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Vision Statement ASEAN India Commemorative Summit

on Friday, 21 December 2012. Posted in Statement & Communiques, 2012

WE, the Heads of State/Government of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Republic of India, gathered in New Delhi, India, on 20 December 2012, to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations under the theme of “ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace and Shared Prosperity”;

ACKNOWLEDGING that the civilisations of ASEAN and India have been enriched by cross cultural exchanges over several millennia, where knowledge and ideas, goods  and spiritual traditions have moved seamlessly across borders, providing a strong foundation for cooperation in a globalised world;

Joint Statement of the 4th ASEAN-U.S. Leaders' Meeting

on Tuesday, 20 November 2012. Posted in Statement & Communiques, 2012

1. We, the Heads of State/Government of Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the United States (U.S.), held our Fourth ASEAN-U.S. Leaders' Meeting on 19 November 2012 in Phnom Penh.  The Meeting was co-chaired by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia in his capacity as Chairman of ASEAN, and the Honourable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. The ASEAN Secretary General was also in attendance.

2. We expressed our deep sympathy and deepest condolences to the people and the Royal Government of Cambodia and especially to His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah BOROMNEATH NORODOM SIHAMONI, King of Cambodia and Her Majesty Queen Mother NORODOM MONINEATH SIHANOUK, for the passing away of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah NORODOM SIHANOUK, the late King-Father of Cambodia, on 15th October 2012. We shared our sadness for this great loss with the people of Cambodia during this period of mourning. Cambodia expressed gratitude to the respective ASEAN and United States Leaders for their shared condolences to His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah NORODOM SIHAMONI, King of Cambodia, Her Majesty Queen Mother, the Royal Government and the people of Cambodia.

MACTAN CEBU DECLARATION Connected ASEAN: Enabling Aspirations

on Monday, 19 November 2012. Posted in Statement & Communiques, 2012

We, the ASEAN Ministers responsible for Telecommunications and Information Technology, on the occasion of the Twelfth ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (12th TELMIN) held in Mactan, Cebu, the Philippines, on 15 and 16 November 2012:

RECALLINGthe strong commitment of ASEAN Leaders in the 2007 Cebu Declaration to accelerate the establishment of an ASEAN Community by 2015, in which the Leaders agreed to hasten the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015 and to transform ASEAN into a region with free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour and freer flow of capital;

Joint Media Statement of the 12th ASEAN Telecommunications and IT Ministers Meeting and its Related Meetings with Dialogue Partners

on Monday, 19 November 2012. Posted in Statement & Communiques, 2012

1. The 12th ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) was held in Cebu, the Philippines,on 15 – 16November2012. H.E. Mario G. Montejo, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines chaired the Meeting.  H.E. Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information of Singapore was the Vice-Chairman. On this occasion, the ASEAN Ministers also had separate dialogues with their counterparts from the People’s Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.

2. H.E. Jejomar C. Binay, Vice President of the Republic of the Philippinesofficiated the 12th ASEAN Telecommunication and IT Minister’s Meeting (TELMIN-12) and its related meetings with Dialogue Partners.

PHNOM PENH STATEMENT ON THE ADOPTION OF THE ASEAN HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATION (AHRD)

on Monday, 19 November 2012. Posted in Statement & Communiques, 2012

WE, the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), on the occasion of the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia;

REAFFIRMING ASEAN’s commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms as well as the purposes and the principles as enshrined in the ASEAN Charter, including the principles of democracy, rule of law and good governance;

REITERATING ASEAN and its Member States’ commitment to the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, and other international human rights instruments, to which ASEAN Member States are parties as well as to relevant ASEAN declarations and instruments pertaining to human rights; 

ASEAN HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATION

on Monday, 19 November 2012. Posted in Statement & Communiques, 2012

WE, the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (hereinafter referred to as "ASEAN"), namely Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, on the occasion of the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

REAFFIRMING our adherence to the purposes and principles of ASEAN as enshrined in the ASEAN Charter, in particular the respect for and promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as the principles of democracy, the rule of law and good governance;

Thailand Signs MRA on Tourism Professionals

on Friday, 09 November 2012. Posted in Statement & Communiques, 2012

1. The Government of Thailand has just completed its internal requirements and procedures to join other ASEAN Member States in signing the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) on Tourism Professionals, which is one of the key ASEAN tourism initiatives to support the establishment of ASEAN Economic Community 2015. The signing by H.E. Mr. Chumpol Silapa-archa, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand was taken place this morning at the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, witnessed by H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, ASEAN Secretary-General, and Ambassadors of ASEAN Member States to Thailand.

2. The Travel and Tourism sector plays a very important role in the overall ASEAN economy. Based on the ASEAN Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2012, it is estimated that this sector accounts for 4.6 percent of ASEAN GDP. The contribution can be as large as 10.9 percent when all indirect contributions from the sector are taken into account. In addition, it directly employs 9.3 million people, or 3.2 percent of total employment, and indirectly supports some 25 million jobs. The growth of international tourism in ASEAN has been remarkable. In 1991, there were only 20 million international visitor arrivals to ASEAN. After 20 years, the number has grown 4 times to more than 81 million arrivals in 2011.

25th ASEAN-Australia Forum Co-Chairs’ Statement

on Tuesday, 06 November 2012. Posted in Statement & Communiques, 2012

1. The 25th ASEAN-Australia Forum was held in Manila on 6 November 2012, with participation by representatives from Australia, ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat.

2. The Forum was co-chaired by Ms. Erlinda Basilio, Undersecretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines and Mr. Rod Smith, First Assistant Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia.

3. The participants reaffirmed the importance of the ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Partnership, established in 1974, and noted the invaluable contributions of Australia to the establishment of an ASEAN Community by 2015. ASEAN welcomed Australia’s deepening engagement with Asia, as enunciated in the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard on 28 October 2012.  ASEAN welcomed Australia’s announcement of the appointment of a resident Ambassador to ASEAN in Jakarta.

Joint Statement of ASEAN Environment Ministers for the Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

on Monday, 29 October 2012. Posted in Statement & Communiques, 2012

WE, the Ministers responsible for environment of Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Member States of ASEAN, on the occasion of the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity;

RECOGNIZING that the ASEAN region occupies only three per cent of the earth’s total surface but is home to over 20 per cent of all known plant, animal and marine species, providing food, medicine, shelter, clothing and other biological goods and ecosystems services to almost 600 million people in ASEAN;

RENEWING our commitments made in the ASEAN Leaders’ Statement on Climate Change at the 19th ASEAN Summit in November 2011, the ASEAN Leaders’ Statement on Joint Response to Climate Change at the 16th ASEAN Summit in April 2010, the ASEAN Declaration on Environmental Sustainability at the 13th ASEAN Summit in November 2007, and the 2003 ASEAN Declaration on Heritage Parks;

Joint Statement by United Nations, Association of Southeast Asian Nations

on Thursday, 11 October 2012. Posted in Statement & Communiques, 2012

Following is the joint press statement of the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) following their ministerial-level meeting in New York on 24 September:

The ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the sixty-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly (ASEAN-United Nations Ministerial Meeting, or AUMM) was held on 28 September 2012 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Meeting was chaired by Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia; Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations; and Vuk Jeremić, President of the sixty-seventh General Assembly. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN, was also in attendance.

Chairman's Statement, 1st Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum Manila

on Tuesday, 09 October 2012. Posted in Statement & Communiques, 2012

1. The 1st Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF) was held in Manila, Philippines on 5 October 2012. It was chaired by the Honorable Erlinda F. Basilio, Undersecretary for Policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs and ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) Leader of the Philippines. It was attended by government and non-government delegates from the East Asia Summit (EAS) participating countries, namely: the ten ASEAN Member States, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation and the United States of America, and the ASEAN Secretariat.


2. The 1st Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF) was convened in response to the statement of the ASEAN Leaders, as well as the Leaders of the East Asia Summit (EAS), in Bali, Indonesia in November 2011, who encouraged a “dialogue involving EAS participating countries to utilize opportunities and address common challenges on maritime issues building upon the existing ASEAN Maritime Forum (AMF),” wherein they also “positively noted the proposal of convening an expanded AMF, back-to-back with the future meetings of the AMF, to include countries in the wider East Asia region.”

Chairman's Statement, 3rd ASEAN Maritime Forum

on Tuesday, 09 October 2012. Posted in Statement & Communiques, 2012

1. The 3rd ASEAN Maritime Forum (AMF) was held in Manila, Philippines on 3-4 October 2012. It was chaired by the Honorable Erlinda F. Basilio, Undersecretary for Policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs and ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) Leader of the Philippines. The 3rd AMF was attended by delegates representing the ten ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat.

2. Honorable Jejomar C. Binay, Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines, delivered the keynote speech. He stressed that it is the collective interest of ASEAN to deepen cooperation across all fronts, including maritime security and cooperation, as well as maritime connectivity and protection of the marine environment. He emphasized that seas and waterways should not separate ASEAN Member States from one another, but rather connect them together.

ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting with The Secretary-General of The United Nations and The President of The 67TH Session of The UN General Assembly

on Monday, 01 October 2012. Posted in 2012, Statement & Communiques, 2012, ASEAN Secretariat News

The ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting, or AUMM) was held on 28 September 2012 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia; H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations; and H.E. Mr. Vuc Jeremic, the President of the 67th UN General Assembly. H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN, was also in attendance.

This was the first AUMM since the adoption of the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Partnership between ASEAN and the UN at the 4th ASEAN-UN Summit in Bali last November. In this regard, the AUMM participants reviewed the implementation of the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Partnership, based on the joint report by the Secretariats of ASEAN and the UN. They also held discussions on the preparations for, as well as key issues to be raised at, the forthcoming 5th ASEAN-UN Summit, which is scheduled to take place in Phnom Penh on 20 November 2012.. The participants welcomed the institution of a process of regular dialogue between the Secretariats of the two Organizations and called on them to further enhance their cooperation as called for in the Joint Declaration.

Chairman’s Statement of the Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (IAMM)

on Monday, 01 October 2012. Posted in 2012, Statement & Communiques, 2012, ASEAN Secretariat News

1.The ASEAN Foreign Ministers have met at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States of America, on 27 September 2012.

2.The Foreign Ministers discussed various UN-related issues of common concern, in line with the common objective to enhance ASEAN’s role and contribution to global issues. They also had their informal meeting with The Honorable Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, to discuss issues of common concern.