Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pres. Aquino: ASEAN looks to Korea’s support for regional stability, prosperity

President Benigno S. Aquino III has recognized the importance of boosting the partnership between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Republic of Korea during their 17th summit, held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“The partnership between ASEAN and the Republic of Korea spans almost a generation. As we strengthen our relations even further, we also look to Korea’s sustained and enhanced support for stability, resilience, and prosperity within the region,” President Aquino said in his intervention speech.

President Aquino expressed his gratitude to President Park Geun-hye for the “excellent hosting” of the 25th Commemorative Summit of ASEAN and the Republic of Korea last December.

“As demonstrated in that Summit, and in the various engagements between us, President Park and the people of Korea have stood as solid partners not only to the Philippines, but to all our brothers in ASEAN,” the President said.

President Aquino further acknowledged the effort of Korea in developing techniques and models to help address climate risk.

“As partners and neighboring countries, we have oftentimes found ourselves on the same side of many common concerns. I believe that, as nations sharing a single world, we all have a stake in addressing climate risk. I am thus reminded of what President Park shared with us during our meeting in Busan: climate change should be viewed both as a burden and an opportunity, particularly in developing new technologies and models. To my mind, applying such a philosophy further enables my people to build back better after disasters, and thus end the vicious cycle of devastation and reconstruction,” he said.

“As we climate-proof our path to development, the Philippines remains optimistic as regards Korea’s plan to develop new strategies, and the best practices that will result from such approaches. These go hand in hand with the efforts undertaken by the Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). By tapping into the GCF, Korea can better support the vital work done by the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, which continues to serve as a platform to better understand the impact of climate risk on our societies,” he said.

The President also assured Korea that the Philippines “will always be a responsible and reliable partner”.

“During our recent hosting of APEC, we said that by building more inclusive economies, we build a better world. I do not think it is an overstatement when I say that such a world is a shared aspiration. As President, I believe this to be an enduring truth, and it speaks of our collective capacity to bring about a better ASEAN, a better Asia, and a better global community,” President Aquino said. (PCOO News Release)

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