Asean discusses environment in Siem Reap

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth urged Asean countries to cooperate in addressing illegal trans-boundary flows of waste that have affected the region in recent months.

Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth on Tuesday urged
Asean countries to cooperate in addressing illegal trans-boundary flows
of waste that have affected the region in recent months.

Speaking at the 15th Asean Ministerial Meeting on the Environment on
Tuesday in Siem Reap province, Pornmoniroth said: “This is a threat to
our ecosystems, to our health, to the well-being of our people as well
as tourism in our countries.

“We need better information-sharing, cooperation among our
enforcement agencies and partnerships with countries of origin to stop
these illegal flows of waste at their respective sources.”

Pornmoniroth, who is also the deputy prime minister, called on the
Asean Working Group on Chemicals and Waste to prioritise this issue and
suggested concrete steps in the near future to tackle this common issue
in a collective and collaborative manner.

Cambodia is hosting the 15th Asean Ministerial Meeting on the
Environment and related meetings from Monday to Friday in the province.

Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra told The Post that
the meeting on Monday had focused on the preparation of documents to be
presented at the meeting on Tuesday, which was the formal meeting of
regional environment ministers.

The three main documents were a joint Asean statement on climate
change; a draft on Asean environmental strategies; and a review on
proposals by three countries — Vietnam, Thailand and Burma — to jointly
set up Asean heritage parks.

“Cambodia also took part in sharing experience. All the work,
especially the three documents, will be submitted for approval by the
environment ministers involved in the meeting on October 8 [Tuesday],”
Pheaktra said.

Minister of Environment Say Samal said on Tuesday that Asean had made
efforts to promote environmental cooperation among the member states,
as well as to enhance cooperation and strengthen relationships with
dialogue partners and international development partners.

Asean, Samal said, had made remarkable achievements over the past
years in addressing environmental issues, and promoting environment
cooperation under the Asean framework to realise the Asean Community
Vision 2025 and Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs).

“We will continue to further discuss, exchange ideas and review
regional cooperation on numbers of environmental issues, in particular
measures concerning the environmental sustainability under the ASEAN
Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint.

“This is to achieve the objectives of the Seven Key Strategic
Priorities on Environment, and to seek new initiatives to further
promote environmental cooperation in the region,” said Samal.

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