Singapore To Host ASEAN Meetings On Environment

Singapore To Host ASEAN Meetings On Environment

26 October 2009

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Singapore — Singapore will be hosting three regional meetings on the environment involving the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) from Oct 29 to 30.

The meetings are the 11th Asean Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (AMME), the 5th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (COP5) and the 8th Asean Plus Three Environment Ministers Meeting (EMM).

In a statement today, Singapore’s Environment and Water Resources Ministry said the AMME served as a triennial forum for Asean Environment Ministers to exchange views on regional and global environmental issues.

It said the 11th AMME on Oct 29 would see the exchange of views on environmental sustainability challenges from various perspectives including environmentally sustainable cities, water resources management, coastal and marine environment, nature conservation and biodiversity, and climate change.

On the COP5 meeting on Oct 30, which is held annually, Asean Environment Ministers will review the progress of the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.

The ministry said as part of the region’s ongoing efforts to tackle transboundary haze pollution, Singapore would also be hosting a Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee Forum on Prevention and Mitigation of Land and Forest Fires (MSC Forum) on Oct 28.

The MSC Forum will bring together various government agencies, international organisations, non-government organisations and private companies to share on experiences and best practices gained from sub-regional actions undertaken to tackle land and forest fires.

Meanwhile, the EMM which aims to enhance and promote environmental cooperation and partnerships between Asean and the Plus Three Countries, will see Asean Environment Ministers meeting their counterparts from Japan, China, and South Korea on Oct 30, to discuss on-going cooperative environmental activities and projects, and other potential areas of collaboration.

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