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ASEAN calls on first world countries to fulfill commitment on climate change adaptation

by UNTV NEWS   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his opening remarks during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit plenary at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017, declares that the plenary session will be the avenue for them to continue their discussions on how to further consolidate their efforts and shared aspirations toward an ASEAN Community that is rules-based, people-oriented, and people-centered. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reiterated the role of first world countries in mitigating the impact of climate change and how countries severely affected by the global phenomena can adapt to its effects.

During the 31st ASEAN Summit, the regional bloc issued a joint statement calling upon developed countries to “honor and fulfill their existing mitigation commitments.”

Geri-Geronimo Sanchez, the chief of the Hazardous Waste Management section of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said part of the joint statement will be read in the ongoing 23rd session of the conference of parties in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany.

The commitment includes financial support amounting to US $100 billion annually under the convention.

In a joint statement, ASEAN member-states said climate change policies must strengthen the ASEAN rapid response capacity on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction under the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response.

The regional bloc also urged developed countries to provide means of implementation in order to enhance sustainable management as well as conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem and landscapes.

It also calls on the parties to enhance support for the ongoing efforts on promoting low carbon and climate resilient ASEAN cities. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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ASEAN ‘concerned’ over US-China trade rift – PM Lee

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2018


ASEAN leaders at the opening ceremony of the 32nd ASEAN Summit (L-R): Tun Musa Hitam (Malaysia), U Win Myint (Myanmar), Rodrigo Roa Duterte (Philippines), Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Vietnam), Lee Hsien Loong (Singapore), Prayut Chan-o-cha (Thailand), Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (Brunei), Samdech Hun Sen (Cambodia), Joko Widodo (Indonesia), Thongloun Sisoulith (Laos) (Courtesy of ASEAN2018 Organizing Committee)

SINGAPORE – The 32nd ASEAN Summit concluded Saturday in Singapore with Southeast Asian leaders reaffirming cooperation on trade and regional peace.

However, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the leaders of the 10-member bloc have expressed pressing concerns for Southeast Asia about a looming trade war between the United States and China that could put the region’s economic growth at risk.

“We discussed the matters relating to the South China Sea and took note of the concerns expressed by some leaders on the land reclamations and activities in the area, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security, and stability in the region”, the leaders said, in the ASEAN Chairman’s Statement issued Saturday.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has threatened to impose tariffs on Chinese imports and China vowed to retaliate.

“We reaffirmed the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities and avoid actions that may further complicate the situation, and pursue peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law,” said Lee.

Also in his chairman’s statement, Prime Minister Lee said ASEAN is working to devise a Model ASEAN Extradition Treaty (MAET) that is now in its final stage. The regional bloc is also negotiating a code of conduct with China to ease the tension in the South China Sea.

ASEAN leaders vow to use technology to improve the lives and means of livelihood of the people across major cities in all member nations.

Mr. Lee, in the Chairman’s statement, said, “The 10 of us need to work together, align our different political and economic interests, and strengthen our efforts to build a coherent and effective ASEAN community.” – Marje Pelayo |UNTV News & Rescue

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ASEAN Single Window: Key to a strong regional trade

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

ASEAN trade ministers


SINGAPORE – The Philippines is likely to join this year the so-called “ASEAN Single Window” as it participates in the 16th ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Council Meeting on Thursday, April 26.

The ASEAN Single Window (ASW) is an online platform that expedites cargo clearance process, reduce cost and time of doing business, and enhance trade efficiency and competitiveness.

In his opening remarks, Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry and the AEC Chairman Lim Hng Kiang said it is expected that once fully established, ASW “would reduce transaction costs for businesses and better facilitate the clearance of goods within ASEAN.”

ASW is now operational among five member states – Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Other five members are expected to follow through. The Philippines, at present, is still on a pilot testing of its National Single Window (NSW) program.

Mr. Lim also stressed on other important agenda on the two-day Summit in terms of trade and business. Aside from ASW, he also mentioned ASEAN’s Declaration on Cruise Tourism on which ASEAN “committed to transforming Southeast Asia into a vibrant cruising destination via infrastructure development and improved on-shore activities” emphasizing on the creation of a regional cruise hub.

Mr. Lim is positive that with the member states’ commitment and collective efforts, “ASEAN remains on the trajectory to closer economic integration and sustained, long-term growth.”

Representing the Philippines in the 16th ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Council Meeting is Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez. – Maila Guevarra / Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue


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Singapore to promote “smart cities” in 32nd ASEAN Summit

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong


SINGAPORE – Regional leaders will gather beginning tomorrow until April 28 for the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit chaired this year by Singapore .

The nine other heads of member states, including Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, are expected to arrive today for the three-day Summit.

As this year’s chairman, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is keen on promoting the network of “smart cities” across ASEAN and also to boost cyber security in the region on which all members are expected to agree.

Tomorrow, April 26, representatives of the 10 member states will gather for the 16th ASEAN Economic Community Council Meeting to be led by Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang.

Meanwhile, Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph Del Mar Yap is proud of the strong relationship between the Philippines and Singapore, the latter being the former’s biggest trading partner among other regional members.

“Singapore is actually the biggest source of investment for the Philippines in terms of the ASEAN region so we receive the most amount of investment from them and most of these investments are in fact done through joint ventures,” Ambassador Del Mar said.

Del Mar added that the joint venture between the Philippines and Singaporean companies is “a result of working closely together” as both sides are learning from each other in terms of trade and business.

In line with the Summit, Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs has declared the Summit venues “The Istana” and the Shangri-La Hotel as “special zones” where enhanced security measures are being imposed, as stated under Public Order Act.

The Istana estate is the official residence of the President of Singapore and also the working office of the Prime Minister. – Maila Guevarra/Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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