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Social welfare (and climate change?)

January 11, 2010

Meetings on social welfare

 By Reico Wong first published by The Straits Times online

SENIOR officials from Asean and three East Asian countries will gather in Singapore for three-day meetings this week to discuss social welfare and development trends in the region.

Singapore will host the meetings from Tuesday, which will be attended by more than 50 delegates from the 10 Asean member states, China, Japan and South Korea.

First held in 2002, senior officials from Asean meet annually to discuss social welfare and development issues in various aspects such as children, family, women, disability and the elderly, as well as to coordinate and implement relevant programmes for region.

Themed ‘Strengthening Social Welfare and Development – Collaborations and Governance’ this year, the meetings will deliberate and share experiences on best practices in social service delivery.

The meeting will be officially opened on Tuesday by Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports. In her opening address, Mrs Yu-Foo is expected to stress the importance of multi-agency collaborations and support among Asean, its partners and the non-government sector to forge a common identity and build a caring and sharing society.

Also to be held on the sidelines of two main meetings is the fourth Asean Government Organisations – Non Government Organisations (GO-NGO) Forum, a platform for exchanges of experiences and discussions by both Asean government officials and representatives from non-governmental organisations on collaborations as well as governance issues to boost social welfare and development. #

Do you think they should at least raise the issue of climate change during these talks? Climate change is already affecting some ASEAN nations and the effects will only become more intense and widespread so why not?

Mel

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