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ASEAN Renews Commitment to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emission
Source: balita.ph
Source Date: Friday, April 09, 2010
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Created: Apr 12, 2010

HANOI, Vietnam, April 9 — Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and nine other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reaffirmed here today the group’s commitment to ease greenhouse gas emission through regional cooperation with the view of attaining food stability and sustainable development.

The renewed commitment was embodied in a joint communiqué adopted at the conclusion of the two-day 16th ASEAN Summit held at the National Convention Center here on April 8 to 9.
The 10 ASEAN heads of state and government pledged to achieve the ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) “to stabilize atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

The group expected to do this “within a time frame sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to ensure that food production is not threatened and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner.”

The ASEAN leaders also called on developed countries to support developing ones, giving special attention to the least developed and those most vulnerable to climate change.

Recognizing the importance of sustainable foreign management, and sharing a vision for an ASEAN community resilient to climate change, the Group also urged all countries to ensure that their existing and future unilateral policies and measures, as well as market-based mechanisms in addressing climate change will not adversely affect international trade and sustainable economic and social development in developing countries.

The ASEAN joint statement also:
• Urged developed countries to fulfill their obligations under the UNFCCC, and to provide appropriate funding to the developing nations which may be provided incentives to continue developing low emission schemes.
• Encourage all developing countries to make active contributions to the global efforts through the development and implementation of nationally appropriate mitigation actions on a voluntary basis, in accordance with their different national circumstances, while welcoming adequate financial and technical support that is made available.
• Encourage South-South cooperation to support ASEAN Member States in addressing the impacts of climate4 change through technical cooperation and capacity building;
• Reaffirm that agreement on effective implementation of Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)-plus mechanisms is critical for contributions by ASEAN Members States to mitigate emissions, and offers major opportunities for enhancing biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, as well as supporting the livelihood of local communities in a sustainable manner;
• Work constructively together to ensure that the outcome of COP 16/ACMP 6 will incorporate long-term cooperative actions to address climate change in accordance with principles and provisions of the Convention and the Bali Action Plan, in particular on mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology transfer, capacity building and taking into account the specific national circumstances of Parties and a future agreement of the Second Commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol; and
• Commit to actively contribute towards a successful outcome of the COP 16/CMP 6.
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