On September 28-29, 2016, the APEC High-Level Meeting on Overcoming Barriers to Financing Waste management Systems to Prevent Marine Litter in the Asia Pacific Region was held in Tokyo, Japan. The meeting was co-sponsored by the United States and Japan. Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, the United States and other APEC economies attended the meeting, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank Bank, a total of more than 40 United Nations agencies, specialized agencies and other agencies were also represented at the meeting. Dr. Weng Danfeng from the AMSD Center and Dr. Chen Hongzhe from The Third Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanic Administration of China, were invited to attend the meeting and made a comment on the proposal text of the meeting.
Participants discussed the main barriers to waste management investment from the perspective of economics and investment, identified the challenges of implementing waste management by sharing practical cases, and also discussed issues such as vertical integrated management, cross-sectoral collaboration, and provided policy and practical advice to reduce the risk of waste management investment.
The meeting formed nine recommendations which will be submitted to the APEC Ocean and Fisheries Working Group (OFWG) and the Chemical Dialogue Working Group (CDWG).