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ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting with The Secretary-General of The United Nations and The President of The 67TH Session of The UN General Assembly

by Duangkamol Buranasomphop

 ASEAN Foreign Ministers



The ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting, or AUMM) was held on 28 September 2012 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia; H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations; and H.E. Mr. Vuc Jeremic, the President of the 67th UN General Assembly. H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN, was also in attendance.

This was the first AUMM since the adoption of the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Partnership between ASEAN and the UN at the 4th ASEAN-UN Summit in Bali last November. In this regard, the AUMM participants reviewed the implementation of the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Partnership, based on the joint report by the Secretariats of ASEAN and the UN. They also held discussions on the preparations for, as well as key issues to be raised at, the forthcoming 5th ASEAN-UN Summit, which is scheduled to take place in Phnom Penh on 20 November 2012.. The participants welcomed the institution of a process of regular dialogue between the Secretariats of the two Organizations and called on them to further enhance their cooperation as called for in the Joint Declaration.

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. The President of the General Assembly spoke about the priorities of the United Nations during the current session of the General Assembly, which is focusing on the theme, “adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations by peaceful means.

ASEAN Ministers informed the meeting that, as part of the international community, ASEAN was determined to contribute to, and be part of the solution of global challenges currently at hand, including by promoting with the UN the values of moderation as espoused by the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM). The United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly reaffirmed the readiness of the United Nations to work closely with ASEAN to enhance ASEAN’s capacity to fulfill these objectives, in particular through concrete collaborative activities to be undertaken within the framework of the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Partnership.

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 67th Session of the UN General Assembly, including education, global health, climate change, disaster management, conflict resolution, human rights, global financial crisis, sustainable development and post-2015 agenda, peacekeeping operations, and the peace-building.

Duangkamol Buranasomphop

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