A Special Session of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Focusing on Sustainable Development was convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on24 September 2016 to discuss and develop ways in which ASEAN could contribute to regional and global efforts in promoting sustainable development. In this connection, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers recalled the importance of individual and collective efforts to achieve the twin goals of implementing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and attaining the SDGs, and of realising the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and its Blueprints, to help ensure that no one is left behind.

Recognising that complementarities exist between the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, the Ministers exchanged views on how such complementarities could be enhanced to promote further progress in pursuing sustainable development and community-building in tandem. The Ministers agreed that it would be useful for ASEAN to play a value-added role in contributing to sustainable development efforts at the national and global levels, while bearing in mind resource constraints and the need to avoid duplication of effort.

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