Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution

Haze forces 64,000 into hospitals in the North

Date of Release: 
Mar 22 2016

Dr Suraphan Sangsawang, acting director of the Regional Health Promotion Centre 10 Chiang Mai, said reports from 90 hospitals in the area showed that the number of patients with coronary artery and respiratory diseases had increased dramatically as the region's haze worsened last week.

Suraphan said Chiang Mai had the highest number of patients at 17,359, followed by Chiang Rai at 11,779 and Lampang at 10,228.

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Asean steps up efforts to counter haze

Date of Release: 
Nov 3 2015

ASEAN countries have agreed to draw up a plan to eliminate haze in the region by 2020.

A top official at the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry disclosed the results yesterday of a recent meeting in Hanoi that led to the 11th Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution. Asean countries have agreed to work in both bilateral and multilateral forums to reduce the haze problem as much as possible over the next five years.

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ASEAN ministers express concern over 'unprecendented severity' of haze

Date of Release: 
Oct 29 2015

SINGAPORE: Environment Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states on Thursday (Oct 29) expressed their concern over the "unprecedented severity and geographical spread" of the recent smoke haze affecting the region, and expressed sympathy to the millions of people affected by the haze.

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‘A historic step to tackle haze’

Date of Release: 
Sep 9 2015

The Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution is now ratified by all member states with Indonesia on board

With Indo­nesia now on board – the last country to do so – the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution has now been ratified by all the member states.

This marks a historic step in the collective efforts by member nations to tackle the annual smog.

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said the ratification of the agreement was an “absolute necessity” and part of the Asean goal of promoting the right to clean air for member states.

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