New York, USA, 27 September 2011

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The ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (AUMM) was held on 27 September 2011 in New York, U.S.A. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Dr. R. M. Marty M. Natalegawa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia; H.E. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations; and H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the President of the 66th UN General Assembly. H.E. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN, was also in attendance.

The AUMM noted with appreciation the development of the mutually beneficial ASEAN-UN cooperation. The AUMM participants reviewed the implementation of the six action points contained in the Co-chairs’ Statement of the 3rd ASEAN-UN Summit in Ha Noi in October 2010, and held discussions on the preparations for the forthcoming 4th ASEAN-UN Summit, which is scheduled to take place in Bali on 19 November 2011. They also discussed key issues to be raised at the Summit. The participants welcomed the institution of a process of regular Secretariat-to-Secretariat dialogue and called on the two Secretariats to further enhance their cooperation.

The AUMM discussed ways and means of enhancing ASEAN-UN collaboration, particularly the endeavors to elevate ASEAN-UN partnership through a Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Partnership between ASEAN and the UN. The draft Joint Declaration is expected to be endorsed by ASEAN Leaders and the UN Secretary-General at the 4th ASEAN-UN Summit, in Bali, Indonesia on 19 November 2011.

The AUMM was briefed by the ASEAN Chair on the continuing efforts of ASEAN to establish the ASEAN Community by 2015.

The AUMM was also briefed by the United Nations Secretary-General on the Organization’s global and regional priorities, and by the President of the General Assembly on the priorities of the United Nations during this session of the General Assembly. In this regard, ASEAN commended the priorities outlined by them. In particular, the theme proposed by the President of the UN General Assembly, “The Role of Mediation in the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes,” as well as others proposed by the Secretary-General in the areas of disaster management, peaceful settlement of disputes, and enhancing common prosperity coincided with efforts already being undertaken by ASEAN.

ASEAN informed the meeting that as part of the international community, ASEAN was determined to contribute to the solution of global challenges and to be part of the solutions, and that, accordingly, ASEAN was developing a common ASEAN platform on global issues with the following characteristics:

  • A more coordinated, cohesive, and coherent ASEAN position on global issues of common interest and concern, based on a shared ASEAN global view, which would further enhance ASEAN’s collective voice in relevant multilateral forums.
  • An enhanced ASEAN capacity to contribute and respond to key global issues of common interest and concern which would benefit all ASEAN Member States and its peoples.
  • A strengthened ASEAN Community centered on ASEAN as a rules-based organization, with the ASEAN Charter as foundation, while upholding the fundamental principles, values and norms of ASEAN.
  • A strengthened capacity of the ASEAN Secretariat so that it is able to support the vision and development of the ASEAN Community in a global community of nations.

The United Nations reaffirmed its readiness to work closely with ASEAN to enhance ASEAN’s capacity to fulfill these objectives.

The Meeting also discussed various regional and international issues, particularly those of common concern and interest to ASEAN and the UN that are on the agenda of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly, such as climate change, disaster management, maritime security and anti-piracy, conflict resolution, global financial crisis, global movement of moderate voices, sustainable development (MDGs), “delivering as one”, peacekeeping operation and post-conflict peace building, human rights, and health.