Ministers and representatives responsible for natural resources, environment and marine affairs from the ASEAN Member States underscored their great concerns on the high levels of marine plastic debris in the region, and its potential negative impacts on marine biodiversity, environment, health, society, and economy. The Ministers highlighted the common aspiration of ASEAN Member States to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.
This was among the matters stated during the Special ASEAN Ministerail Meeting on Marine Debris which took place in Bangkok, Thailand. Representing His Majesty's government at the meeting was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Development.
The Ministers exchanged views on the status and initiatives of ASEAN Member States on marine debris pollution at the national, regional, and global levels. The meeting also recognised ASEAN Member States that have taken efforts to develop policies to combat marine debris, and emphasised the need to enhance these efforts, including at the regional level through ASEAN-led mechanisms, including at East Asia Summit (EAS).
At the meeting, the ministers agreed to forward the Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in ASEAN Region for consideration and adoption by the ASEAN Leaders at the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. The Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in the ASEAN Region reaffirms ASEAN's commitment to conserve the marine environment and strengthen regional cooperation in addressing marine debris issues.
The meeting was an initiative of Thailand, as the Chair of ASEAN in 2019, to provide ASEAN with a platform to explore and pursue concrete actions on combating marine debris and strengthen collaboration between ASEAN and supportive partners to address marine debris issues in the region effectively.
Source: Radio Television Brunei