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ASEAN Ministers Agree to Focus on Climate Change, Energy and Food Security

 Joint Communique of the 41st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting 21 July: In a Joint Communiqué adopted during the forty-first Association

of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting, which took place from

20-21 July 2008, in Singapore, Ministers addressed the issues of climate

change, the food and energy crises, and disaster relief.

The meeting, held under the theme “One ASEAN at the Heart of Dynamic Asia,” was chaired by George Yeo,

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore and Chair of the forty-first ASEAN Standing Committee.

In the Communiqué, Ministers underscored the importance of the ASEAN

Socio-Cultural Community in working towards improving the well-being of its

peoples through, inter alia,

enhancing food security and safety, protecting the environment, and increasing people's

resilience to disasters. Ministers also stressed the need for a comprehensive

response to the issues of energy security, sustainable agriculture and

environmental protection, and welcomed the follow-up efforts of the relevant

ASEAN Sectoral Bodies to the Leaders' discussions at the thirteenth ASEAN

Summit and related meetings on the theme of “Energy, Environment, Climate Change

and Sustainable Development.”

On foreign relations, Ministers agreed that their

cooperation with partners should focus on energy and food security, sustainable

forest management and climate change, and disaster relief and response. On

food and energy security, Ministers highlighted that the surge in food and oil

prices threatens welfare and economic development, and called for: regional

and international efforts to ensure the efficient functioning of market forces;

long-term agricultural solutions; and the elimination of price-distorting

export subsidies and other protectionist measures. [Joint Communiqué of the 41st ASEAN

Ministerial Meeting]