ASEAN Senior Officials on the Environment (ASOEN) wrapped up their 25th meeting in the Lao capital city of Vientiane on August 28.

The three-day event allowed the officials to review ASEAN environment ministerial meetings in the past year and listen to proposals of ASOEN working groups on climate change, marine and coastal environment, education on environment and natural conservation and bio-diversity.

They were reported on the management of water sources and ASEAN cooperation in environmental technology and sustainable consumption and production.

They urged Cambodia and Indonesia to speed up the ratification of an agreement on the establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity.

The officials listened to the results of cooperation between the group and its dialogue partners like Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Russia and the US.

Apart from that, they discussed issues in regards to the ASEAN Socio-Culture Community and the post-2015 ASEAN Community.

The meeting’s outcomes will be submitted to the 15th informal meeting of ASEAN environment ministers scheduled for October 27-31.-VNA