The Seventeenth Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting (TEMM17) among China, South Korea and Japan was held in Shanghai during 28-30th April. Chinese environment minister Chen Jining, Japanese environment minister Mochizuki Yoshio and South Korean environment minister Yoon Seong-kyu led the delegation. Dr Wu Huanan, Associate Researcher of SEE were invited to the meeting.
The Tripartite Roundtable on Environmental Business started on 28th April. Over sixty delegates from the three countries included entrepreneurs, governmental officials and scholars. The welcome address was given by Mr Lee Jong-heon, Deputy Secretary-General of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat and Mr LV Ben, Deputy Director of the Department of Science, Technology and Standards, Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection. The two-day meeting consisted of six sessions about Environmental Industry Park, Environmental Labeling, water pollution prevention, cooperation of environmental industry, Policies on Green Development and Transformation, and Practices on Green Development.
On 29th April, Dr Wu discussed Practices on Green Development as the moderator of the session. In the afternoon, Delegation visited the Bailonggang Wastewater Treatment Plant in Pudong New Area, which was the largest plant in Asia with daily treatment capacity of 2.8 million tons.
Three Ministers signed the Tripartite Joint Action Plan on Environmental Cooperation on 30th April, agreeing on lists of specific joint activities in nine priority areas including air quality improvement, biodiversity and green economy transition. Representatives of the Roundtable and the concurrent Tripartite Youth Forum on Environmental Protection reported their opinions, such as sharing environmental ideas and market information, promoting environmental industry and facilitating green economy transition. Ministers also adopted and signed on the Joint Communique at the meeting.