Bao Ngoc reports. As the ASEAN 2020 Chair, guided by its chosen theme “Responsive and Cohesive”, Vietnam will build on the achievements and efforts of previous ASEAN Chairs and work with fellow members to identify the future directions for the ASEAN Community until 2025 and beyond, Phuc said. The 36th ASEAN Summit, done via video conferencing, was held on 26 June with the theme, “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN,” which sought to review current initiatives and explore new avenues for enhanced cooperation — all meant to strengthen regional capacity to address challenges posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Under the theme of Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN in 2020, we underscored the need to enhance ASEAN’s unity, cooperation and This shall be done by consolidating ASEAN’s solidarity and unity, fostering stronger cohesion and mutual support among member states, improving the co-ordination of ASEAN positions in addressing regional and international issues, promoting the formulation and observance of common rules and norms of conduct in the relations among states, and thereby allowing ASEAN to respond to any threats to regional peace, security and stability. Against this backdrop, the Lecture elaborates on the theme “Cohesive and Responsive” and priorities that Viet Nam will put forward under the ASEAN Chairmanship 2020. 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At the same time, disparities in economic development among member states and demands for deeper integration in a new phase of development require suitable economic policies. The process would also include sustained efforts to narrow development gaps, build a quality workforce and improve social services for our citizens. ... there will be much to observe in ASEAN in 2020 and Vietnam is uniquely well placed to move ASEAN forward. The ASEAN People’s Forum 2020 is organised online due to COVID-19. The theme for ASEAN 2020 chosen by Vietnam is “Cohesive and Responsive.” 2020 is very significant to ASEAN in general and Vietnam in particular. About APF 2020. We are confident we will successfully fulfill our mandate as the ASEAN Chair for 2020, and contribute to ushering in a cohesive and responsive ASEAN and realising the ASEAN Community Vision 2025. %PDF-1.5 However, the rise of protectionism and trade friction among major powers are posing challenges and hindering global trade and economic growth. endobj By choosing the theme of 'Cohesive and Responsive' for ASEAN Vietnam 2020, we wish to highlight the decisive role of solidarity and unity in maintaining the sustainability of ASEAN. In this endeavor, Viet Nam is enjoying the support from fellow ASEAN member states, partners and friends, and the participation of all central and local agencies and most notably the entire Vietnamese people. Published. This would help advance ASEAN’s status and reinforce its centrality in the region and the world. By choosing the theme of “Cohesive and Responsive” for ASEAN Vietnam 2020, we wish to highlight the decisive role of solidarity and unity in maintaining the sustainability of ASEAN. The resilience of ASEAN today bears the mark of Viet Nam’s tireless effort in cultivating the solidarity and unity that enabled ASEAN to surmount times of hardship and adversity. How has this theme been translated into action this year? Ha Noi, Viet Nam. This year is a “once-in-a-lifetime” period in the 21st century decades, when the COVID-19 forced everything and everyone to stop. Prior to this year’s ASEAN Chairmanship, Việt Nam hosted the 6, After stepping aboard the ship that is ASEAN in 1995, Việt Nam and fellow ASEAN member states have together bravely sailed through turbulent high seas. About the Speaker. To translate the theme 'Cohesive and Responsive' into reality, Việt Nam has identified five key priorities for our ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020, as follows. This involves extensive economic integration and comprehensive connectivity within ASEAN and between ASEAN with its partners, and sustainable and inclusive economic, financial and social development grounded on innovation and the use of digital and novel technologies. With this landmark, the preparation for our Chairmanship has progressed in all dimensions, from working agendas, protocol, communications and culture, logistics, to security and healthcare. <> ASEAN, located at the centre of a vast area connecting the Indian and Pacific Oceans, is facing novel opportunities and challenges. Addressing the opening ceremony of the 53rd ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings (AMM-53) in September, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed that cohesive and responsive is not merely the theme of ASEAN 2020. By. Toward a “Cohesive and Responsive” Region: Vietnam’s Priorities and Challenges for Its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020 Article Vietnam’s ASEAN chairmanship in 2020 is particularly important in the transition year focusing on strengthening ASEAN's sustainable cohesion, both in political and security issues and in economic and social matters. Over the years, the dream of an ASEAN uniting the 10 Southeast Asian nations under its banner has become a reality. <>/ExtGState<>/XObject<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI] >>/MediaBox[ 0 0 612 792] /Contents 4 0 R/Group<>/Tabs/S/StructParents 0>> The theme of Viet Nam’s ASEAN Chairmanship 2020 – Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN – reflects the spirit of “Thinking as a Community, Acting for Community” in response to the challenges and opportunities ahead. Thus, ASEAN needs to maximise the opportunities, address challenges and avoid falling behind to maintain sustainable growth. As both the ASEAN Chair for 2020 and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021, Việt Nam has opportunities to showcase its role in the region and the world. The voice of the ASEAN Community is growing in importance in the evolving regional architecture and with regards to major international issues. endobj For ASEAN, this is an important watershed year for the mid-term review of the implementation of the ASEAN Community Blueprint in 2015 - 2025. VNS. KUALA LUMPUR: Asean leaders today adopted the Asean Leaders’ Vision Statement on A Cohesive and Responsive Asean: Rising Above Challenges And … We, the Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States, gathered for the 36th ASEAN Summit on 26 June 2020. Editor_In_Chief: Trinh Thanh Thuy Only a cohesive and advanced ASEAN Community can effectively respond to external influences and responsiveness will allow ASEAN to strengthen its cohesion, enhancing its overall capacities. The theme “A Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN” for Viet Nam’s Chairmanship is so pertinent given the challenges faced. Reality has proven that to persevere and respond effectively to turmoil in the region and the world, ASEAN needs to maintain solidarity and unity, bolster economic resilience, enhance its rapid responsiveness to emerging challenges, and foster innovation, initiative and reinvention to drive itself forward. Third, to foster the ASEAN sense of community and identity by cultivating a set of ASEAN shared values and instilling these values among ASEAN's people, promoting an awareness and identity of an ASEAN Community united in diversity, and popularising the image of the ASEAN Community in the region and the world. ASEAN Studies Centre. ASEAN members have also been striving for new heights, harnessing the benefits of the fourth Industrial Revolution by adopting new technologies such as AI and cutting-edge robotics. Under the theme “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN,” Vietnam’s Prime Minister and ASEAN’s Chair Nguyen Xuan Phuc convened the 36 th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit via teleconference, the first in ASEAN’s more than half-a-century of existence, on the 26 th of June 2020 in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The resilience of ASEAN today bears the mark of Viet Nam’s tireless effort in cultivating the solidarity and unity that enabled ASEAN to surmount times of hardship and adversity. Only a cohesive and advanced ASEAN Community may effectively respond to external influences, whereas responsiveness would allow ASEAN to further strengthen its cohesion, thereby enhancing its overall capacities. Tel: 84-24-39332316; Fax: 84-24-39332311 E-mail: 1 0 obj CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT OF THE 36TH ASEAN SUMMIT 26 JUNE 2020 COHESIVE AND RESPONSIVE ASEAN 1. Tuesday, 17 December 2019 – The 21 st ASEAN Lecture, “Viet Nam’s ASEAN Chairmanship 2020: Cohesive and Responsive”, was organised by the ASEAN Studies Centre at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute on 17 December 2019. Copyrights 2012 Viet Nam News, All rights reserved .Add:79 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, <>>> We are seeking to add new building blocks to the ASEAN Community building, and achieve synergy between our ASEAN Chairmanship and UNSC non-permanent membership in line with the Politburo’s Resolution 22-NQ/TW dated 10 April 2013 on international integration, and the Secretariat’s Directive 25-CT/TW dated 8 August 2018 on promoting Vietnamese multilateral diplomacy. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc announces “Cohesive and Responsive” as the theme for ASEAN Year 2020 following the 35th ASEAN Summit in Thailand on November 4, 2019. By choosing the theme 'Cohesive and Responsive' for the ASEAN Chairmanship of Viet Nam in 2020, Viet Nam wished to highlight the decisive role of solidarity and unity in maintaining the sustainability of ASEAN.