The Malé Declaration on Control and Prevention of Air Pollution and Its Likely Transboundary Effects for South Asia (Malé Declaration) organized the Working Group Meeting on Drafting Strategy and Work Programme for Phase-VII (2021-2025) of the Malé Declaration (MD WG2021) on 8 April 2021 virtually. Nearly 30 participants representing the National Focal Points (NFPs) and the National Implementing Agencies (NIAs) of the eight member countries of the Malé Declaration, namely, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, attended the Session.
The Regional Facilitator of the Malé Declaration, Mr. J.S. Kamyotra, and the AIT RRC.AP as the Secretariat, were also present at the meeting. The MD WG2021 was convened to facilitate discussion among member countries on the Strategy and Work Programme for Phase-VII (2021- 2025) implementation of the Malé Declaration. At the meeting, the participants had the opportunity to brainstorm and exchange views on the workable arrangements in moving forward. The member countries showed keen interest, and demonstrated support, to the continuation of the Malé Declaration Network.
The meeting made good progress in drafting the Strategy and the Workplan for Phase-VII, including identification of activities to be conducted in 2021, the mechanism of implementation, and the financial requirements. The key results of this meeting will be presented for further deliberation at the upcoming Intergovernmental meeting to be convened during the last quarter of this year.