JAKARTA, 30 MAY 2018 – ASEAN and Norway reaffirmed their resolve to further strengthen their partnership by exploring practical cooperation in a number of mutually beneficial areas.

At the 3rd Meeting of the ASEAN-Norway Joint Sectoral Cooperation Committee (AN-JSCC) held at the ASEAN Secretariat on 28 May 2018, both sides suggested a number of possible areas for future collaboration including marine environment and blue economy, climate change, renewable energy, biodiversity and the narrowing of the development gap in ASEAN.

ASEAN and Norway also noted with satisfaction the progress in existing cooperation following the inception of the partnership three years ago. The meeting discussed extensively the completed, ongoing, and planned projects in implementing the Priority Plan for ASEAN-Norway Sectoral Dialogue Partnership. ASEAN Member States welcomed the support of Norway for activities of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights as well as the development of the ASEAN Judiciaries Portal.

The meeting was co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political-Security Community Department Hoang Anh Tuan and Ambassador of Norway to ASEAN Morten Høglund and  was attended by the members of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway Marianne Hagen also participated in the meeting.