ASEAN countries urged to combat climate change

The severe flooding in Jakarta shows the need for Asean nations to work together to protect the environment and prepare for such disasters, especially in the face of climate change, says the group’s new Secretary-General, Mr Le Luong Minh.

“How to overcome the effects of climate change and the issue of environmental protection are always high on the Asean agenda,” he said, in an interview at his office in the Asean Secretariat in Jakarta yesterday, noting that many Asean countries are prone to climate-change effects of extreme weather.

The Jakarta disaster comes just 10 days after the Vietnamese diplomat took over as Asean Secretary-General from Dr Surin Pitsuwan, a former foreign minister of Thailand.

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