Focusing on 'The ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations', ASEAN 19 will review the achievements since the 18th ASEAN Summit in May and discuss the construction of the ASEAN Community, ASEAN’s international role, strengthening ASEAN’s central role in the region, and maintaining an environment of peace, stability and co-operation.
During the Summit, ASEAN leaders and partners will discuss orientations to boost co-operation between ASEAN and its partners and exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual concern.
ASEAN member countries are taking part in ASEAN 19 with excitement and a strong belief in a united, co-operative and prosperous future for the association. In spite of the economic and political chaos in many areas around the world, the South East Asian region generally remains politically stable, gradually recovering from the economic downturn and recording positive development.
ASEAN has proved to be a successful, actively developing regional association, continuously enhancing its relationship with partners and actively promoting a new regional structure, in which ASEAN will play the central role.
The 18th ASEAN Summit involving ten member countries wrapped up successfully in Indonesia earlier this year, with positive results.
As the ASEAN Chair in 2011, Indonesia has enhanced the implementation of the association’s common targets, boosting initiatives to build an ASEAN of unity, consolidation, peace and development rightfully deserving its position in the international arena.
At the 18th ASEAN Summit, the leaders adopted important joint statements setting orientations for the association’s development, including Joint Statements on the ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations; the Establishment of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation; and Enhancing Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons in Southeast Asia.
The success of the 18th ASEAN Summit helped member countries grow closer on issues of mutual concern, tightening their relationship and co-operation in resolving issues within the association, in Asia and the world. It also strengthened ASEAN’s position in the global arena by widening and boosting external relations and enhancing the associaion’s international role.
These ties are essential in the complicated, changeable situation in the region and the world as ASEAN faces a number of challenges in its development, including non-traditional security problems, natural disasters, climate change and transnational crime.
The ten ASEAN member countries and their partners will participate in a series of summits, including ASEAN Plus One; the 14th ASEAN Plus Three; the Commemorative Summit Marking the 20th Anniversary of ASEAN - China Dialogues; the 4th ASEAN – United Nations Summit; the 6th East Asia Summit; the Japan – Mekong River Basin Countries Summit; and the 3rd ASEAN-US Summit.
ASEAN’s partners continue to appreciate the association and have committed to help build the ASEAN Community, in addition to affirming ASEAN’s central role in the new regional structure.
ASEAN leaders are expected to sign the “ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations” declaration and approve a number of important documents to set an orientation for ASEAN co-operation. It is anticipated that ASEAN leaders and some of their partners will also adopt and sign other related documents.
After Vietnam’s achievements during its term as the 2010 ASEAN Chair, Prime Minister Dung and the Vietnamese delegation will participate actively and responsibly in the Indonesian summits to strengthen ASEAN unity, promote the ASEAN Community, and boost ASEAN’s relationship with its partners, as well as its central role in the region, thereby enhancing the environment of peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region.
Through these summits, Vietnam also expects to strengthen its role and position, and promote bilateral relations with its partners. It also aims to reaffirm the breakthroughs achieved during its renewal process and integrate more deeply into the region and the world.
May ASEAN 19 and the related summits achieve great success, reinforcing ASEAN solidarity, laying a firm foundation for realising set targets, and strengthening the relationship between ASEAN, its partners and dialogue sites, thereby maintaining ASEAN’s central role in the new regional structure for peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region and the world.