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ASEAN Prepares Future Leaders in Disaster Management

on Friday, 31 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 July 2015 –The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre) has officially concluded the second batch of its signature programme – the AHA Centre Executive Programme (ACE Programme) today in Kuala Lumpur. Sixteen disaster management officers from ASEAN Member States' National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs) from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam have successfully completed the six-month training with satisfactory performance.

ASEAN, UK to Deepen Cooperative Relations

on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 28 July 2015 - Prime Minister David Cameron made a historic visit to the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday, pledging to deepen the UK's economic ties with the region.

17th Meeting of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC) on Transboundary Haze Pollution

on Wednesday, 29 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

Jakarta, 28 July 2015 - Ministers responsible for the environment from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand met on the occasion of the Seventeenth Meeting of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC) on Transboundary Haze Pollution on 28 July 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Iran Looks Forward to Stepping up Relations with ASEAN

on Friday, 24 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 24 July 2015 - Iran will intensify its relations and cooperation with ASEAN as well as with ASEAN Member States, according to the country’s new Ambassador to ASEAN, H.E. Valiollah Mohammadi Nasrabadi. Ambassador Nasrabadi presented his Letter of Credence to Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh yesterday.

Observance of Ramadan Highlights July “ASEAN Today”

on Wednesday, 22 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 10 July 2015 - Islam's holy month and how Muslims in the ASEAN region observe Ramadan is featured in the July 2015 edition of "ASEAN Today." Kara David of the Philippines' GMA Network co-anchors the program from Manila, with Dalton Tanonaka of The Indonesia Channel at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.  They also report on new visa-free rules in several ASEAN member states, and an exclusive talk with Indonesia's rock queen Anggun.  Durudee Sirichanya of the ASEAN Secretariat presents the month's regular "Feedback" segment.

ASEAN, EU Discuss Future Direction of Partnership

on Friday, 03 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

BRUSSELS, 3 July 2015 - The 23rd ASEAN-EU Senior Officials' Meeting was held yesterday in Brussels to review the ASEAN-EU Enhanced Partnership and discuss future direction. The Meeting noted with satisfaction the progress achieved in ASEAN-EU relations and shared willingness to work towards a Strategic Partnership embracing all aspects of mutual interest, including those underpinned by political and security cooperation. In this connection, ASEAN welcomed the interest of the EU in furthering engagement with the region through all ASEAN-led processes. The Meeting agreed there should be mechanisms to intensify the follow-up work towards an ASEAN-EU strategic partnership and welcomed Thailand's offer, as incoming country coordinator for relations with the EU, to take this forward.

“Reporting ASEAN” Media Forum to Tell the ASEAN Story

on Monday, 16 February 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

BANGKOK, 16 February 2015 – A media forum on news issues around ASEAN integration and regionalism will be held on 31 March – 2 April in Bangkok. Titled "Reporting ASEAN: A Media Forum," this event is expected to gather journalists and editors, researchers, foreign policy makers and development experts, students and those who follow issues around the ASEAN Community.

Understanding the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015

on Thursday, 23 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

"Understanding the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015" is a series of articles highlighting the various initiatives undertaken as well as the progress made towards achieving the AEC by the end of 2015. The articles will touch on the different aspects of the wide-ranging and multifaceted regional economic integration process. Indeed, ASEAN's economic integration agenda has significantly evolved from its initial focus on trade liberalisation and currently covers a broader array of issues ranging from investment to labour migration to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

Share your study abroad experience!

on Wednesday, 15 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

Would you like to share your international experience and help future generations of ASEAN students to go abroad as well? Then you are warmly invited to participate in the SHARE study on ASEAN credit transfer system and mobility programmes at universities in ASEAN region.

Australian Program and ASEAN embark on new Work Plan to Fight Trafficking in Persons in the Region

on Monday, 06 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 6 July 2015 - The Australia-Asia Programme to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP) and the ASEAN Secretariat announced the launch of a new program of work between AAPTIP and the Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime(SOMTC) for the year July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. This plan of work, developed in close coordination with ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat, was endorsed by the 15th SOMTC, which was convened on 5- 11 June 2015 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

ASEAN launches People’s Awards; Recipients to be honoured at next Summit

on Friday, 03 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 2 July 2015 – The search is on for the Recipients of the ASEAN People's Awards. Ten outstanding individuals and/or organisations from ASEAN Member States will be honoured for their contributions to ASEAN community building. The Recipients will be recognized at the next ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur this November where their work will also be exhibited to the public. The awarding ceremony will be held at the sidelines of the 27th ASEAN Summit in Malaysia to be witnessed by the Leaders of ASEAN.

ASEAN, New Zealand to Bring Comprehensive Ties to New Height

on Friday, 03 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 3 July 2015 - ASEAN and New Zealand will redouble efforts to bring their long-standing and comprehensive partnership to a new height. This commitment was made at the 3rd ASEAN-New Zealand Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting held yesterday at the ASEAN Secretariat.

Junior Diplomats Complete Attachment Programme at the ASEAN Secretariat

on Friday, 03 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 3 July 2015 – Four junior officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV) completed a one-year attachment programme at the ASEAN Secretariat recently.

ASEAN Welcomes its Creative Youth to Creative Industry Fair

on Friday, 03 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 3 July 2015 - The biggest event for ASEAN youth to advance the creative industry will be held on 28-30 August in Jakarta. ASEAN Youth Creative Industry Fair (AYCIF) is the first competition of its kind where it aims to spotlight at innovative and creative works from youths of ASEAN and Japan. The event aims to inspire further synergy between young creative entrepreneurs in ASEAN and Japan. Creative industry players in the ASEAN and Japan will gather to discuss and network over the showcase of works and projects.

ASEAN Unveils Common Design Stamps to Celebrate 48th Anniversary

on Thursday, 02 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

BANGKOK, 2 July 2015 - ASEAN Member States wrapped up their ASEAN Community commemorative stamps using a common design to reflect the "oneness" of the community which will officially begin on 31 December 2015. To illustrate the concept of the design, ASEAN Member States' flags are unified in a form of flower. In the background, the pigeon symbolises the pacific aspect of the region. A handshake below the flags portrays friendship and the golden ears of rice refer to basic agriculture, the main ASEAN way of life.