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MEDIA RELEASE: Twentieth Meeting of The Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution
date_range5 June, 2018

1 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand.

The Twentieth Meeting of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution (20th MSC) was held on 1 June 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, and attended by Ministers/representatives responsible for the environment, for land, forest fires and haze, from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, and the Secretary-General of ASEAN. The Twentieth Meeting of the Technical Working Group on Transboundary Haze Pollution (20th TWG) preceded the Meeting.

The Ministers noted the ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre's (ASMC's) weather outlook that the dry season in the southern ASEAN region was expected between June and October 2018, during which neither El-Nio nor La-Nia condition was forecast. During the season, occasional dry periods could result in an increase in the risk of hotspot activities in the region. MSC countries pledged to remain vigilant and to monitor and step up their haze preventive efforts to minimise any possible occurrence of transboundary smoke haze during periods of drier weather.

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