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Photo taken on Nov. 19, 2022 shows Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at a press conference after the conclusion of the 29th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.

APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting concludes with adoption of declaration, Bangkok Goals

BANGKOK (Xinhua) -- Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies issued a declaration and endorsed an outcome document on Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy on Saturday.
The declaration, adopted after the two-day 29th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, affirmed APEC leaders’ long-standing commitment to promoting strong, balanced, secure, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as their commitment to realising the APEC Putrajaya Vision of an open, dynamic, resilient and peaceful Asia-Pacific community by 2040.
In the declaration, the leaders said they are determined to uphold and further strengthen the rules-based multilateral trading system. They welcomed progress this year in advancing the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), and will continue to build on this momentum towards high-quality and comprehensive regional undertakings through the FTAAP Agenda Work Plan.
Member economies will continue to promote efforts to strengthen APEC’s leadership, standing as the premier economic forum of the Asia-Pacific, as well as a modern, efficient and effective incubator of ideas. APEC’s cooperation will contribute to practical solutions for common challenges and complement global efforts including the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the declaration said.
The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing an open and interconnected Asia-Pacific region, including through the implementation of the APEC Connectivity Blueprint (2015-2025).
They also pledged to strengthen physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity as well as take advantage of digital connectivity, and intensify efforts to promote regional, sub-regional and remote area connectivity through quality infrastructure development and investment.
The leaders said they will accelerate the implementation of the APEC Internet and Digital Economy Roadmap (AIDER) to harness new and emerging technologies and the full potential of the society as well as create an enabling, inclusive, open, fair and non-discriminatory digital ecosystem for businesses and consumers.
Member economies endorsed the Bangkok Goals on the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy as a comprehensive framework to further APEC’s sustainability objectives, saying they will advance the Bangkok Goals in a bold, responsive and comprehensive manner, building upon existing commitments and workstreams as well as considering new aspirational ones, the declaration said.
By adopting the Bangkok Goals, APEC moves forward with outlining how to achieve its comprehensive and ambitious sustainability and inclusion objectives, while reinforcing and contributing to ongoing global actions, according to the outcome document of Bangkok Goals on BCG Economy.
APEC will marshal existing targets and workstreams in conjunction with the goals, key areas and aspirational targets including addressing all environmental challenges, progressing sustainable and inclusive trade and investment, promoting environmental conservation, sustainable use and management of natural resources, and advancing resource efficiency and sustainable waste management towards zero waste, the document said.


(Latest Update November 21, 2022)

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