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Countries to cooperate more on climate change and urbanisation issues

Published on Jun 1, 2014 9:30 PM
 
Smoke rises from a chimney of a steel plant next to residential buildings on a hazy day in Fengnan district of Tangshan, Hebei province in this on Feb 18, 2014, file photo. EVIDENCE is growing that climate change causes extreme weather and can affect food supplies. And rapid urbanisation can affect the liveability of countries. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - EVIDENCE is growing that climate change causes extreme weather and can affect food supplies. And rapid urbanisation can affect the liveability of countries.

This is why Hong Kong and six nations - Brunei, China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore - yesterday pledged to expand cooperation and share experience on these issues, among others.

Ministers and senior officials, who gathered at the World Cities Summit for the 10th Ministers' Forum on Infrastructure Development in the Asia-Pacific Region, added in their joint declaration that more "smart city" technologies could be used to run cities better, and improve the lives of residents.

Citing the 2011 tsunami that struck Japan, and last year's deadly Typhoon Haiyan, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan told the forum that the effects of climate change "have manifested themselves more than ever".

 
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