HUA HIN, - Head of state and head of government of member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) together sounds related to climate change. Director General for ASEAN Affairs Department Djauhari Oratmangun met on the sidelines of the event series of the ASEAN Summit to 15 in Hua Hin, Thailand, Saturday (24/10) night said the attitude of unity of ASEAN leaders have poured in "Joint Statement".

In a joint statement, the ASEAN countries appealed to the Annex 1 countries to immediately reduce sharply the greenhouse gas emissions. Djauhari tells us that in this climate change issue, developed countries must participate in efforts to reduce carbon emissions, as well as for developing countries. In addition, ASEAN has also called on countries in the region to maintain the beach and sea from damage due to the negative effects of climate change.

To succeed the Climate Conference in Copenhagen next November, ASEAN countries have also committed more strengthen cooperation between countries members and partner countries. According Djauhari, follow up on this joint statement, Minister of Environment of the member countries of ASEAN to address environmental problems. "They will meet in December this year in Singapore," he said.

In addition to the level discussed in the meeting of heads of state or government of ASEAN countries, the problem of climate change is also discussed in the meeting of ASEAN with the Republic of Korea in the ASEAN summit to 15. In a meeting with the ASEAN countries, the South Korean government declared allocated 100 million U.S. dollars to support the ASEAN deal with climate change. The funds will also be used for clean water management.

Meanwhile, environmental activist organization Greenpeace Southeast Asia ASEAN leaders to ask for more attention to the problem of climate change. According to the Campaign Manager of Greenpeace Southeast Asia Tara Buakamsri, ASEAN has felt the population consequences of climate change.

According to him, the countries of ASEAN have committed to stop the deforestation and implement low-carbon development, and implement the agreement in Copenhagen conference which will be held at the end of 2009 this year.


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