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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.

ASEAN and UN Reaffirm Strong Institutional Cooperation

on Tuesday, 30 June 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 30 June 2015 - The UN and ASEAN will continue to strengthen cooperation and institutional ties within the framework of the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Partnership between the two organisations signed in 2011. The importance of the ASEAN-UN relations was reaffirmed during the meeting of the recently appointed UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, H.E. Miroslav Jenča and H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, on 26 June at the ASEAN Secretariat. Both sides agreed to work towards realising the full potential of the Partnership.

ASEAN Strengthens Integrity of Elections in the Region

on Friday, 26 June 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

MANILA, 26 June 2015 – The ASEAN Workshop on Election Observation, the first ever gathering of the region's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Election Management Body leaders and regional organisations that conduct election observations, wrapped up yesterday in Manila, Philippines.

ASEAN, India to Further Strengthen Ties

on Thursday, 25 June 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 25 June 2015 - ASEAN and India agreed to strengthen their cooperation to conclude the implementation of their current five-year joint Plan of Action (POA) which will expire at the end of this year.

ASEAN, Japan Reaffirm Closer Ties

on Wednesday, 24 June 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

PHNOM PENH, 24 June 2015 – ASEAN and Japan Senior Officials participating in the 30th ASEAN-Japan Forum reaffirmed the importance of ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership and agreed to explore new opportunities to further strengthen the relationship and enhance cooperation. The forum was held in Phnom Penh on 22 June. The Senior Officials also discussed regional and international issues of common interest and concern and agreed to work together to address emerging challenges and promote peace and stability.

ASEAN Ascertains Region's Information Network in Response to MERS

on Monday, 22 June 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 22 June 2015 - "ASEAN is concerned about the widening spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)," said H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN. "ASEAN is taking initiatives on preparedness in responding to the MERS coronavirus (MERS CoV) disease," he added.

“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.

ASEAN People's Awards

on Wednesday, 01 July 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

The Award

The ASEAN People’s Award is established to honour ASEAN Member States’ citizens and/or organisations who have made outstanding contributions toward the creation of a united, prosperous and caring ASEAN Community.

ASEAN Strengthens Its Collective Response in Disasters

on Friday, 19 June 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

BOGOR, 19 June 2015 – The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) officially launched its induction course for the fifth batch of ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) today in Bogor, Indonesia. The 100 hours course will commence from 19 to 29 June to prepare regional emergency responders in ASEAN for a faster and more coordinated response towards disasters.

Luxembourg Continues to Support ASEAN Community Building Efforts

on Friday, 19 June 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 19 June 2015 — Luxembourg will continue to support ASEAN Community building efforts to demonstrate its commitment to deepen relations with the region. H.E. Robert Lauer, the new Ambassador of Luxembourg to ASEAN, conveyed this message during the presentation of his Letter of Credence to Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh.

ASEAN Convenes its Services Forum 2015

on Friday, 19 June 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 19 June 2015 – The ASEAN Services Forum, an event for substantive discussion on the trends and challenges in trade in services integration among the policy makers and stakeholders in the region, was conducted on 18-19 June at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.

ASEAN, China to Further Strengthen the Strategic Partnership

on Thursday, 18 June 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 18 June 2015 - H.E. Xu Bu, the new Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to ASEAN, presented his Letter of Credence to H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, at the ASEAN Secretariat today.

ASEAN Promotes Awareness on AEC Information for Businesses

on Thursday, 18 June 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

BANGKOK, 18 June 2015 – A Seminar on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Information for Business was held on 15-16 June in Bangkok to promote awareness and understanding on the AEC's key initiatives to the business community. The Seminar explained the objectives, key benefits along with the process steps contained in the three AEC Information Packs, namely: Tariff Reductions; Rules of Origin; and Customs Clearance.

ASEAN to Enhance Cooperation in Combating Transnational Crime

on Wednesday, 17 June 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

SIEM REAP, 17 June 2015 - ASEAN will enhance cooperation to effectively meet the challenges posed by non-traditional security issues. The ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) reaffirmed the commitment to combat this security challenge in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 8-11 June 2015.

Optimism and Keen Business Interest in ASEAN, Rising in Norway and EU

on Tuesday, 16 June 2015. Posted in 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News

OSLO, 16 June 2015 - H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN called on Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway yesterday where they discussed the increasing importance of ASEAN-Norway trade and investment relations. Both sides deliberated on the ways to strengthen and possibly formalise this relationship, noting that ASEAN integration has created opportunities for further collaboration, while leveraging also on Norway's expertise and competence in the oil and gas, maritime and green industries. Norway expressed interest in ASEAN's handling of the irregular migration issue, noting a parallel with Europe's management of the refugee crisis.