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ASEC Celebrates 47th Anniversary of ASEAN

on Monday, 18 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 18 August 2014 - The ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), led by Secretary General H.E. Le Luong Minh, today hosted the celebrations of the 47th Anniversary of ASEAN with festive events in Jakarta. Members of the diplomatic community and ASEAN partners joined in the celebration.

“As we gather today to celebrate another anniversary of ASEAN’s founding, we are also at the threshold of realising a dream for a ‘prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations’ that began 47 years ago, on 8 August 1967. That long-aspired dream is about to come true!  ASEAN is poised to proclaim the realisation of the ASEAN Community by the end of next year. This will be another epic milestone signalling Southeast Asia’s irrefutable connectivity and cohesiveness – where the peoples enjoy the blessings of peace, freedom and prosperity,” said SG Minh in his remarks.

 

ASEAN Gathers Fresh Support from International Community for Haiyan Recovery in the Philippines

on Thursday, 14 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

MANILA, 14 August 2014 – ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh called on the international community to provide fresh support for the post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation needs of communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The call was made at a high level conference on Assistance for the Recovery of Yolanda (Haiyan) Affected Areas (ARYA) held in Taguig, Metro Manila today.

“We accomplished so many things when we responded together to help the communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Now, I call on all of us to come together once more to continue supporting these communities to fully recover from the damages caused by the typhoon,” Sec. Gen. Minh said at the opening of the conference.

 

ASEAN Foreign Ministers Commit to Intensify Efforts in Realising ASEAN Community 2015

on Thursday, 14 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 14 August 2014 - “The 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM), Commission for the Southeast Asian Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (SEANWFZ Commission), Post Ministerial Conferences (PMC), 15th ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers Meeting, 4th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, and 21st ASEAN Regional Forum, were successfully held in Nay Pyi Taw from 8 to 10 August 2014,” said H.E. Nyan Lynn, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political Security Community, at the Post-47th AMM and Related Meetings Briefing, held today at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta.

 

ASEAN Drums Up Support For Philippine Recovery After Yolanda

on Tuesday, 12 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

MANILA, 12 August 2014 - A regional high-level conference will be held in Manila on August 14 at the Philippine Army Officers Club, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, to encourage new support for the recovery and rehabilitation of Yolanda-affected communities in central Philippines.

Myanmar Gets Ready for ASEAN Summit, as Regional Grouping Wraps Foreign Ministers and Other Meetings in Nay Pyi Taw

on Monday, 11 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

NAY PYI TAW, 11 August 2014 – More than 1,000 delegates, some 100 media, and over 30 meetings over six days. That’s just the basic statistics for the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting held in the Myanmar capital over the past week.

Other related meetings were also held in what some described as “one of the most spacious capitals in the world.” In particular, the ASEAN Regional Forum saw delegates coming from 27 countries and organisations.

 

Launch of Official Logo of the ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercises 2015 (ARF DIREX 2015)

on Sunday, 10 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

NAY PYI TAW, 10 August 2014 - The official logo of the ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercises 2015 (ARF DIREX 2015) was launched in Nay Pyi Taw today.

Launched by Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato Sri Anifah Aman, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and Myanmar Foreign Minister as well as Chair of the ARF U Wunna Maung Lwin, the event recognises that collective effort is needed to ensure a timely and effective disaster relief response, and to support the vision to create a disaster resilient and safer community by 2015.

New Video Series Promotes ASEAN Connectivity Awareness and Education

on Saturday, 09 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

NAY PYI TAW, 9 August 2014 – As ASEAN approaches the all-important 2015 milestone marking the realisation of the ASEAN Community, the Association launched a new video series on ASEAN Connectivity to raise awareness of the opportunities and benefits of a well-connected region.  

The video series was launched on the sidelines of the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) on 9 August in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.  The videos are designed to help businesses, academia, the media, and the public across ASEAN and around the world better understand the ASEAN Connectivity vision, the progress made to date, and the future economic and social impacts created by a truly connected region.

 

ASEAN and Norway to Work Closely for Stronger Cooperation

on Friday, 08 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

NAY PYI TAW, 8 August 2014 - At the sideline of the 47th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, received H.E. Morten Høglund, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, who expressed appreciation to ASEAN for the finalisation of the Joint Statement of ASEAN-Norway Partnership for the adoption by the Ministers today.  Minister Høglund also expressed Norway’s interest to promote effective cooperation and stable relations through among others dialogue and collaboration in the areas of political, security, maritime issues, connectivity and narrowing the development gaps by making full use of the Norwegian ASEAN Regional Initiatives Fund (NARIF).

 

AIPR Launches Peace and Reconciliation Symposium Publication

on Friday, 08 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

NAY PYI TAW, 8 August 2014 - The ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) launched its symposium publication in Nay Pyi Taw today. Speaking at the event, ASEAN Secretary-General H.E. Le Luong Minh congratulated the members of the Governing Council and the Advisory Board of AIPR for the publication of the “Symposium on Peace and Reconciliation Processes and Initiatives.”

SG Minh noted that ASEAN was formed 47 years ago "at the height of the Cold War and amidst all the tensions among its own member countries.”

Myanmar hosts 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting

on Friday, 08 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

NAY PYI TAW, 8 August 2014 – Myanmar is once again in the limelight as top diplomats of ASEAN Member States gather today at the Myanmar International Convention Center (MICC) in its Capital Nay Pyi Taw for the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM). This annual gathering, the most longstanding of all ASEAN institutions, brings together ASEAN Foreign Ministers and their counterparts from Dialogue Partner countries to discuss political, security and developmental issues that have significant impact on the region. As the ASEAN Chair for 2014, Myanmar’s Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. U Wunna Maung Lwin, will preside over the Meeting.

The AMM begins with an opening ceremony to be addressed by H.E. President U Thien Sein of Myanmar. This auspicious day of 8 August 2014 coincides with the 47th anniversary of the Association and President U Thien Sein is also expected to deliver the ASEAN Day Address .

Myanmar Kicks Off ASEAN Day Celebrations With a Strong Showing From Its Young

on Friday, 08 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

NAY PYI TAW, 6 August 2014 - ASEAN must continue on its platform of peace, stability and prosperity for the region, as this has proven to be effective in bringing development to the region according to Myanmar President U Thein Sein.
 
“Looking back to the past 47 years, we see that unity and cooperation have been the main strength of ASEAN significant progress in bringing peace, stability and prosperity in the region. It is the uniqueness of ASEAN that unity has been built through its vast diversities,” said the President.
 
He was speaking at the celebration of the 47th ASEAN Day, which was held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre II (MICC 2) in Nay Pyi Taw. The day’s celebrations started with a hearty rendition of the ASEAN anthem. Myanmar had considered holding the festivities on 8 August, but wet weather and a very tight schedule for the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting and other related meetings, prompted the organisers to move the celebrations indoors, and two days earlier.

ASEAN and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen cooperation in forestry

on Wednesday, 06 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

Nay Pyi Taw, 5 August 2014 – ASEAN and the Republic of Korea committed to enhance their cooperation in forestry through the signing of an Instrument of Extension of the Agreement between the Governments of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Republic of Korea on Forest Cooperation (AFoCo).

Indonesia’s New President Tops August “ASEAN Today”

on Tuesday, 05 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 4 August 2014 - The election of Indonesia's seventh president is the highlight of the August 2014 edition of “ASEAN Today.”

Oung Ping Ann of Cambodia's National Television co-anchors the program from Phnom Penh, with Dalton Tanonaka of The Indonesia Channel at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. The victory speech of Indonesia's President-Elect Joko Widodo is part of the programme, along with reports on the mourning for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines tragedy in Ukraine, and Bangkok's top visitor attractions. Durudee Sirichanya of the ASEAN Secretariat has the month's regular feedback segment.

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Visited the ASEAN Secretariat

on Tuesday, 05 August 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 5 August 2014 – Underlining the importance of the ASEAN-Canada dialogue relations, the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, today visited the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta and paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh. During the call, he discussed with Secretary-General Minh and other senior ASEAN Secretariat officials on the ASEAN-Canada dialogue relations, as well as regional issues of mutual interest and concern.

ASEAN Secretary-General sends condolences to Viet Nam

on Friday, 25 July 2014. Posted in 2014, ASEAN Secretariat News

JAKARTA, 25 July 2014 – ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh sent a message of condolences to Viet Nam which was hit by Typhoon Rammasun this week. In a letter sent yesterday to Pham Binh Minh, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister who is also the Foreign Minister, SG Minh conveyed his “sympathy for the loss of lives and properties in the communities in Quang Ninh Province” which have been affected the most by the typhoon.