Group Calls on ASEAN to Transcend Vague Statements on Climate Change

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From WWF-Philippines: The Coalition on ASEAN for a Fair, Ambitious and Binding Climate Deal (A-FAB), composed of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Green Peace and Oxfam called on ASEAN leaders to show their commitment in dealing with the problem of climate change by taking more decisive action and stronger positioning in the coming climate talks in Cancun.

The A-FAB Coalition issued the statement after participating in the ASEAN Pre-Summit Briefing organized by the ASEAN secretariat and Vietnam in cooperation with World Bank and Global Learning Centre. During the Pre-Summit Briefing, the coalition representatives asked ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan how ASEAN can protect its economic development goals in the region from the impact of climate change. It also inquired on the role the regional formation intends to play in the coming UNFCCC negotiations in Cancun.

“Time is of the essence and ASEAN as a bloc needs to act decisively on climate change. As ASEAN Secretary General, Dr. Surin can facilitate the move for ASEAN member States to come together and decide on specific plan of action for the climate talks,” explains WWF-Philippines Climate and Energy Programme Head Atty. Gia Ibay.

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