11:34 | 30/10/2015 Science - Technology
The 2015 ASEAN joint statement on climate change was adopted by participants of the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment, which wrapped up yesterday in Ha Noi.
PM Nguyen Tan Dung (M) attends the official opening ceremony of the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment that opened yesterday in Ha Noi — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
Approving the joint statement on climate change was one of the major aims of the 13th AMME.
Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha said the joint statement was expected to be presented at the 21st Conference of Parties by Malaysia, the chair of ASEAN, after receiving the green light at the 27th ASEAN Summit.
The joint statement reaffirmed previous statements by ASEAN on climate change and aligns with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Ha said.
ASEAN ministers highly appreciated the initiative by Viet Nam to develop a Declaration on ASEAN Post 2015 Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Agenda for approval at the 27th ASEAN Summit, said Nguyen Van Tai, head of the Viet Nam Environment Administration.
The ministers also supported the development of the ASEAN Strategic Plan of Action on Environmental Co-operation and the roadmap for a haze-free ASEAN, he said.
It was scheduled to reach the target of a haze-free ASEAN by 2020. The ASEAN members pledged to implement drastic measures to monitor haze in the context of the El Nino weather pattern.
The 14th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment is set to take place in Brunei in 2017./.