Chiang Rai Hosts Model Cities Year 3 Grand Regional Seminar

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February 10, 2017

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The 2nd Regional Seminar of ASEAN ESC Model Cities Year 3 was successfully integrated with the 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) High-Level Seminar (HLS) on Sustainable Cities, with financial support from the Ministry of Environment, Japan.

The seminar was jointly organised by the Government of Thailand, Government of Japan, Government of Cambodia, the ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities and the ASEAN Secretariat in Chiang Rai, Thailand, on 8-9 February 2017 under the framework of the EAS Environment Ministers Meeting (EMM) with more than 230 participants comprising representatives from 12 national governments, 29 local authorities and 27 supporting organisations including international/regional organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), research institutions/academia, private companies and others.

8HLS opening ceremony

Opening Ceremony of the 8th EAS HLS Seminar on Sustainable Cities

The theme was “The Role of Cities: Localising the Sustainable Development Goals to Bridge Policy and Implementation”. All Year 3 Model Cities participated and shared their achievements at this seminar. Over two days, a total of five Plenary and 12 Thematic Sessions were organised to enable frank discussions and active knowledge exchange among key stakeholders.

Based on the key messages arising from all sessions, the seminar adopted a set of recommendations to the EAS Environment Ministers, including specific points for the future directions of the HLS and the Model Cities programme, which will be followed up in Year 3’s final regional event in June 2017 (TBC). The Government of Cambodia also expressed its willingness to host the next 9th HLS seminar.

For more information, visit the High-Level Seminar on Sustainable Cities website at:


8HLS study visit

Delegates learning about Chiang Rai city’s community-based sustainable cities pilot projects
with public participation during the site visit


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