Regional Meeting of the Swedish-supported Programme “Towards a Non-toxic Southeast Asia”

Bangkok, Thailand, 21-23 September 2016

 

A total of forty-three participants attended the Regional Meeting of the Swedish-supported Programme “Towards a Non-toxic Southeast Asia” held from 21-23 September in Bangkok, Thailand. The participants represented governments, academe, private sector and CSO partners from six countries in the Mekong Subregion, FAO, the regional civil society organization (CSO) partners Thai Education Foundation/The Field Alliance (TEF/TFA) and Pesticide Action Network-Asia Pacific (PAN-AP) and the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI). The meeting reviewed and summarized the accomplishments of community education programmes on pesticide risk reduction over the past three years (September 2013-August 2016), identified implementation challenges faced and formulated revised strategies to strengthen collaboration and explore/demonstrate the added value of all partners working together to address pesticide risks in convergence areas. The meeting also coincided with the de-briefing of the Mid-term Review (MTR) Mission of the Phase II Programme (2013-2018). Workshop participants provided feedback to the MTR on the areas of GO-CSO collaboration, reporting, sustainability and focus areas for a possible continued Programme beyond 2018. Participants wrote down their renewed commitments and plans to move the regional programme on “Towards a Non-toxic Southeast Asia” forward and these will be assessed in the next regional meeting.