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ASEAN Cooperation on Environment

ASEAN Cooperation on Global Environmental Issues

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   ASEAN FACTS AND FIGURES

 

 Participation in Multilateral Environmental Agreements (ratified or acceded)

  ASEAN Member States

  Vienna Convention

:

 100%

  Montreal Protocol

:  100%

  UNFCCC

:  100%

  Kyoto Protocol

:  100%

  Convention on Biological Diversity

:

 100%

  Stockholm Convention

:

 100%

  Cartagena Protocol

 100%

  Basel Convention

:  100%

  Ramsar Convention

:  100%

  Rotterdam Convention

:  100%

 

  1. ASEAN continues to be actively engaged in addressing global environmental issues in accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. AMS have shown full commitment to major multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) with 100 percent ratification, while the more recent MEAs have high rates of ratification.

  2. AMS have already met their commitments to most of the relevant conventions. For example, all AMS have significantly reduced the use of ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons to less than 1,000 tonnes per year since 2006 from as high as 9,000 tonnes in 1995. Many AMS are also several years ahead of internationally agreed deadlines to end the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances. In terms of carbon dioxide emissions, the region has much lower emission rates than Europe, North America, and Middle East and North Africa.

  3. Most AMS have set up high-level institutional frameworks and developed strategies/action plans to fulfil their obligations towards addressing climate change. As of September 2009, 170 Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in AMS have been registered with the CDM Executive Board.

  4. Regional cooperation among AMS in promoting capacity building, sharing experiences and best practices, and acting collectively to implement the MEAs have helped AMS to build confidence and synergise their efforts to contribute effectively to addressing global environmental issues. These activities are carried out under the purview of the ASEAN Working Group on Multilateral Environmental Agreements.

  5. The activities of AWGMEA are guided by the ASCC Blueprint in the ASEAN Roadmap towards an ASEAN Community (2009 – 2015).

     

     

    D1. Addressing global environmental issues

     
    1. Intensify regional cooperation to enhance and strengthen national and regional capacities to address issues and commitments to relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) through regional research, promoting awareness, capacity building programmes and informed policy choices;

    2. Promote synergies in the implementation of related MEAs through strengthening of regional cooperation to address measures related to the thematic clusters of MEAs on atmospheric issues such as climate change and ozone depleting substances, and MEAs on chemicals and chemical wastes;

    3. Promote ASEAN common understanding/common position on relevant MEAs; and

    4. Adopt a holistic approach in fostering regional cooperation on environmental issues, with the participation of all relevant stakeholders including business, academics, NGOs and civil society organisations.

     

     

    D2.2. Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes

     
    1. Enhance regional coordination and exchange of information, experience and expertise in hazardous waste management;

    2. Optimise the existence of Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for Southeast Asia (BCRC-SEA) and the role of its Steering Committee in providing regional services of technology transfer and capacity building of hazardous waste management; and

    3. Establish effective and fully functioning regional mechanisms to address transboundary hazardous wastes, including illegal traffic of hazardous wastes, in line with the Basel Convention Procedures and Modalities.

       

  6. To intensify its work, the AWGMEA in 2006 formed two technical clusters, i.e. the Atmosphere Cluster and the Chemical Cluster. The Clusters serve as the platform for the AMS to discuss further and exchange views on technical matters and to provide recommendations as necessary to the AWGMEA.

 

 

 


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