44th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting

The 44th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) held on 19 July 2011 in Bali, Indonesia, under the theme of “ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations” to be achieved  by 2015  was chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa, as the Chair of ASEAN in 2011.

Highlighting ASEAN’s Community building efforts, President Yudhoyono underlined several pertinent agendas, among others:

  1. the  peaceful  resolution of internal disputes and paving  the way for the launching of an ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation;
  2. to immediately finalize the Guidelines on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in  the South China Sea (DOC) and commence the discussion of identifying elements of a regional code of conduct (COC);
  3. to continue to  engage and  encourage the Nuclear Weapon States to accede, at the earliest, to the Protocol of the Treaty on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone;
  4. to ensure ASEAN as a driving force in the  regional architecture; maximizing its role in building peace and stability in the region and in the wider region;
  5. meaningful cooperation with its external partners, in particular, on the promotion of peace, cooperation and stability, disaster relief management, people smuggling and trafficking in persons;
  6. to lend support for Timor-Leste’s intention to become a member of ASEAN;
  7. to  realize a people-centred ASEAN by further enhancing people-to-people contact through the power of technology;
  8. Improving the quality of life to the people in the region and to develop a “locally integrated and globally connected” ASEAN Connectivity as well as reaffirming a vision of ASEAN Community in A Global Community of Nations.

Roadmap of ASEAN Community-Building

  • Wide-ranging activities and programs developed and set in motion, including those in cooperation with ASEAN’s Dialogue and External Partners.
  • to implement the commitments and to achieve the targets set in the updated list of ASEAN Community Building – Annual Targets of 2011.
  • finalization of the Rules of Procedure for Conclusion of International Agreements by ASEAN and Rules of Procedure for the Interpretation of the ASEAN Charter.
  • to finalize the remaining Rules for Reference of Non-Compliances to the ASEAN Summit.
  • to consider the establishment of an ASEAN legal committee.

ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) expressed to redouble the efforts by ensuring timely implementation to achieve results on:

  • Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia
  • Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping Cooperation
  • Good Governance
  • ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights
  • Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ) Treaty
  • South China Sea
  • ASEAN Security Outlook (ASO)
  • Defence and Security Cooperation
  • ASEAN Common Visa
  • Biennial Review of the APSC Blueprint

ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) intensifying the efforts in intra-ASEAN economic integration and implementation of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan II, and Strategic Plan of Action for ASEAN Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Development 2010-2015, and in strengthening efforts to forge equitable economic development  to achieve the AEC by 2015.

 ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) set priority areas for 2011 to strengthen cooperation such as disaster management, communicable diseases, persons with disabilities, women and children, migrant workers, environmental issues, advancing and prioritizing education, culture, sports and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other people-oriented activities.

 Narrowing the Development Gap to remain committed to share the benefits so that all Member States and every segment of society benefit from ASEAN’s integration in achieving a more balanced, inclusive, and sustained ASEAN Community.

 Engagement and Participation of the People through public awareness of ASEAN and sense of ownership and belonging to ASEAN through the Use of the ASEAN Flag.

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