ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change (AWGCC)

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The ASEAN Climate Change Partnership Conference is held for the first time by the ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change (AWGCC) in Manila, Philippines, on 26 June 2018. [ASEAN Secretariat]

In 2009, during the 11th ASEAN Ministers Meeting on the Environment, the Singapore Resolution on Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change was adopted. Inter-alia, this created the AWGCC to oversee the implementation of the relevant action lines in the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025. In 2012, the Action Plan on Joint Response to Climate Change that comprises priority actions until 2025 was developed to guide the member states in implementing the Blueprint. Specifically, the AWGCC aims to:
- Enhance regional cooperation and action to address the adverse impacts of climate change and promote cooperation and information sharing with other stakeholders such as the private sector, local communities and regional and international partners;
- Formulate the interests, concerns and priorities of the region through an ASEAN Joint Statement on Climate Change to be articulated at annual UNFCCC COP sessions; and
- Serve as a consultative forum to promote coordination and collaboration among various ASEAN Sectoral Bodies dealing with sectors impacted by climate change such as energy, forestry, agriculture, transportation, science and technology, disaster management.
- Since climate change issues are cross-sectoral in nature, climate change is addressed also by other relevant working groups such as those of agriculture and forestry, energy and transport, and science and technology.
Focal Office:
Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)
2009 - Established
Focal Persons:
Undersecretary for Climate Change Service, Mining Concerns and Attached Agencies, DENR
Tel. No. (632) 928 1208, 926 2672, 929 6626 local 2290, 928 4969, 926 6576

Director, DENR-EMB
Tel. No. (632) 928 3725, 927 1517

DENR Climate Change Service
Tel. No. (632) 928 1194

Chief, Climate Change Division, DENR-EMB
Tel. No. (632) 920 2251
Found in the ASEAN Community Roadmap 2009-2015 including the ASEAN Action Plan on Joint Response to Climate Change (AAP-JRCC), the ASEAN Forging Ahead Together 2025, ASEAN Post-2015 Strategic Plan on Environment (ASPEN), and ASEAN-UN Action Plan on Environment and Climate Change 2016-2020.
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In the 8th AWGCC in Yangon, Myanmar in June 2017, the ASEAN member states agreed that partnerships between cities must be established, i.e., ASEAN primary cities can serve as hubs to support capacity-building for smaller cities. In 2017, during the ASEAN's 50th Anniversary, the Philippines served as ASEAN Chair and hosted the ASEAN summit and several working group meetings. During the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on the Environment (ASOEN) in Manila in July 2017, the AWGCC, chaired by Singapore, presented the drafts of the ASEAN Joint Statement on Climate Change for the UNFCCC COP and the ASEAN-EU Statement on the Paris Agreement: Reaffirming Commitment to Cooperation to Address the Shared Challenge of Climate Change. The latter was adopted at the Post Ministerial Conference (PMC) +1 Session with the European Union (EU) to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations on 6 August 2017 in Manila, Philippines.
The DENR also served as co-chair of the AWGCC in 2017, wherein the group submitted the draft "ASEAN Joint Statement on Climate Change to the 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP23)," to the ASOEN, to the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (AMME), and to the ASEAN Leaders, which led to its adoption in Manila, Philippines on 13 November 2017.
In June 2018, the DENR hosted the 9th AWGCC Meeting and the 1st ASEAN Climate Change Partnership Conference at the ADB Headquarters in Pasig City. This was conducted in coordination with National Environment Agency of Singapore (NEA) as the AWGCC Chair, the ASEAN Secretariat and with support from the ADB and the Hanns Seidel Foundation Indonesia Office. The conference theme, 'Multistakeholder Engagement and Partnerships for a Climate Resilient ASEAN,' recognized the multifaceted climate change issues in ASEAN and served as a venue for exploring cross-sectoral awareness and coordination among ASEAN sectoral bodies and partners in implementing their climate change activities/projects. The meeting provided an opportunity for the adoption of the ASEAN Joint Statement on Climate Change to the 24th Session of the COP to the UNFCCC in Katowice, Poland. The AWGCC meeting also involved discussions on the implementation of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025 and the AWGCC Action Plan.
This Page was updated on 17 December 2019 and will be updated on 10 December 2020
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