The Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) were affected early in the 2020 outbreak of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Thailand identified the first case on 13 January 2020. ASEAN Member States (AMS) and institutions responded rapidly, putting numerous measures and restrictions in place well before the World Health Organization (WHO) [...]
As tasked by the ASEAN Political‐Security Community (APSC) Council in November 2019, the ASEAN Coordinating Conference for Political‐Security Community (ASCCO) undertook the Mid‐Term Review of the APSC Blueprint 2025. The review exercise is likewise stipulated in the APSC Blueprint 2025, which states that progress of implementation shall be reviewed mid‐way into the Blueprint’s term, in [...]
Since its emergence, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted global air transport. In the six months since March 2020, when the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, total international seat capacity within ASEAN declined by more than 45%. Aircraft movements also reduced by 44% over the same period.
Undocumented women and children are often vulnerable to being behind. ASEAN Member States (AMS) are making significant progress in promoting the inclusion of vulnerable groups for the attainment and maintenance of sustainable development. This is being applied by, among other actions, increasing the recognition of the legal identity of women and children, primarily through extending [...]
At the 21st ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Plus Three Consultations held in August 2018, the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Ministers agreed to carry out a Joint Study on “10+3 Cooperation for Improvement of Supply Chain Connectivity (SCC)”. The launch of the Joint Study was announced at the sidelines of the 21st APT Summit in November [...]
Global warming has accelerated since 1960 and is likely to intensify. While the relationship between climate change and weather events is still a frontier in science, the increase in global temperatures have been associated with increased frequency and severity of weather events globally. Climate change, if unmitigated, may worsen, with global temperatures projected to rise [...]