PARIS, 10 May 2016 – H.E. Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Irena Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris yesterday. DSG Vongthep introduced the latest developments in ASEAN including the establishment of the ASEAN Community in 2015 and new directions that ASEAN will take in accordance with ASEAN Vision 2025.

Ms. Bokova expressed her pleasure on the progress of the Framework Agreement for Cooperation between ASEAN and UNESCO, particularly in areas that contribute to improving the quality of life, strengthening people-to-people contact, and promoting human and social development. In this regard, she welcomed the results of ASEAN-UNESCO cooperative activities in education, environment, climate change, the sciences, information, cultural heritage and intercultural dialogue.

Ms. Bokova also appreciated ASEAN’s active role in supporting other United Nations’ agenda. She was informed of the inputs that ASEAN has put forward to synergise efforts in the implementation of the ASEAN Vision 2025 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Both sides expressed keen interest and commitments to expand the cooperation and dialogue between ASEAN and UNESCO. They agreed to jointly conduct the review of the Framework Agreement, and identify areas where ASEAN and UNESCO can further advance its dialogue and cooperation in the future.

Mrs Bokova noted that ASEAN will celebrate its 50 Anniversary in 2017 and agreed that both sides shall explore a joint activity to mark this significant milestone.