JAKARTA, 11 April 2018 – ASEAN and the UN reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen their partnership at the interface between the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) and UN Senior Officials held yesterday at the ASEAN Secretariat. The meeting was co-chaired by Singapore’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN and Chair of the CPR, Ambassador Tan Hung Seng, and UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Miroslav Jenča.

The interface noted the areas of cooperation across the three ASEAN Community pillars and underscored the need to step up cooperation to address transnational security challenges, enhance prevention of violent extremism, women empowerment, achieve sustainable development goals, and integrate the regional and global community in an increasingly digital world so that no one is left behind.

Both sides also agreed to continue working in promoting convergence between ASEAN’s Culture of Prevention and the UN Secretary-General’s emphasis on prevention. Regional and international issues of concern such as the situation in Rakhine State, South China Sea and Korean Peninsula were also discussed.

In his remarks, Ambassador Tan noted that ASEAN and the UN are both committed to upholding the fundamental principles of sovereign equality, respect for international law, and a rules-based international and regional order for a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous global community. Ambassador Tan also stressed that the ASEAN-UN partnership had to be nimble and continue to identify new areas of cooperation, in order to advance the partnership.

Ambassador Miroslav Jenča underscored the importance of ASEAN-UN cooperation and stressedthat the challenges of an increasingly interconnected world required integrated responses from multilateral and regional organisations, and so expanded and deepened cooperation with regional partners, such as ASEAN, was key for the delivery of the UN’s mandate.

The interface highlighted that the ASEAN-UN Plan of Action adopted in 2016 would continue to be the key instrument for advancing engagement between ASEAN and the UN and to realise the goals of ASEAN Vision 2025 for “a people-centered and people-oriented ASEAN” and the UN 2030 Agenda’s aim to “leave no one behind.”

Since its inception in 2015, the interface has continued to provide an avenue for the CPR to interact with Senior Officials from various UN agencies to discuss issues of common concern affecting the region and possible areas of future cooperation.