Bali, Indonesia, 19 November 2011

ASEAN-UN cooperation was elevated to new heights at the fourth ASEAN-UN Summit here today, when the Secretary-General of ASEAN’s proposal of closer cooperation between the ASEAN Secretariat and the Secretariat of the UN was endorsed by the Chair of ASEAN, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon.

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mr Najib Tun Razak, also suggested that engagement between the two Secretariats should be held more regularly. “Malaysia supports international dialogue and cooperation to achieve local peace and security”, he said.

Dr Surin Pitsuwan said, “The first ASEAN-UN Summit was held in Bangkok in 2000. Now at the fourth Summit, we are moving our cooperation to a higher plain. A “comprehensive” cooperation will require the two Secretariats to intensify our efforts, widen our cooperation and collaborate more on common challenges relevant to our expanding mandates.”

The meeting also adopted the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Partnership between ASEAN and the United Nations.

ASEAN-UN cooperation currently covers a wide range of areas including finance, climate change, food and energy security, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), disaster management, peace and security, and human rights.