ASEAN Reiterates Commitment to Biodiversity Conservation at World Biodiversity Conference

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(Pyeongchang, ROK, October 17) – The environment ministers of the ten ASEAN Member States reiterated their countries’ commitment to biodiversity conservation in a statement read at the ongoing Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The statement was read by Dr. Thet Thet Zin, Deputy Union Minister, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

In reiterating ASEAN’s commitment to biodiversity conservation, the Ministers recognized the important role of ASEAN’s rich biological diversity in enhancing the region’s economic, political and socio-cultural well-being; recalled that Parties have committed to the implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Targets; and noted the essential role of biodiversity for sustainable development in the development of Sustainable Development Goals. They reaffirmed the significant role of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity in facilitating cooperation and coordination among the members of ASEAN, and with relevant national governments, regional and international organizations, to implement the three objectives of the CBD in the ASEAN region.

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