Association of ​Southeast Asian Nations

Brunei Darussalam's Regional Commitment under ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change (AWGCC)

  1. BCCS is the national focal point for ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change (AWGCC). This working group reports to the ASEAN Senior Official on Environment (ASOEN). The ASOEN reports to the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment. The Minister in—charge of environment is YB Minister of Development.

  2. AWGCC is guided by the AWGCC Action Plan 2020—2025 that comprises of priority actions until 2025. The AWGCC Action Plan are divided into the following eight core themes:

    1. Climate Change Adaptation
    2. Long-Term Planning and Assessment of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
    3. Climate Change Mitigation
    4. Climate Modelling and Assessment
    5. Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) and Stocktake of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    6. Climate Financing and Market
    7. Cross-Sectoral Coordination
    8. Technology Transfer
  3. Brunei Darussalam is co—leading one project under core theme No.6 Climate Financing and Market of the AWGCC Action Plan: Develop and implement ASEAN Climate Finance ​Strategy, together with the Philippines and in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — Regional Collaboration Center. This project aims to facilitate the development of climate finance strategy in order to enhance access and mobilisation finance and to catalyse climate finance and investment for the implementation of priority climate mitigation and adaptation actions.


    During Brunei Darussalam’s ASEAN Chairmanship last year, one of its initiatives was the establishment of an ASEAN Centre for Climate Change. As reflected in the Chairman’s Statement of the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits on 26 October 2021, ASEAN Member States (AMS) supported in principle the establishment of an ASEAN Climate Change Centre (ACCC) in Brunei Darussalam, that will function as an inter-governmental centre for climate change coordination and cooperation among AMS to realise a climate-resilient and low-carbon ASEAN.

    The ACCC is envisaged to act as:

    1. A Regional Centre for Excellence and think-tank in generating analyses and insights which leads to innovative solutions and policy-recommendations to ASEAN’s climate challenges;
    2. The Central knowledge hub for ASEAN climate data, statistics and best-practices;
    3. T​he Strategic coordinator of climate action initiatives and activities within ASEAN, relevant ASEAN Centres, and with Dialogue Partners, Sectoral Dialogue Partners, Development Partners and Other External Partners includingInternational Organisations, funding agencies and other public and private sources.

    Brunei has garnered several interests from dialogue partners to support the establishment of the ACCC. By the end of June 2022, New Zealand had provided monetary support of NZD $500,000 for the centre. US Embassy is providing in-kind support to BCCS via an Expert Science Fellow, Mr. Kyle Pfeiffer, Interim Director of the Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory’s Centre for Climate Resilience and Decision Science to assist BCCS in the groundwork for setting up the ACCC. Mr. Kyle Pfeiffer was physically stationed in Brunei from 25 July – 2 August 2022.