PGMA to attend 16th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi

April 5, 2010 10:33 pm 

MANILA, April 5 — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday confirmed that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will attend the 16th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings scheduled in Hanoi on April 8 to 9.

The President joins other ASEAN Leaders in discussing the Implementation of the ASEAN Charter and Roadmap for the ASEAN Community, ASEAN Connectivity, Sustained Recovery and Development, Climate Change and other global challenges, DFA said.

The Leaders will also exchange views on regional and international issues.

Among Philippine initiatives in the Summit is the offer Manila as host of the Secretariat of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).

The ICHR is the overarching human rights institution in the region, the establishment of which was agreed upon in Cebu during the ASEAN Retreat in 2007. The AICHR was launched at the 15th ASEAN Leaders’ Summit in October 2009.

The Philippines will also support the ASEAN Connectivity Initiative and call on the members of the High Level Task Force to focus on the development of a nautical highway and the use of ICT as a tool for connectivity.

There will also be a meeting between ASEAN Leaders and representatives of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.

ASEAN Heads of State/Government will also call on the President of Vietnam prior to and after the Summit.

The issue of climate change will also be among Philippine priorities at the Summit.

The Philippines will continue to assist in building an ASEAN Community which is resilient to climate change and will call on ASEAN to identify mutual concerns and interests, and agree to engage actively and constructively in the way forward in climate change negotiations, DFA added.

As the chair of the 15th ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management, the Philippines will reiterate its commitment to shepherding the ASEAN Member States towards the operationalization of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response Work Program 2010-2015.

On regional and international issues, the Philippines will seek ASEAN support for the Philippine Presidency of the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in May.

Guided by the principles of the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone, the Review Conference would be an opportunity for ASEAN to act in a concerted manner, DFA said.

With the theme, “Towards the ASEAN Community: From Vision into Action”, the Summit will focus on concrete actions the intergovernmental grouping will take as it continues to build the ASEAN Community by 2015. (PNA)

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