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Title 5th Tripartite Policy Dialogue among Korea, China and Japan to take place
Source Ministry of Environment
Date 2018-02-23 AM 9:36:25 Hit 180
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▷ The Ministry of Environment will host the 5th Tripartite Policy Dialogue on Air Pollution among Korea, China and Japan in Seoul on February 6-8.
▷ Participants will discuss cooperation measures in preparation for the 20th Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among Korea, China and Japan which will take place in China in the first half of this year.
 
The Ministry of Environment (Minister Kim Eunkyung) announced that the 5th Tripartite Policy Dialogue among Korea, China and will be held on February 6-8 at Seoul Garden Hotel.

The 5th policy dialogue, joined by 20 government officials and researchers from Korea's Ministry of Environment, China's Ministry of Environmental Protection and Japan's Ministry of Environment, is aimed at discussing ways to further cooperation to address air pollution issues of the three countries.

Results of discussion will be reflected into air quality management policies of the three countries prior to the 20th Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among Korea, China and Japan (TEMM 20), which will take place in China in the first half of 2018.

Working-level officials in charge of air quality will share policies to control air pollutants such as particulate matters, and reflect the results of discussion into air quality improvement measures of the three countries. In addition, director-level officials from Korea, China and Japan will discuss a plan to foster trilateral cooperation to combat fine dust.

Director Hong Donggon of Clean Air Planning Division from Korea, Director Zhang Haolong of Air Pollution Management Division from China and Deputy Director Watanabe Satoshi of Air Quality Division from Japan will attend the policy dialogue.

They will discuss on whether Japan will join the Clean Sky Project, a joint monitoring and investigation of air quality that has been conducted by Korea and China since May last year. In addition, they will touch upon the expansion of target cities of real-time observation data on air quality between Korea and China.

Researchers from Korea's National Institute of Environmental Research, China's Environmental Monitoring Center and Japan's Asia Air Pollution Research Center will discuss a joint research plan on air quality management for the three countries.

The Tripartite Policy Dialogue on Air Pollution among Korea, China and Japan is a director-level, working level meeting, which was launched upon Korea's proposal at TEMM 15 in March, 2013. It has been held annually in turn since 2014.

At the 1st policy dialogue, held in China in 2014, the three countries agreed to reinforce cooperation in tackling fine dust, volatile organic compounds and car exhaust. At the 2nd policy dialogue, held in Korea in 2015, the three countries launched a joint research working group upon Korea's proposal.

At the 3rd policy dialogue, held in Japan in 2016, participants finalized the five-year action plan for the working group. And, at last year's 4th policy dialogue in China, participants checked the joint research progress and shared air quality management policies of the three countries.
 
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