The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with His Excellency Mr. Pham Gia Khiem, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, serving as Chairman of ASEAN and with the participation of Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN, His Excellency Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA) and His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, met at the United Nations Headquarters on 24 September 2010. This meeting is an annual event which provides an opportunity for the ASEAN Foreign Ministers, the PGA and the Secretary-General of the United Nations to exchange views on matters of mutual interest. As such, it represents the growing close cooperation between regional organizations and the United Nations.
The meeting was briefed by the ASEAN Chair on developments in ASEAN in relation to the implementation of the ASEAN Charter and the process of building the ASEAN Community by 2015.
The meeting was 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.
The meeting stressed the importance of continuing to nurture and strengthen an effective partnership between ASEAN and the United Nations, which enables both Organisations to tacklechallenges facing South-East Asia and the world. The participants recalled that the 2007 Memorandum of Understanding on ASEAN-UN cooperation provided a sound framework for increased cooperation between ASEAN and the United Nations in various areas, and expressed their commitment to continuing to carry forward this cooperation in the context of ASEAN’s enhanced role in order to address together global and regional issues.
The participants held constructive and extensive discussions on a number of key issues of common concern on the agenda of the 65th session of the General Assembly such as the Millennium Development Goals and challenges facing the region.
The meeting discussed the preparations for the 3rd ASEAN-UN Summit to take place in Ha Noi on 29 October 2010, and the key issues to be discussed at the Summit. The participants called on the Secretariats of ASEAN and the United Nations to continue to develop a strategy for enhancing cooperation, which they hoped could be given further direction by the Ha Noi Summit.
The meeting agreed to hold another ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting on the margins of the 66th Session of the General Assembly.