WE, the Heads of State or Government of the Members States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (hereinafter referred to as “ASEAN”), namely Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, on the occasion of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines, on 13 November 2017;

REAFFIRMING our commitment to implementing the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, and pursue the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, of which Goal 3 calls for strengthened capacity of all countries in health risk reduction and management; the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030); ASEAN-UN Joint Strategic Plan of Action on Disaster Management (2016-2020) as well as the World Health Assembly Resolutions WHA64.10 Strengthening National Health Emergency and Disaster Management Capacities and Resilience of Health Systems;

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