The national focal points of the ASEAN member countries including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, as well as ASEAN dialogue partners such as ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Ministry of Environment of Japan participated in the meeting.
Four focus areas of the working group were discussed during the open session, these include (1) ASEAN Eco-Schools Program, (2) ASEAN Green Higher Education Program, (3) Regional Communication, Education and Public Awareness initiatives and (4) Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). Activities in these areas were suggested by the ASEAN Secretariat and the member countries, and implementation partners gave further input.
Seven out of twelve proposed activities are to be implemented this year. They include the ASEAN Eco-schools Awards Program, which is to be held in Cambodia; the ASEAN Plus Three Youth Environment Forum (AYEF), to be held in Thailand; the ASEAN Youth Eco-champions Award Program, also to be held in Cambodia; establishment of the ASEAN Environmental Education Inventory Database (AEEID); a new ASEAN Plus Three Leadership Program on Sustainable Consumption and Production; the ASEAN Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production; and the publication of the ASEAN Guideline on Green Meetings.
The Hanns Seidel Foundation expressed its continuing support to the working group. HSF will particularly support the implementation of activities regarding the ASEAN Eco-schools awards, the ASEAN Youth Eco-champions Award Program and the ASEAN Plus Three Leadership Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production.