1. The Ministers responsible for environment from ASEAN Member States or their representatives met on the occasion of the Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change chaired by H.E. Mr. Suwit Khunkitti, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand, in Hua Hin, Thailand on 29th November 2009. The Ministers reflected on the progress of ongoing negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and discussed ASEAN’s common interest and contribution towards ensuring a successful and agreed outcome at Copenhagen from 7-18 December 2009.
2. The Ministers expressed concern over the lack of substantive progress in the negotiations towards a successful outcome in accordance with the Bali Action Plan which was adopted in Bali, Indonesia in 2007. ASEAN reiterates its position that COP15 in Copenhagen should deliver a legally binding agreement in accordance with the Bali Action Plan. However, considering the need for all developed countries to make full commitments, ASEAN can support negotiations towards a politically strong binding accord in Copenhagen, which recognises the need to negotiate and put in place by 2010 a legally binding agreement.
3. The Ministers shared their views on how ASEAN can contribute more actively in the ongoing negotiation process, taking into account the need for immediate and long-term actions to address the severe impacts of climate change.
4. The Ministers exchanged views and recommended ASEAN common understanding on the expectations and commitments from the developed countries in terms of mitigation targets, adaptation, finance, technology transfer and capacity building, and also ASEAN’s initiatives to support the global effort in addressing climate change.
5. The Ministers noted that H.E. Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of Thailand and the Chair of ASEAN, will attend the COP15 in Copenhagen. The Prime Minister has also urged his ASEAN counterparts to attend the Meeting to show collective political will and support. In this connection, the Ministers welcomed Thailand’s effort to coordinate ASEAN delegation meetings during COP15.
6. The Ministers agreed to work closely in addressing climate change, in particular through the ASEAN Climate Change Initiative (ACCI) and the newly established ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change (AWGCC), chaired by Thailand.