Mechanisms 23rd Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting 2022.12.01
The 23rd Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting (TEMM23) was held virtually on December 1, 2022. The meeting was presided by Minister HUANG Runqiu of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China with participation of State Minister YAMADA Miki of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, andMinister HAN Wha-jin of theMinistry of Environment of the Republic of Korea. The TCS delegation headed by Secretary-General Amb. OU Boqian and Deputy Secretary-General SAKATA Natsuko attended the meeting as an observer. 

At the meeting, the three Ministers exchanged information on the recent progress in environmental policies, global and regional environmental issues via carbon neutrality, renewables and air quality etc. TheMinisters reviewed the progress in the implementation of Tripartite Joint Action Plan (TJAP) 2021-2025 and also highlighted 8 priority areas of TJAP. The three Ministers reaffirmed the view that efforts under TEMMwould contribute to sustainable development in Northeast Asia as well as solving national, regional and global environmental problems. 

In the Joint Communiqué, the Ministers acknowledged the contribution of the TCS in the framework of Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting (TEMM) and welcomed continuous collaboration under the TJAP 2021-2025. Trilateral Symposium on Environmental Education and Public Awareness was also recognized, which was held in August 2022 in collaboration with the ministries and TEEN, promoting trilateral environmental cooperation and education to the educators and general public. The role of the TCS as a supporting entity in promoting cooperation under the action plan has also been highlighted. 

TEMM, which was established in 1999, is a well-established mechanism among the 21 trilateral ministerial mechanisms. TCS has attended the meeting since 2014 and continues to support the mechanism, especially under the area of raising general public awareness in environmental protection. 

▲ Signing Ceremony for the Joint Communiqué 

▲ Group Photo