The Thirty-fourth Session of the Standing Committee (New Delhi, 5-6 December 2007) had endorsed the offer by United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to support the preparation of the Regional State of the Environment Report for South Asia. The South Asia Environment Outlook (SAEO) 2009 was compiled by UNEP in collaboration with Member States. The draft SAEO 2009 was considered and approved by the Thirty-sixth Session of the Standing Committee (Colombo, 25-26 February 2009).
The South Asia Environment Outlook (SAEO) 2009 was launched during the Eighth Meeting of the SAARC Environment Ministers (New Delhi, 20 October 2009) by H.E. Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Minister for State for Environment and Forests, Government of India and Chairperson of the Meeting, in the presence of the distinguished Ministers of Environment from the Member States of SAARC, the Secretary General of SAARC and Dr. Young-Woo Park, Regional Director (Asia and the Pacific), UNEP, Bangkok.