The ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, or the ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting (AUMM), was held on 26 September 2013 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Meeting was chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam. H.E. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations; H.E. John Ashe, President of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly; other ASEAN Foreign Ministers and their representatives, as well as the Secretary-General of ASEAN were also in attendance.
This was the second AUMM since the adoption of the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Partnership between ASEAN and the UN at the 4th ASEAN-UN Summit in Bali in November 2011. The Meeting reviewed the progress in the implementation of the Joint Declaration, based on the Joint Report submitted by the Secretariats of ASEAN and the UN and recommendations of the ASEAN-UN Preparatory Senior Officials’ Meeting, which was held on 23 September 2013. The Meeting noted with satisfaction the continued dialogue and consultation between the Secretariats of the two Organisations and encouraged them to further enhance their cooperation, coordination and liaison functions as mandated in the Joint Declaration.
The United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to work closely with ASEAN towards their common goals as set out in the Joint Declaration, including attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and support for ASEAN Community building. The ASEAN Foreign Ministers reiterated ASEAN’s strong commitment to contribute constructively to the work of the UN and strengthen the ASEAN-UN Partnership in maintaining regional and international peace and security.
The Meeting also exchanged views on regional and international matters, that are of common concern and interest to ASEAN and the UN, including among others, development agenda towards 2015 and beyond, the situation in Syria, peace process in the Middle East, in particular the issue of Palestine, disarmament, conflict prevention, peacekeeping, rule of law, human rights, counter-terrorism, international migration, disaster management and response, food and energy security, and sustainable development. The Meeting also looked forward to the upcoming 5th ASEAN-UN Summit, which is scheduled to take place on 10 October 2013 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.