The 15th Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among China, Japan and South Korea (TEMM) was held between May 5 and May 6, 2013 in Kitakyushu, Japan. The meeting was attended by delegations from the three countries respectively headed by Li Ganjie, Vice Minister for Environmental Protection of China, special representative of MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian, Nobuteru Ishihara, Environment Minister of Japan and Yoon Seong-kyu, Environment Minister of Republic of Korea.
While giving a briefing on China's latest environmental policies, Vice Minister Li Ganjie stressed that China has put building ecological civilization at a strategic position which will be taken into overall consideration together with economic, political, cultural and social development. In the past year, the country has made notable progress in pollution reduction, optimizing economic development, solving environmental problems hindering people's well being, pollution prevention and control in key river basins, protection of ecology and rural environment as well as guarantee of nuclear and radiation safety. It also introduced the 12th Five-Year Plan on Prevention and Control of Air Pollution and 12th Five-Year Plan on Prevention and Control of Heavy Metal Pollution. Li explained China's policies on air pollution control in detail. He said China has issued the newly revised Environmental Standard on Air Quality and Technical Specifications for Air Quality Index (on trial). 496 monitoring sites in 74 cities including Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta and municipalities and provincial capitals are now carrying out environmental monitoring according to the new standard and the country is pushing for joint prevention and control of air pollution.
Environmental Ministers from Japan and South Korea also presented their most recent environmental policies. Japan has proposed to build a low-carbon society in harmony with nature through comprehensive measures and laid emphasis on its policy on air pollution management and climate change. The concept of environmental well being was introduced by Korean Environmental Minister who also presented its policy on the quality of environmental service and sustainability of the society and environment.
In addition, Li exchanged views with his counterparts on a set of important global and regional environmental topics and enhanced mutual understanding. These topics ranged from air pollution control, green technology and green development, dust and sandstorm to climate change, biodiversity conservation, transboundary movement of e-waste and environmental emergency response. The meeting adopted the Joint Communiqué of the 15th Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among China, Japan and South Korea.
To promote exchanges and cooperation among environmental workers in China, Japan and Korea, TEMM established Environmental Award for the first time. The winner for 2013 Environmental Award were Lv Shihai, researcher from Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Professor Chin Yeong Shin (transliteration), National Institute of Meteorological Research, Korea Meteorological Administration and Hajime Akimoto, Director General of Asia Center for Air Pollution Research.
TEMM aims to implement the consensus of Trilateral Summit Meeting among China, Japan and Korea, explore and solve common regional environmental problems and promote sustainable development of the region. The meeting is held once a year and hosted by the three countries in rotation.
Bilateral talks between China and Korea, Japan and Korea and China and Japan were held prior to the meeting as usual.
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