ASEAN leaders move to combat marine debris; Bangkok Declaration adopted at the start of talks

Bangkok – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has made a landmark commitment to strengthen efforts to prevent and reduce marine debris during a regional summit here.

At the start of the summit talks, 10 Southeast Asian leaders have adopted the Bangkok Declaration on combating Marine Debris reaffirming the regional bloc’s commitment to conserving the marine environment.

Under the Bangkok declaration, the regional bloc has vowed: “to strengthen actions at the national level as well as through collaborative actions among the ASEAN Member States and partners to prevent and significantly reduce marine debris, particularly from land-based activities, including environmentally sound management.”

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