Message from the EU Head of Delegation
Friendly relations between the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations spans some 30 years since informal relations started in 1972. Since then, several financing and technical assistance agreements, on trade, environment, or rural development issues, have been signed between the European Commission and ASEAN, as well as between the European Commission and individual ASEAN Member Nations.
The Philippines-based ASEAN Regional Centre for Biodiversity Conservation (ARCBC) is among the more recent partnerships to help ASEAN countries in protecting and conserving biodiversity. We are aware that the ASEAN Member Nations and the Southeast Asian region have one of the largest areas of tropical rainforest, home to almost half of the world's diverse plant and animals. These are wanting of immediate protection.
The ARCBC has a most challenging role of intensifying biodiversity conservation in a regional context, by helping to establish a regional network of institutional links among ASEAN countries and between ASEAN and EU partner organizations. We are glad that Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are actively participating in all efforts of the ARCBC to attain its goals. We encourage each participating country to continue its commitment to support and help regional and world-wide efforts to conserve biodiversity and protect the environment as a whole.
The European Union assures its continuous support to the ARCBC as well as to ASEAN and its Member Nations.
Head of Delegation Delegation of the
European Commission in the Philippines