SINGAPORE, Oct. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- The third ASEAN Plus Three environment
ministers meeting ended here on Thursday with the participants stressing the
need to enhance cooperation through more substantial environmental programs and
"The ministers recognized the synergy of the environmental
cooperation among ASEAN Plus Three countries and noted the need to enhance
cooperation through more substantial environmental programs and activities," the
ministers said in a joint statement.
The ministers from the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their counterparts from China, South Korea and Japan
held fruitful discussions, and they shared and exchanged information on national
and regional cooperation among ASEAN and the Plus Three countries.
The ASEAN ministers expressed appreciation on the current substantial
cooperative activities, especially on the consultationvisits organized by the
Plus Three countries to share their experience on environmental management with
the ASEAN countries, the ministers said.
The ASEAN ministers endorsed the ASEAN Agreement on the Establishment of
the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, and supported the establishment of the ASEAN
At the 8th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting of the Environment here on
Wednesday, the ASEAN ministers discussed, among other issues, the implementation
of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution that came into force in
In a related development, a two-day conference on environmentally
sustainable cities in ASEAN opened here on Thursday with the participation of
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