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ASEAN Tourism Ministers Call for Climate Change Workplan

17 January 2010: The 14th meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Ministers was held on 17 January 2011, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in conjunction with the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2011.

To further strengthen ASEAN cooperation to effectively respond to climate change, especially on mitigation, adaptation and capacity building in areas of mutual interests such as sustainable development, environmental protection and water resource management, the Ministers agreed on the need for ASEAN tourism to develop its strategic actions to enhance the ability of this sector to address climate change. Ministers welcomed the outcomes of the Workshop on Developing the Framework of ASEAN Tourism Standards in Responding to Climate Change, held on 5-7 October 2010, in Bali, Indonesia, and requested the preparation of a work plan on ASEAN tourism activities to contribute to climate change reduction initiatives.

The ASEAN Tourism Forum 2012 will convene in Manado, Indonesia, from 9-15 January 2012, under the theme “ASEAN Tourism for a Global Community of Nations.” [ASEAN Press Release]