Enhancing children’s rights to a safe climate, clean air and a healthy environment free from all types of pollution

“This groundbreaking initiative is the first of its kind, anywhere in the world, to provide guidance on advancing and protecting children’s rights to a healthy environment,” said Cynthia Veliko, the UN Human Rights South-East Asia Regional Representative in Bangkok. “Ensuring these fundamental rights is not just a commitment to a healthier future for the world’s children, but to a more sustainable future for our planet and future generations. We hope the Principles and Policy Guidance will be used as a basis for an expanded ASEAN commitment to children’s rights to a healthy environment in the region,” Veliko said.

China’s no bully, Xi tells bloc

Thailand supports China’s continued and constructive role in narrowing development gaps both in Asean and the sub-regions, particularly the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation framework, under which Thailand will assume co-chairmanship with China in 2022, and the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy, of which China is one of the key Development Partners.

Indo-Pacific Strategy and China’s BRI to complement regional prosperity

Under the umbrella of its Indo-Pacific Strategy, he added the US is guiding its alliances to contain or encircle China. For its part, China has deepened engagement with the ASEAN states through the BRI, the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB), and the creation of the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Mechanism and so on and so forth”, said Kin Phea, International Relations Institute of Cambodia director-general.