Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, will attend the Sixth Ministerial Forum of the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2018 in Iloilo City, Philippines, on 29 November 2018. The EAS Congress is a triennial international event organised by the Partnerships in Environmental Management of the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA). This year’s Congress marks the 25th anniversary of PEMSEA. Its theme is “25 Years of Partnerships for Healthy Ocean, People and Economies: Moving as One with the Global Ocean Agenda”. The EAS Congress aims to galvanise regional actions that are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. It will be chaired by Philippine Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Roy Cimatu.
2 At the Congress, Dr Khor will deliver a national statement to highlight Singapore’s policies on sustainable development and coastal and ocean management. The statement will outline Singapore’s initiatives in Integrated Urban Coastal Management and our approach to addressing marine litter. The meeting will adopt a Ministerial Declaration to affirm the participating countries’ commitment to sustainable development in the seas of East Asia. It also acknowledges the strong momentum to tackle marine debris globally.
MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES
28 NOVEMBER 2018
 PEMSEA is a regional seas programme established by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to address coastal and marine environment issues in the East Asian Seas region. Singapore is one of the 11 participating countries, which also include Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Vietnam, China, Japan, Republic of Korea (ROK), Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Timor-Leste.