What's on the agenda for top-level summits in Asia

APEC leaders are gathering for high-level eco-friendly sessions in Thailand, while Indonesia’s G20 presidency concludes with a series of events in Bali.

APEC is advocating for an eco-friendly approach at every opportunity presented at events.
APEC is advocating for an eco-friendly approach at every opportunity presented at events. Photo Credit: Adobe/aFotostock

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit which starts in Bangkok on 14 November is highlighting the extent to which events can be green and how Thailand is responding to this challenge.

Indonesia’s G20 presidency meanwhile, will come to an end this week, with the G20 Leaders’ Summit being hosted in Bali, Indonesia on 15 and 16 November 2022. The G20 platform has provided a welcome boost for the destination’s MICE industry and a series of events and side events are taking place back-to-back with the Bali Summit, helping to boost the destination’s MICE recovery efforts.

APEC says it is advocating an environmental approach to events at every opportunity, with materials and resources recycled to reduce environmental impacts in line with sustainability guidelines. In addition, it says, the concept of a green meeting and calculating carbon footprints will help to raise awareness of ways to promote energy savings and waste reduction.

Participants at APEC will be encouraged to use a mobile application to access event details and they can also register to receive digital files, with the aim of reducing paper waste. In addition, eco-friendly credentials are being reinforced through venues, with the event taking place at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, which recently completed a renovation using environmentally friendly materials.

As well, Cambodia's Phnom Penh has just hosted the ASEAN Summit which saw ASEAN as well as world leaders, including US president Joe Biden and xxx, coming together to pledge their commitment to tackle the biggest issues such as climate and health security.

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