I chaired the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat today in Boracay. The Retreat is the first gathering of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers under the Philippines’ ASEAN Chairmanship in 2017 with the theme, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.” During the Retreat, the Ministers discussed the way forward for ASEAN Community building, including the implementation of the [...]
DAVAO, 21 February 2017 - ASEAN is moving a step closer to the finalisation of the draft ASEAN instrument to implement the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (Cebu Declaration). At the ASEAN Labour Ministers’ Retreat on 19-20 February in Davao City, Philippines, ten ASEAN Member States worked [...]
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) condemns the bombing of the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Pakistan on 16 February 2017 and the car bombing in Baghdad, Iraq on 17 February 2017 which claimed the lives of many and wounded numerous others. Download the full statement here.
ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Statement on The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) expresses its grave concern over the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s ballistic missile test that flew east on 12 February 2017, which may pose a menace to regional peace, security and stability. Download the full statement Here.
DENPASAR, 14 February 2017 – To enable the ordinary ASEAN citizens to tap on the opportunities that ASEAN brings, the ASEAN Secretariat and other entities associated with ASEAN discussed how to increase collaboration and synchronise efforts in expanding outreach. The discussion focused on ASEAN branding, leveraging the 50th anniversary of ASEAN as a momentum to [...]
JAKARTA, 10 February 2017 – The first meeting of the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) Committee was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 9 to 10 February to discuss work plans and priorities for the next two years, including identifying interested ASEAN Member States who will undertake the referencing process to the AQRF. “The AQRF is [...]