JAKARTA, 4 December 2014 – The Framework Agreement for Cooperation (FAC) between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was signed yesterday at the ASEAN Secretariat. H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, signed the document on behalf of ASEAN while Mr. Daniel Toole, Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific signed for UNICEF.

The ASEAN-UNICEF FAC sets the course of cooperative actions between ASEAN and UNICEF for the next five years and beyond. It aims to pursue their common goals of ensuring sustainable survival, growth, full development and participation of children in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals, as well as the global post-2015 development agenda.

Speaking at the signing, Secretary-General Minh appreciated the efforts by both sides in finalising the document. He encouraged the UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific to work closely with concerned ASEAN bodies and the ASEAN Secretariat on a concrete action plan to realise the FAC. He also stressed the importance of a sustainable approach to ASEAN-UNICEF cooperation through the pursuance of multi-year programmes and mobilisation of stable funding resources to implement joint activities.

Mr. Daniel Toole highlighted the importance the UNICEF attaches to its cooperation with ASEAN and reaffirmed the commitment to work with ASEAN on the promotion of the rights of children. Both sides concurred that the implementation of the FAC should support the goals that are set for the newly adopted ASEAN-UN Work Plan for 2015, complement other framework agreements concluded between ASEAN and other UN Agencies, and contribute to the planning of ASEAN-UN cooperation in the post-2015 period.

The ASEAN-UNICEF FAC is the second framework agreement that ASEAN has concluded with an UN Agency after the entry into force of the ASEAN Charter in 2008. ASEAN had earlier signed the Framework of Agreement for Cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in December 2013.