ASEAN, UN move forward in achieving Vision 2025 and SDGs
ASEAN and the United Nations (UN) reaffirmed the importance of further strengthening their Comprehensive Partnership towards the fulfilment of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York, the United States, on 28 September 2018.
The meeting was chaired by Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore and 2018 Chair of ASEAN Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, and was attended by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, President of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN, Secretary-General of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi, and senior officials of ASEAN and the UN.
The meeting took note of the Joint Report by the ASEAN and UN Secretariats on the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Partnership for the period from September 2017 to August 2018.
Further, the meeting noted the importance of ASEAN-UN cooperation, particularly in cross-sectoral areas, and reaffirmed its commitment to step up cooperation in areas contributing to the implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in a complementary manner. Areas of cooperation include minimising adverse impacts of climate change, alleviating poverty, tackling inequalities, narrowing the development gap, promoting equitable development and women’s empowerment, energy and infrastructure connectivity and technical solutions for energy efficiency, promoting and greening micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), agriculture, education, health, food and nutrition, enhancing social security and promoting decent work for all. In addition, the meeting confirmed the importance of ASEAN-UN technical cooperation to localise the SDGs at the subnational and local level.
The meeting recognised the importance of further enhancing cooperation in preventive diplomacy and conflict prevention, including in support of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. The UN appreciated the contribution of ASEAN Member States in support of UN peace operations, and also welcomed the endorsement of the Action for Peacekeeping Agenda by all ASEAN Member States. The meeting agreed on the importance of comprehensively combatting transnational organised crime.
The meeting also noted the importance of collaboration between relevant ASEAN Centres including the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC) and the ASEAN Research and Training Center for Space Technology and Applications (ARTSA) and relevant UN technical agencies.
The meeting noted the importance of innovation and technology to improve the lives of peoples and welcomed the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) initiative. The meeting also welcomed efforts to improve the coordination between the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) and the UN to enhance disaster risk reduction and management.
The meeting also looked forward to the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering to be held on 11 October 2018 in Bali, Indonesia.
Press-release at the ASEAN official web-site