Media Release of the 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment and the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution
November 19, 2019
Ministers responsible for the environment, for land, forest fires and haze, from ASEAN Member States (AMS), held their 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment and 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution on 8-9 October 2019 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Ministers acknowledged the achievements and progress of regional environmental protection and cooperation on a number of environmental issues, in particular prioritised actions and initiatives taken on environmental sustainability to further promote environmental cooperation in the region.
The Ministers recognised that key cross-cutting and emerging environmental issues such as climate change and marine debris pollution remain a challenge which requires regional collective action. In line with the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, the Ministers looked forward to the finalisation of the ASEAN Strategic Plan on Environment (ASPEN) 2025. The ASPEN shall serve as a comprehensive guide for ASEAN cooperation on environment towards the achievement of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025. The Ministers also noted the continuing dialogue between ASEAN and partners in the key cross-cutting and emerging environmental issues such as climate change, environmentally sustainable cities, and circular economy in the ASEAN-EU High-Level Dialogue on Environment and Climate Change held on 8 July 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.