety of issues concerning water.
On March 26, 2019, the Cabinet granted approval for related administrative organizations’ provision of necessary cooperation in the meeting, aiming at the smooth implementation of the summit.
The Government of Japan will strive to advance preparations for convening the summit meeting based on the expectation that Japan will participate in discussions at the high-level meetings.
The Asia-Pacific Water Summit*1 brings together top-level governmental officials of member countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as representatives of international organizations to hold discussions on a wide variety of issues concerning water in the Asia-Pacific region.
The summit meeting will be held in Kumamoto City on October 19 and 20, 2020, jointly organized by the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF)*2 and Kumamoto City. This will be the fourth summit since the inaugural event was held in 2007.
On March 26, 2019, based on the viewpoints below, the Cabinet granted approval for related administrative organizations’ provision of necessary cooperation in the meeting, aiming at the smooth implementation of the summit.*3
- Upholding the subject of “Water for Sustainable Development -Action and Succession,” high-level discussions held by member countries are expected to greatly contribute to Japan achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Japan is able to contribute to solving global water issues through exports of its high quality infrastructure technology.
- Kumamoto City, the host city of the summit meeting, is able to demonstrate its outstanding efforts regrading healthy water circulation, such as maintenance of underground water systems, and the progress made in reconstruction and revitalization of the city devastated by the earthquakes in 2016. Accordingly, it is considered significant for Kumamoto City to host the summit meeting.
*1. The Asia-Pacific Water Summit was held: in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, for the first time in 2007; in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for the second time in 2013; and in Yangon, Myanmar, for the third time in 2017.
*2. The APWF is a networked organization established under the leadership of Japan. The APWF is committed to water issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
*3. The approval was based on the Request for Cabinet Approval jointly submitted by: the Ministers of Foreign Affairs; Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Health, Labour and Welfare; Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Economy, Trade and Industry; Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; and the Environment.
Division in Charge
Regional Industrial Infrastructure Division, Regional Economic and Industrial Policy Group