ASEAN capitals sign declaration on sustainable environment
Updated : Monday, July 09, 2018 3:11 PM (GMT+0700)

Leadersfrom ASEAN capitals on July 7 inked a Singapore Declaration on sustainableenvironment during the closing of their two-day meeting held in the islandcountry.

ASEAN city leaders gathered around Ms Low Yen Ling, chairman of the Mayors'
Committee of Singapore, as she signs the Singapore Declaration at the end of the 6th
Meeting of Governors/Mayors of Asean Capitals (MGMAC) at Parliament House on July 7 -
Photo: straitstimes

The 6th Meetingof Governors/Mayors of ASEAN Capitals (MGMAC) was attended by more than 40delegates from 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN). 

The Vietnamese delegationcomprised leaders of Hanoi and Hai Phong cities in the north, Binh Duongprovince in the south and Quang Ngai province from the central region. ViceChairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Van Suu represented thedelegation to sign the Singapore Declaration.

Chaired by SingaporeanChairman of Mayors' Committee Low Yen Ling, the MGMAC programme line-up enabledmayors and governors to discuss liveable and sustainable city challenges withtheir peers and share experiences from what they are doing in their cities.Topics of discussion included integrated solutions for water management,building environmentally friendly cities and the role of smart technology inachieving sustainable development goals.

In a speech before thesigning of the declaration at the Parliament House, Singaporean Minister for Environmentand Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said it is urgent for ASEAN to take actionagainst climate change. 

He cited an assessment byHSBC in March this year which said five out of 10 countries that are mostvulnerable to climate change are in South Asia and Southeast Asia – namelyIndia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Participants agreed that inaddition to efforts of the entire society, ASEAN capitals ought to worktogether to overcome difficulties and foster a united and resilient ASEAN.

During their meeting, ASEANdelegates visited Marina Barrage and Bukit Panjang Community Club, whichachieved a Green Mark Gold Plus certification awarded by the Building andConstruction Authority.

They also met with ForeignAffairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, and paid a courtesy call to Speaker ofParliament Tan Chuan-Jin.

MGMAC was started in 2013 bythen Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo as a platform for mayors and governors todiscuss topics relating to the development of their capital cities, and tostrengthen links between them. This year, Singapore hosted the event as aprecursor to the World Cities Summit, which runs between July 8 and 12.


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