Malaysian climate negotiator reads AFAB Policy Brief
The ASEAN for a Fair Ambitious and Binding Global Climate Deal (AFAB) coalition of Oxfam and Greenpeace presented the 2015 Challenge to Mr. Gary Theseira climate change negotiator from Malaysia, and to negotiators from other countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The 2015 Challenge highlights the need for ASEAN to begin implementing region-wide responses to climate change, including adopting regional policies aimed at building peoples’ resilience to changing climate patterns.
It also called on ASEAN to encourage its Members towards low carbon development paths through the promotion of renewable energy, as the regional bloc moves towards its goal of building a common regional economic community by 2015.
The paper emphasized the need for ASEAN to play a greater role in the pushing for a fair, ambitious and binding global climate deal.
The 2015 was written by former Philippine Permanent Representative to ASEAN, Dr. Orlando Mercado.
The 2015 Climate Challenge
Orlando Mercado PhD
Currently Secretary General, Eastern Regional Organisation for Public Administration (EROPA)
First Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN (2009-2010)
By 2015, two goals are set to be achieved by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). One is the creation of a fully integrated regional common market. The other is for it and all parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to clinch a new climate deal. Although these tasks seem to be unrelated, they are inextricably linked.
Commentary/Contribution by Zelda DT Soriano & Norly Grace P. Mercado
also published in The Nation on May 1, 2013
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