ASEAN – EU Dialogue on Sustainable Development
As the Country-Coordinator on ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations and ASEAN Coordinator on Sustainable Development Cooperation, Thailand will host the ASEAN - EU Dialogue on Sustainable Development: Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on 17 November 2017 at Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, Bangkok. H.E. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, and H.E. Mr. Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission, will co-chair the meeting which also be attended by H.E. Mr. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN.
The objective of this Dialogue is to be a platform for dialogue between ASEAN and EU on sustainable development. The event stems from the 21st ASEAN - EU Ministerial Meeting in October 2016 which will be held to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of ASEAN and the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN - EU Relations in 2017. The Dialogue will bring together high-level officials from the 38 member countries of ASEAN and the EU, as well as representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat and international agencies including UNESCAP, UNDP, UN Women, UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), and the World Bank.
The Dialogue will emphasise three thematic areas as follow (1) the role of regional integration in promoting economic growth and narrowing development gaps, which adheres to a people-centered approach and to ensure that no one is left behind (2) addressing the challenges of climate change and promoting green growth, and (3) gender mainstreaming in the sustainable development process.
The Dialogue includes a (1) High-Level segment for high-level representatives to deliver statements on sustainable development (2) Senior Officials' sessions for ASEAN and EU speakers to exchange views on the above mentioned thematic areas, and a (3) Joint Press Conference by the Co-Chairs discussing cooperation on sustainable development to support ASEAN and EU member countries' efforts in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
The event's agenda is available here.
SWITCH-Asia at the EU-ASEAN Dialogue
Information about SWITCH-Asia, its contribution to the EU-ASEAN cooperation as well as to the Agenda 2030 will be available on Friday, 17 November, at a dedicated SWITCH-Asia booth in the event's exhibition area. The SWITCH-Asia Network Facility Team Leader, Dr. Uwe Weber, will be present to interact with guests and visitors.