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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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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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Bigger wildfires seen to hit California due to climate change

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

 

With Thomas wildfire flames burning behind it, a Christmas Tree stands as a lone sentinel in the front yard of an evacuated home in this social media photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department in Carpinteria, California, U.S. on December 11, 2017. Courtesy Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS

The Center for Climate Science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has warned of larger and more destructive wildfires to hit the state in the coming years due to climate change.

A bio-science journal in February revealed that the continuing increase of tree mortality rates in California could cause mass fires on the same scale as the “Ventura Fire” in 2017 which is considered as the largest wildfire ever recorded in the state’s history so far.

According to environmental group, Sierra Club, record shows that since 2014, a total of 129 million trees have died across 8.9 million acres of what used to be lush, green forest.

Environmentalists blame the phenomenon on effects of climate change; unusual high temperatures; years of severe drought and overgrowth of plants due to fire suppression in previous wildfires.

Though the state government is now working on removing the dead trees from forest lands to prevent more wild fires, authorities remind residents to be vigilant and to help with the removal of dead trees in their areas.

However, some residents are complaining against the high cost of these efforts which could reach USD1,000 in professional fees.  — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Duterte to attend 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Philippine National Police (PNP) Change of Command Ceremony at Camp BGen. Rafael Crame in Quezon City on April 19, 2018, reassures the entire police force that his administration will continue to enhance their capabilities, modernize their equipment, promote their welfare and take care of their families. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to attend the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore next week.

Singapore is this year’s ASEAN chair led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The event, which will be held from April 25 -28, will bring together leaders of the ASEAN member states to discuss various regional and international issues. — UNTV News & Rescue

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