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ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Post-2025 Strategic Plan Development highlights holistic stakeholder collaboration, partnership


JERUDONG, 29 May 2024 – The 4th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group to Develop the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Post-2025 Strategic Plan was convened on 28 – 29 May in Jerudong, Brunei Darussalam. The meeting was co-chaired by the Lao PDR and Malaysia, attended by all ASEAN Member States as well as Timor-Leste as observer.

 

The meeting reviewed the current draft of the ASCC Post-2025 Strategic Plan which incorporated insights and recommendations from ASCC Sectoral Bodies as well as cross-pillar inputs. Priority was placed on the Strategic Plan’s consistency and alignment to sectoral priorities, and key ASEAN and ASCC adopted documents.

 

In their opening remarks, the Co-Chairs Khamphou Phiasackha, Deputy Director-General of Planning and International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism of the Lao PDR and Dr. Christina Yeo Ken Yin, Under Secretary, International Relations Division (Culture), Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Malaysia commended the progress made in developing the current draft of the ASCC Post-2025 Strategic Plan. They encouraged ASEAN Member States to continue to be forthcoming and judicious in their views and contributions during the drafting process.

 

Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASCC Ekkaphab Phanthavong underscored the importance of stakeholder engagement in facilitating a comprehensive understanding of the key issues and challenges facing the ASCC context, and considerations needed in shaping the ASCC Post-2025 agenda. He expressed confidence that the results of these engagements will ensure that the ASCC Post-2025 Strategic Plan will capture sectoral realities, challenges, priorities and opportunities which ASCC can leverage and take advantage of in the next 20 years. 

 

Recognising the significance of stakeholder engagement in the development of the ASCC Post-2025 Strategic Plan, the Meeting included a consultation, via video conference and in-person, with selected ASEAN Centres and Entities. The comprehensive discussions delved on megatrends and challenges that will impact the ASCC in the next two decades, explored strategies and approaches to further strengthen collaboration, partnership and cooperation in advancing the ASCC’s goals and objectives, and documented best practices to support the Strategic Plan’s implementation as well as maximising existing mechanisms for resource mobilisation.

 

Representatives from the ASEAN Centre for Climate Change, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue, ASEAN Foundation, ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers, Asian Partnership for Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia,  ASEAN Confederation of Women’s Organisations, ASEAN Centre for Active Ageing and Innovation,  ASEAN Disability Forum, and the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management, were in attendance. The consultation is part of a series of stakeholder engagement activities organised by the ASCC to support the development of the ASCC Post-2025 Strategic Plan.

 

The 5th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group to Develop the ASCC Post-2025 Strategic Plan is planned to take place in July 2024 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. A similar stakeholder consultation with ASEAN accredited Civil Society Organisations will also be conducted in conjunction with the Meeting.

 

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