U Khin Maung Yi, the permanent secretary of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of Myanmar reaffirmed that Asean Vision 2025 calls for clean and green Asean to achieve sustainable development by ensuring protection of the region’s environment during the 27th Meeting of Asean Senior Officials on Environment (ASOEN) in Nay Pyi Taw on August 1. Participants from all Asean Member States attended the four-day meeting.
The Asean Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2016-2025 also stressed the importance of sustainable development by identifying many key indicators such as sustainable climate as well as sustainable consumption and production.
The meeting focused on the current pressing environmental issues of the region. The key outcomes of the meeting include the final drafts of the Asean Joint Statements on Biological Diversity and Climate Change.
Both statements will be presented to Asean Leaders at the upcoming Asean Summit in Vientiane, Lao PDR in September.
The statements would ensure Asean’s strong commitment to conserving biodiversity and on synergizing the efforts to tackle climate change issue. The Joint Statements will be read at the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-13) in Cancun, Mexico later this year in December, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP-22 in Marrakesh, Morocco in November, which are both global stages of highlights in the environment field.
Source: The Manila Times | 10 August 2016