South East Asian nations meet on reforms to international environmental governance

Office of the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, Malaysia, and the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)

12 July 2011

Zakri Abdul Hamid

Amid growing concerns about the inadequacy of today’s inter-governmental structures for effective global environmental co-operation, member states of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will convene in Kuala Lumpur July 14-15 to recommend needed reforms.

Convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the ASEAN Secretariat, Office of the Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Centre for Global Sustainability Studies at Universiti Sains Malaysia (CGSS@USM), the deliberations form part of preparations for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20,” 4-6 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

Says Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia: “ASEAN countries increasingly recognize that their medium to long-term economic interests will be jeopardized unless environmental protection is linked with economic development. A green economy, however, relies on a functioning governance framework.

“The international environmental governance framework currently in place no longer serves the interests of governments.”

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