BEIJING, 24 May 2011 – ASEAN and China celebrated the official inauguration of the China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Centre (CAEC) in Beijing, People’s Republic of China on 24 May 2011. The Centre was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Zhou Shengxian, Minister of Environmental Protection of China. In his Remarks, H.E. Mr. Zhou Shengxian said, “The inauguration of the China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Centre at this historic moment is of significance for both sides to deepen cooperation. I do wish that the Centre will contribute to environmental cooperation between China and ASEAN by playing a role as a window, a bridge and as a platform.”

H.E. Dato’ Misran Karmain, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, in his Remarks, said that the establishment of the Centre is considered as the most significant milestone in the history of ASEAN-China environmental cooperation. On behalf of ASEAN member states, he acknowledged with gratitude the strong commitment and contribution shown by the Government of China in making the Centre possible. He further highlighted the significant role of this dedicated Centre in strengthening existing substantive collaboration between China and ASEAN and contributing to environmental sustainability in the region.

The China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Centre was established following the adoption of the China-ASEAN Strategy on Environmental Protection Cooperation 2009-2015 in 2009, as a result of an initiative of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the 11th China-ASEAN Summit in 2007. The Centre is the major implementing institution of the Strategy, which serves as a useful guiding document in ensuring a coordinated and phased approach in promoting ASEAN-China environmental cooperation. The Centre provides a renewed impetus for ASEAN and China to work towards strengthening existing cooperation on (i) public awareness and environmental education, (ii) environmentally sound technologies, (iii) environmental labelling and cleaner production; and in new areas such as (i) biodiversity conservation, (ii) environmental management capacity building, (iii) environmental goods and services, and (iv) global environmental issues.

Since its pilot operational phase from 2010, the Centre has successfully organized the ASEAN-China Seminar on Green Industry Development and Cooperation in November 2010, and the ASEAN-China Workshop on Environmental Enforcement in March 2011.

The Inauguration Ceremony was followed by an exhibition on ASEAN-China Environmental Cooperation.

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