Consumers in South East Asia want businesses to address climate change concerns, reflect their values, and speak out on social issues.
“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.
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.
Billions of dollars are still needed to develop the energy sector in order to boost exports At present, Laos has 86 sources of energy with a combined installed capacity of more than 10,400MW, of which more than 80 per cent is sourced from hydropower dams.
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.
According to a statement from the Australian Embassy in Cambodia said the MAP provides support to the five countries in the Mekong subregion to strengthen economic recovery, environmental resilience, and human capacity, with a particular focus on bridging the development gap between Asean member states.
Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, and Ho Chi Minh City are all at sea level. Indeed parts of all four cities are below sea level, and all them are sinking because of the depletion of their aquifers. All four of these megacities experience mass flooding for longer periods of time each year. Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, has also been stricken with record flooding during the past week.