Foreign Minister co-hosted
a panel discussion on “Regional Dimension in Achieving SDGs:
From Lessons Learned to Practical Action in the ASEAN Region and Beyond”
in the margins of the SDG Summit
On 24 September 2019, H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, together with H.E. Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP, co-hosted a side event on “Regional Dimension in Achieving SDGs: From Lessons Learned to Practical Action in the ASEAN Region and Beyond” in the margins of the SDG Summit at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The event was co-organised by Thailand, UN ESCAP and the ASEAN Secretariat with the aim to share ASEAN’s best practices in advancing sustainable development cooperation in the region. The event was attended by representatives from ASEAN Member States, ASEAN’s external partners and UN agencies. High-level participants include H.E. Mr. Teodoro Locsin Jr., Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, H.E. Mrs. Rosemarie G.Edillon, Undersecretary of the National Economic Development Authority, the Philippines and H.E. Mr. Md Abul Kalam Azad, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs), Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh.
In his opening remarks, the Foreign Minister underlined the significant role of regional cooperation in supporting the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To this end, ASEAN has mainstreamed sustainable development into its Community-building agenda by promoting complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the UN 2030 Agenda, also known as the “Complementarities Initiative”. This Initiative also complements Thailand’s efforts in promoting the Sufficient Economy Philosophy for achieving the SDGs or SEP for SDGs. He also suggested three key elements for taking forward SDGs implementation in ASEAN, namely (1) enhancing regional catalysts for the realisation of the SDGs, including through the establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogues (ACSDSD) and the development of the Complementarities Roadmap (2) ensuring that the people of ASEAN are the ultimate development beneficiaries of sustainable development cooperation and (3) strengthening partnership for the SDGs, within ASEAN and beyond.
During the panel discussion, representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat, UNDP, Norway, and the ACSDSD exchanged views on how ASEAN can concretely translate its regional development vision into concrete actions especially through fostering partnerships and synergies within and beyond the region. It was suggested that ASEAN needs to create platforms for dialogue, where ASEAN Member States can share their experiences, discuss ways forward, and foster constructive engagement with external partners to better implement the SDGs. Therefore, panelists commended Thailand for taking initiative in establishing the ACSDSD to serve this purpose. The Centre is one of the concrete deliverables under Thailand’s ASEAN Chairmanship at the 35th ASEAN Summit in November 2019 in Bangkok.
This side event was part of a series of sustainable development activities, organised by Thailand, in its capacity as the ASEAN Coordinator on Sustainable Development Cooperation and the current Chair of ASEAN in 2019. It also reflected ASEAN’s continuing contribution to the global efforts in realising the SDGs and to promoting sustainability in all dimensions at the global level.
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Press Release Foreign Minister co-hosted a panel discussion on “Regional Dimension in Achieving SDGs: From Lessons Learned to Practical Action in the ASEAN Region and Beyond” in the margins of the SDG Summit
ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING WITH
THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL AND
THE PRESIDENT OF THE 74TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
New York, 28 September 2019
ASEAN and the United Nations (UN) today reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening their comprehensive partnership based on the implementation of the five-year Plan of Action (POA) to Implement the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Partnership between ASEAN and the United Nations (2016-2020), and enhancing complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Complementarities Initiative).
The ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, and was attended by H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the President of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN, H.E. Dato’ Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN, as well as senior officials of ASEAN and the UN.
The Meeting took note of the Joint Report by the ASEAN and the UN Secretariats on the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Partnership for the period from September 2018 to August 2019, and commended the significant progress made across a broad range of activities under the first five-year POA (2016-2020) which was adopted in September 2016. The Meeting welcomed efforts by ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and the UN in developing concrete and specific action lines. As the Plan of Action (2016-2020) will expire next year, the Meeting encouraged ASEAN Member States and the UN to implement the remaining 7 percent of action lines by the end of 2020. The Meeting also underlined the need to focus on new priority areas for the new Plan of Action (2021-2025) to enhance cross-sectoral cooperation, gender mainstreaming and cooperation on the Complementarities Initiative.
The Meeting welcomed the significant progress of ASEAN-UN cooperation, particularly in cross-sectoral cooperation, and reaffirmed its commitment to taking forward the Complementarities Initiative, including in areas such as minimising the adverse impact of climate change; building resilience and strengthening cooperation in disaster risk reduction,emergency response and management; alleviating poverty; tackling inequalities; narrowing the development gap; fostering sustainable economic growth; building effective institutions to achieve equitable, sustainable and inclusive development; promoting sustainable human capital development and women’s empowerment; enhancing infrastructure connectivity; and developing smart cities; building capacity in public-private partnership models and development of green Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs); promoting sustainable consumption and production; promoting sustainable management of natural resources; exploring further collaboration in fisheries, marine debris, forestry, food safety, nutrition, energy security; and enhancing social protection and promoting decent work for all. The Meeting also looked forward to the launch of the ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue (ACSDSD) in Thailand and the notation of the Complementarities Roadmap by ASEAN Leaders and the Secretary-General of the United Nations at the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok in November 2019, and looked forward to enhanced cooperation between ASEAN and the UN in sustainable development in 2020, which marks the 5th year of implementing the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The Meeting reaffirmed its commitment to further enhancing cooperation in preventive diplomacy and conflict prevention, including the collaboration with the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEANIPR).The Meeting also noted the importance of collaboration between ASEAN Centres, including the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) to enhance capabilities on disaster risk reduction and management, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC) to improve livelihood of our peoples and promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity for coordination with regional and international organisations in the conservation of ecosystems and the sustainable use of biological diversity, which are important factors in mitigating climate change.
The UN Secretary-General thanked ASEAN Member States for their continued and significant contribution of peacekeepers to UN peacekeeping operations, including a growing number of women peacekeepers. The Meeting welcomed the establishment of the ASEAN Women’s Peace Registry and developments in advancing the ASEAN ‘women, peace and security’ agenda. The Meeting looked forward to the forthcoming Seventh ASEAN-UN Workshop – Fifth Regional Dialogue on ASEAN-UN Cooperation on Political-Security Cooperation (AURED V): Focused Collaboration in Support of the ASEAN-IPR on 3-4 December 2019 in Viet Nam.
The Meeting recognised the joint efforts of ASEAN and the UN to foster cooperation to address transnational organised crime, including drug and precursor trafficking, trafficking in persons and wildlife and timber trafficking through strengthening border management cooperation.
The Meeting looked forward to the 2nd ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission for Human Rights (AICHR) – UN Meeting, which is scheduled to take place in Thailand later this year.
The Meeting also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interests and concerns. The Meeting stressed the importance of multilateralism and regionalism, including close cooperation between regional organisations and the UN, which not only help maintain international peace and sustainable security but also address global challenges such as, inter alia, transnational organised crime, terrorism and violent extremism, trade tensions, disruptive technologies, climate change and natural disasters, and poverty alleviation. The UN reaffirmed its continued support for ASEAN Community-building and ASEAN centrality amidst the evolving regional architecture. The UN looked forward to ASEAN’s contributions to the maintenance of regional and global peace and security with Indonesia and Viet Nam as members of the UN Security Council in 2020. The Meeting also reaffirmed the importance of adherence to the rule of law and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The UN Secretary-General welcomed ASEAN’s participation in the Climate Action Summit and highlighted the need to foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development.
The Meeting also looked forward to the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit, which is scheduled to be held on 3 November 2019 in Thailand.
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ASEAN JOINT STATEMENT
TO THE UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT 2019
23 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK
1. ASEAN welcomes the convening of the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York on 23 September 2019 and commends the Secretary-General of the United Nations for his leadership in addressing the climate change issue. The summit supports the work under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in enhancing global response to climate change, by generating political momentum on climate action in order to achieve the objective and principles of the Convention and the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.
2. ASEAN attaches great importance to tackling climate change. Since most of our population lives along low-lying coasts and river plains, ASEAN is highly vulnerable to adverse impacts of climate change. The increased impacts of climate change have threatened the region’s economic and social progress. In this regard, the ASEAN Member States (AMS) have strived to strengthen our resilience by implementing both climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.
3. Because of our first-hand experience with the impacts of climate change, ASEAN is committed to be actively involved in global climate action at various levels as follows:
At the global level
– ASEAN strongly supports global efforts to address climate change under the UNFCCC. All AMS have ratified the Paris Agreement and communicated their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
At the regional level
– ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2025
ASEAN has been implementing strategic measures under the ASCC Blueprint 2025 in order to move ASEAN towards “Sustainable Climate” with the aim to realize a resilient community. Among the key strategic measures include: (a) strengthening the efforts of government, private sector and community in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from main activities of development; (b) facilitating the development of comprehensive and coherent responses to climate change challenges; and (c) mainstreaming climate change risk management and greenhouse gas emission reduction in sectoral planning.
– Key ASEAN targets include
i. Energy transition:
– ASEAN has exceeded its energy efficiency target, reducing energy intensity by more than 21.9% compared to 2005 levels, well ahead of its 2020 target.
– ASEAN will continue to work towards the region’s long-term target to reduce energy intensity by 30% by 2025.
– Additionally, ASEAN also set a target to increase the component of renewable energy mix by 23% by 2025.
ii. Land transport:
– ASEAN aims to reduce the average fuel consumption per 100 km of new light-duty vehicles sold in ASEAN by 26% between 2015 and 2025.
– ASEAN will also (a) introduce and strengthen fiscal policy measures based on fuel economy or on CO2 emissions at national level where applicable to incentivize consumers to purchase efficient vehicles; and (b) promote the adoption of national fuel consumption standards for light-duty vehicles in all markets, striving towards a regional standard in the long term.
4. ASEAN stresses the direct linkage between the means of implementation and the level of action. Adequate capacity-building, transfer of technology and financial support for developing countries are crucial and shall be aligned with national needs and priorities, and foster country ownership. ASEAN is of the view that the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019 should be an opportunity for developed countries to deliver on their financial commitments to developing countries especially in providing USD 100 billion annually by 2020. ASEAN also hopes to see strong political signals from developed countries to demonstrate their collective commitment to scaleup climate finance that is secure, predictable and sustainable in the post-2020 context.
5. ASEAN welcomes the findings of the previous Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports and the IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels that warned us that we have less time to avoid potentially irreversible climate disruption. ASEAN is of the view that no one country can fight climate change alone, and partnership is vital. ASEAN has enhanced both regional and international cooperation to address climate change, including through the ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change as well as the Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action (SAMCA) and Expanded SAMCA convened in July 2018.
6. ASEAN stands ready to advance our partnership with the global community on climate action to ensure sustainability for present and future generations.
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ASEAN Political-Security Community Fact-Finding Mission visited Timor-Leste during
3-6 September 2019
On 3-6 September 2019, H.E. Mrs. Busaya Mathelin, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, led the ASEAN Political-Security Community Fact-Finding Mission (APSC FFM) to Dili, Timor-Leste as part of the assessment of Timor-Leste’s readiness to become a member of ASEAN.
The APSC FFM is the first of three fact-finding missions from ASEAN to visit Timor-Leste. ASEAN will prepare a comprehensive assessment of Timor-Leste’s application for ASEAN membership upon the completion of the three fact-finding missions. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Pillars plan to conduct their fact-finding missions next year.
The APSC FFM, comprising senior officials from all ASEAN Member States, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR), and the ASEAN Secretariat, was warmly received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste. The APSC FFM paid courtesy calls on Timor-Leste’s President, Prime Minister, and Deputy President of the National Parliament and had substantive meetings with other leaders and political figures. Both sides exchanged views and discussed issues such as Timor-Leste’s foreign policy, legal reforms, and national development strategy as well as the responsibilities of becoming a member of ASEAN under the APSC Pillar. During these meetings, Timor-Leste underlined their political commitment to become a member of ASEAN and willingness to carry out the obligations of ASEAN membership.
In addition, the APSC FFM also met with representatives of the United Nations Development Programme and the Asian Development Bank in Timor-Leste. Overall, this visit provided a unique opportunity for ASEAN to learn from first hand interaction with Timor-Leste and explore areas of potential cooperation to support Timor-Leste.
Timor-Leste currently has diplomatic missions in all ASEAN Member States and is ready to open a permanent mission to ASEAN in Jakarta. Furthermore, Timor-Leste has been a Participant in the ASEAN Regional Forum since 2005 and became a High Contracting Party to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia in 2007.
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On 19 September 2019, H.E. Busaya Mathelin, Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, chaired the East Asia Summit (EAS) Preparatory Senior Officials’ Meeting to discuss cooperation under the EAS framework, exchange views on regional and international developments, and prepare for the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, to be convened in October – November 2019 in Thailand.
On 19 September 2019, H.E. Busaya Mathelin, Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, chaired the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Senior Officials’ Meeting, to discuss cooperation under the APT framework and prepare for the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, to be convened in October – November 2019 in Thailand.
Photo Gallery : The ASEAN Plus Three Senior Officials’ Meeting, 19 Sep 2019
On 18 September 2019, Thailand hosted a Joint Consultative Meeting (JCM) where senior officials from 3 ASEAN pillars, namely SOM, SEOM, and SOCA, as well as the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) and 3 Deputy Secretary-Generals of ASEAN gathered to discuss the preparations for the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings, to be held in October – November 2019, and address key cross-cutting issues, especially those highlighted under Thailand’s chairmanship theme “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”, to ensure the seamless coordination of the work of all 3 pillars.
The Thai delegation consists of H.E. Mrs. Busaya Mathelin. Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Duangarthit Nidhi-u-tai, Deputy Director-General, Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce, Ms. Saranpat Anumatrajkij, Inspector-General, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, and H.E. Ms. Phasporn Sangasubana, Permanent Representative of Thailand to ASEAN.
Photo Gallery : Joint Consultative Meeting (JCM) 18 September 2019
On 18 September 2019, senior officials from 3 ASEAN pillars, namely SOM, SEOM, and SOCA attended the 8th ASEAN Coordinating Council Working Group (ACCWG) on Timor-Leste’s ASEAN Membership Application. The Meeting took note of the Summary Report of the ASEAN Political Security Community Pillar (APSC) Fact-Finding Mission conducted during 3 – 6 September 2019.
On 17 September 2019, H.E. Busaya Mathelin, Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, chaired the Meeting of ASEAN Senior Officials, in openended format, with representatives from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). CSO representatives were from the countries of past, present, and future ASEAN Chairs, namely Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, to exchange views on building an ASEAN Community that is people-centered and leaves no one behind.
The ASEAN Senior Officials and their representatives were briefed on the outcomes from the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF) 2019 and exchanged views on how CSOs could contribute to the building of the ASEAN Community in the future.
The Meeting reflected the importance that Thailand as ASEAN Chair attaches to promoting an inclusive process in promoting the ASEAN Chairmanship theme of “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”.