The Philippines Wins 4th ASEAN Youth Video Contest

JAKARTA (June 14th, 2018) – Troy Logramonte Valdehueza of the Philippines has won first place in the 4th ASEAN Youth Video Contest. His video “We Belong” speaks about identity and acceptance of the Lumads people of Mindanao, an indigenous community in the Philippines. In second place, Malaysia’s Risjhen Rajasingam Velsine produced, “We Are More Alike ...
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Inception Meeting to Operationalize the ASEAN Standards and Certification for Experts in Disaster Management (ASCEND) Program

Singapore, June 5th, 2018 – The U.S. Government through the ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS) project convened an inception meeting in Singapore June 4th to 5th to support the efforts of ASEAN’s Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) to operationalize ASEAN Standards and Certification for Experts in Disaster Management ...
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Press Release: Symposium on Single Window: 10 Years of U.S.-ASEAN Cooperation to Enhance Trade Efficiency in ASEAN

For immediate release.   SINGAPORE, June 4, 2018 – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, brought together officials from ASEAN Member States, representatives of the private sector, and officials of foreign governments to review progress in implementing the ASEAN Single ...
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Consultation on a Rules-Based ASEAN: Process of Forging Legal Instruments

Singapore, May 16th, 2018 – The U.S. Government through the ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS) project and in close partnership with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and GIZ supported the ASEAN Secretariat to organize the third “Consultation on a Rules-Based ASEAN” May 16th to 17th ...
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U.S.-Funded Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Hosts ASEAN Entrepreneurs at Inle Lake

The five-day event builds the ASEAN startup ecosystem by accelerating 39 impact enterprises representing all 10 ASEAN member states. INLE LAKE, MYANMAR – Thirty-nine entrepreneurs between ages 20-30 representing Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam are converging for a five-day accelerator event to build Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem together ...
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ASEAN Youth Celebrate Cultural Diversity to Promote Peace and Tolerance through Video Shorts

April 23rd 2018. Following the success of the past three years, the United States Government through ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS project, and in partnership with the ASEAN Foundation, are supporting the 4th ASEAN Youth Video Contest. Designed to enhance youth leadership and civic engagement, the contest is open to all ASEAN citizens between 18 and 30 years ...
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Diverse, Connected, and Empowered – USASEAN Unites Women Leaders

From organizational leaders to entrepreneurs to educators, 38 female leaders representing all ten ASEAN countries united in Jakarta to challenge the future of global leadership. The US Mission to ASEAN hosted the Women’s Leadership Academy for Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) for its fourth year with implementing partner Wedu.  The academy provides a platform for future and current women leaders to ...
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ACWC Regional Guidelines and Procedures to Address the Needs of TIP Victims

Jakarta, Indonesia March 25, 2018 The U.S. Government through the ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS project continues to support ASEAN efforts to coordinate across relevant sectors on the implementation of the ASEAN Convention on Trafficking in Persons (ACTIP) and its ASEAN Plan of Action (APA). In collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN’s Commission on the Promotion and ...
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The ASEAN Science and Technology (S&T) Fellowship 2018/2019 is Now Calling for Applications

Are you a scientist from ASEAN who wants a breakthrough in your career? Are you interested in driving policy debates and data-based decision making to address pressing regional and national level challenges? Would you like to expand your professional network within ASEAN and to learn firsthand how ASEAN works on issues related to science and ...
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The 2018 YSEALI Regional Workshop: Marine Debris Expedition

The 2018 YSEALI Regional Workshop: Marine Debris Expedition Preventing and Combatting Marine Debris in the Seas of Southeast Asia August 4-9, 2018 Jakarta, Indonesia   ANNOUNCEMENT A. PROGRAM OVERVIEW The U.S. Embassy Jakarta and Divers Clean Action seek candidates for the 2018 YSEALI Regional Workshop on Preventing and Combatting Marine Debris in the Seas of ...
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4th Annual ASEAN Youth Video Contest 2018

Application Details   Background and Introduction   The ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) is pleased to announce the 4th Annual ASEAN Youth Video contest focused on the theme of “Youth Celebrating Diversity to Promote a Culture of Peace and Tolerance.” This contest is supported by the ASEAN Foundation and the U.S. Government through ...
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Summer Institute 2017: Trade, Investment, and the Rules of Law in ASEAN January 29th – 30th, 2018

Bali, January 29, 2018. The U.S. Government through the ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS) project is supporting the 10th Summer Institute on “Trade, Investment, and the Rule of Law in ASEAN.” The two-day event has brought together over 70 participants from relevant ASEAN bodies, civil society organizations, private ...
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Workshop on Short Documentary Production and Story Development for ASEAN Filmmakers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: December 5, 2017 Seven-day workshop will bring together emerging filmmakers representing all 10 ASEAN member states to advance their storytelling and technical skills. LUANG PRABANG – Fourteen (14) emerging filmmakers from all ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states will come together for seven days to explore strategies and ...
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State Department Celebrates Fourth Anniversary of Flagship Program for Southeast Asian Leaders

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 3, 2017 On December 3, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) – the State Department’s flagship leadership program in Southeast Asia – will celebrate its fourth anniversary. To mark the occasion, emerging leaders in all ASEAN member countries will implement community service projects, December 1–10, ...
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Passing of Former ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 30, 2017 We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing on November 30 in Bangkok of the great Southeast Asian statesman, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. Dr. Surin was a tireless champion of the Thai people, an eloquent advocate for all of Southeast Asia, and a dear ...
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Chairman’s Statement on the Fourth ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (4th ADMM-Plus)

MANILA, 24 OCTOBER 2017   The Fourth ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (4th ADMM-Plus) was held on 24 October 2017 in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines. The Meeting was chaired by Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, Secretary of National Defence, Philippines. The Meeting was attended by the ten ASEAN Member States and eight ASEAN Dialogue Partners, namely: Australia, the ...
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Remarks by President Trump at 5th U.S.-ASEAN Summit

Philippine International Convention Center Manila, Philippines 2:57 P.M. PHT PRESIDENT TRUMP: President Duterte, distinguished leaders, friends and partners: I’m honored to represent the United States of America at this U.S.-ASEAN Commemorative Summit. We gather today at a time of great promise and great challenge. I speak to you on behalf of 350 million Americans with ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Duterte of the Philippines Before Bilateral Meeting

Remarks by President Trump and President Duterte of the Philippines Before Bilateral Meeting | Manila, Philippines Philippine International Convention Center | 1:04 P.M. PHT PRESIDENT DUTERTE: (In progress.) But on the whole, I think I have so many things to say about (inaudible). I will just summarize (inaudible). We are your ally. We are an important ...
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ASEAN Youth Citizen Journalism Contest: Voicing Awareness on the ASEAN Community through Journalism

November 4th – 9th, 2017. The United States Government, through the ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS project, and in partnership with the ASEAN Foundation is hosting the first ever ASEAN Youth Citizen Journalism contest workshop in Singapore November 4th – 9th. The contest, launched in September, asked young people across ASEAN to write an essay (max 600 words) ...
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ASEAN Youth Citizen Journalism Contest 2017

Application Details The ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) is pleased to announce the 2017 ASEAN Youth Citizen Journalism contest. We are inviting “Citizen Journalists” to submit an essay describing a theme that is important to youth in the ASEAN Community, such as youth entrepreneurship, employment, awareness raising, volunteerism and leadership, and building resilient ...
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The United States Supports Annual Youth Debate on Human Rights for ASEAN Countries

Bangkok, September 7, 2017. On September 6, 2017, The Chargé d’affaires of the United States Mission to ASEAN, Ambassador Daniel Shields, attended the 4th Annual ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Youth Debate awards ceremony at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. A distinguished panel of judges selected the five top youth debaters out of forty ...
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Deadline extended: ASEAN Youth Video Contest Invites Young Filmmakers to Commemorate 50 Years of ASEAN

Deadline is extended to July 8, 2017! The ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual ASEAN Youth Video contest focused on the theme of “What does 50 Years of ASEAN Mean to Youth?” This contest is supported by the U.S. Government through the United States Agency for International ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity: YSEALI TechCamp

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 23, 4pm Jakarta time The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission to ASEAN (USASEAN) announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to implement a two-day “TechCamp” workshop during the week of August 21st in Jakarta, Indonesia, and to support follow-on activities after the workshop. The workshop will bring together 40 ...
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Program Highlight ASEAN-U.S. Science & Technology Fellowship Close-Out Event

ASEAN-U.S Science and Technology (S&T) Fellows and their supervisors from eight Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) convened at the ASEAN Foundation in Jakarta today to celebrate the successes from their Fellowship over the last year. Under the third annual cohort of the S&T Fellowship, these early-career scientists were selected through ...
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Call for Application: 2017 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women

Rapid urbanization is a trend facing many metropolises across the world, but is particularly affecting the ASEAN region, with nearly half of its population living in urban centers. ASEAN comprises some of the largest and fastest growing cities of the world. By 2050 it is projected that the most rural ASEAN country, Cambodia, will have ...
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Statement by Amb. Nina Hachigian at the Bali Democracy Forum IX

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian at the Bali Democracy Forum IX Thursday, December 8, 2016 Bali, Indonesia Mr. Vice Minister, esteemed delegates, let me begin by offering my thanks to Indonesia. Sincerest thanks to the Minister for this opportunity and please accept our deepest condolences for the losses in Aceh. The United ...
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Press Release: United States Announces Winner of 2016 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release SIEM REAP, October 28, 2016 – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with UL, a global safety science organization, announced Dr. Worajit Setthapun of Thailand as the winner of the 2016 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. She was honored ...
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Grow Together in ASEAN “U.S. – ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI”

Jakarta, October 17 – In partnership with Wedu, the U.S. Mission to ASEAN is organizing the U.S. – ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for Young Southeast Asian Leaders (YSEALI) in Jakarta from October 17 to 21, 2016. The U.S. ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI is grateful for support by partners AirAsia, GE, IBM, and Visa. ...
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Statement by the President on the Passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

On behalf of the people of the United States, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, her children and grandchildren, and the people of Thailand on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.  His Majesty the King was a close friend of the United States and a valued partner of many ...
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USAID and YSEALI Announce Top Three Youth Teams in Food Innovation Challenge 2016

BANGKOK, October 3, 2016 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) today announced the top three youth teams to present their technology-based solutions at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology in late October. The YSEALI World of Food Innovation Challenge  invited youth in the region to submit their technology solutions to challenges ...
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2nd Annual ASEAN Youth Video Contest 2016 (Deadline extended to Oct 7)

  Deadline is extended to October 7, 2016 Application Details Background and Introduction The ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual ASEAN Youth Video contest focused on the theme of “volunteerism” in the ASEAN Community. This contest is supported by the U.S. Government through the United States Agency ...
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READOUT of US–ASEAN Summit 2016

Final Transcript U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE: READOUT of US–ASEAN Summit 2016 September 13, 2016/10:00 p.m. EDT   SPEAKERS: Nina Hachigian, U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Cynthia Gire, Bureau of Public Affairs PRESENTATION Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by.  Welcome to the US–ASEAN Summit conference call.  At this time, all participants are in a ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity: YSEALI Urban Planning and Smart Growth Workshop

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): FY 2017 YSEALI Urban Planning and Smart Growth Workshop U.S. Embassy Singapore Public Affairs Section (PAS) Announcement Type: Cooperative Agreement Funding Amount: Up to USD$250,000.00 Application Deadline: August 29, 2016 Executive Summary: The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Singapore announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement ...
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YSEALI Notice of Funding Opportunity – Brunei Darussalam

Notice of Funding Opportunity U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan Public Affairs Section (PAS) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): 2017 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Generation: Eco-Entrepreneurship Workshop Announcement Type: Cooperative Agreement Funding Amount: Up to $200,000 (pending funding availability) Application Deadline: August 19, 2016 Executive Summary: The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): 2016 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Women’s Leadership Academy

Notice of Funding Opportunity   U.S. Mission to ASEAN Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): 2016 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Women’s Leadership Academy   Application Deadline:  July 20, 2016, 6pm Jakarta time Executive Summary: The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission to ASEAN announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to develop ...
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Ambassador Hachigian’s Independence Day Celebration Remarks

Good evening!  It is delightful to see all of you. I am really going to miss Ambassador Blake, Ibu Sofia and their wonderful daughters.  This is a bittersweet night–a wonderful birthday party for our nation, but also the beginning of saying goodbye to a great Ambassador and great friends. Bob has the privilege of working ...
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Call for Application: ASEAN–U.S. Science Prize for Women

The U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. Mission to ASEAN, in partnership with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and UL, aim to strengthen ASEAN science and technical capacity through an annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women (“Prize”). The 2016 Prize will provide a promising, ASEAN-based, early to mid-career woman scientist whose research focuses ...
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Ambassador Nina Hachigian’s Remarks at the 4th Maritime Institute of Malaysia South China Sea Conference

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The Connectivity of Common Rules in the South China Sea Thank you to MIMA and its Director General First Admiral Dato Chin Yoon Chin for inviting me today, and to Vice Admiral Dato’ Kamarulzaman for moderating this panel. The Importance of Norms, Rules and Standards Today I’m going to talk about maritime ...
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ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program

Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented through a partnership between the Royal University of Phnom Penh and the University Kebangsaan Malaysia, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Youth Volunteer Program (AYVP) closed a month of activities to develop skills as eco-leaders and volunteers in Phnom Penh on Friday, August ...
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Finalists from the 2015 ASEAN Youth Video Contest

The finalists from the 2015 ASEAN Youth Video Contest share their perspectives on what the ASEAN Community means to youth and were selected to join a video production workshop in Singapore last month on the basis of draft storyboards they submitted for the initial round of the contest.  During the training, they learned production techniques ...
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ASEAN Youth Video Contest 2015

Section 1. Background and Introduction The ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) is pleased to announce a video contest entitled “What does the ASEAN Community Mean to Youth?” This contest is supported by the U.S. Government through the U.S Mission to ASEAN and the ASEAN Foundation. We are seeking your creative and inspiring story ...
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ASEAN Apparel, Footwear Entrepreneurs Eye Global Supply Chain

HO CHI MINH CITY – Experts from multi-national companies in Ho Chi Minh City today met 65 entrepreneurs from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam to discuss ways these businesses can better integrate into the global supply chain and be more competitive, especially in the garment and footwear sectors. ...
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ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Promote Regional Marketing Platform and Brand for Inclusive Economic Growth

BANGKOK – More than 40 women entrepreneurs from an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Bangkok yesterday announced a regional product brand and marketing platform called the GREAT Women (Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women) – ASEAN Collection. From its base in the Philippines, this innovative approach and brand is being ...
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South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Visits the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management

Jakarta – Ambassador Nina Hachigian gave her remarks at the inaugural session of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) policy level officers study visit to the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). Ambassador Hachigian highlighted U.S. humanitarian assistance and disaster relief activities in South and Southeast Asia, underscoring ...
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Town Hall Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian @america

Jakarta, Indonesia As prepared for delivery Selamat sore, Good afternoon everyone. Thank you, Ambassador Blake for the kind introduction. I am grateful to be your colleague and honored to work alongside you here in Jakarta. What a pleasure to be at @america with all of you.  I was here yesterday for the first time and ...
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Ambassador Hachigian Engages Young Leaders @america

Jakarta, Indonesia – Ambassador Hachigian’s overview of U.S. engagement with ASEAN stimulated discussion with over 100 young people from Paradamina University, with YSEALI members, and with other exchange program alumni @america in Jakarta Wednesday, December 3.  U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake introduced Ambassador Hachigian, and after Ambassador Hachigian’s remarks, she answered questions and invited ...
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U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Fuchs to Host Twitter Q&A

Mr. Michael Fuchs , Deputy Assistant Secretary of U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, will host a Twitter Q&A “U.S. and ASEAN” on Monday, October 6, 2014. Deputy Assistant Secretary Fuchs is happy to entertain any questions on U.S. perspective on the upcoming EAS Summit and U.S.-ASEAN Summit, and on U.S. – ASEAN cooperation. ...
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USAID Partners Support ASEAN in Preparing for UN Climate Meetings

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Knowledge Network on Climate Change and ASEAN Social Forestry Network held a workshop on Safeguard Information Systems from September 9 to 11 in Jakarta. The Center for People and Forests, the USAID Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests program and USAID Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the ...
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ASEAN-U.S. Fellows promote science-based policy during ASEAN Science and Technology Week

Bogor, Indonesia – Seven ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows (S&T Fellows) joined ASEAN’s Science & Technology Week in Bogor, Indonesia, participating in workhsops and presentations. They also participate in the ASEAN-U.S. Consultation on Science and Technology, attending as part of their year-long fellowship focused on issues related to biodiversity, climate change, disaster risk and reduction, ...
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Media Note: Launch of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Eminent and Expert Persons Group (EEPG)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE On August 9, 2014, Secretary John Kerry and the Foreign Ministers of the Lower Mekong partner countries launched the LMI Eminent and Expert Persons Group at the LMI Ministerial Meeting.  As a first priority, the Ministers tasked the group with finding concrete ways to promote a sustainable future for the ...
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Media Note: The Lower Mekong Initiative Sets Course for 2015-2020

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release                        MEDIA NOTE On August 9, 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry led the United States’ delegation to the Seventh Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. LMI is the region’s only forum for addressing cross-border development and policy challenges facing ...
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Executive Summary of State Dept.’s 2013 Religious Freedom Report

The full text of the State Department’s 2013  International Religious Freedom Report  is available on the State Department website. U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Washington, D.C. International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 Executive Summary History shows that nations that uphold the rights of their people — including the freedom of religion — are ...
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U.S. Organizes Seminar for Myanmar’s Junior Diplomats

NAY PYI TAW – Thirty young diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries completed a five-day seminar July 14-18, 2014 to further refine their understanding of ASEAN and the growing role of the organization in defining issues of concern common to Myanmar and its neighbors. The program, organized by the United States ...
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YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants Competition

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) announced the first Seeds for the Future grants competition, and the grants application process will open onJuly 15 and run until August 1. Applicants are expected to find team members and develop proposals for submission. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to initiatives addressing the four YSEALI themes ...
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US-ASEAN Information Tour for Myanmar Journalists

Jakarta, Indonesia – US Mission to ASEAN, in partnership with US Embassy Rangoon, developed a two-day program form journalists from Myanmar to help them better understand ASEAN, U.S. – ASEAN relations, and the issues which underpin a free, open and professional media environment. On the first day, the seven journalists met with US Mission to ...
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YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants Competition

The Department of State requests proposals from non-profit organizations interested in a cooperative agreement award from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) to manage the  Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)  Seeds for the Future grants competition.  Approximately $750,000.00 will be awarded for the program. The YSEALI Seeds for the Future program will provide ...
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Hagel: Meetings in Singapore Will Build on Relationships

This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on May 30. Washington — At an annual Asia security conference in Singapore that he helped to create while he was a U.S. senator, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will lay out challenges the participating nations face and will meet with many fellow defense leaders to ...
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The Medical Devices Regulatory Harmonization – Region-Wide Training

Singapore – The U.S. Department of Commerce collaborates with U.S. government-funded ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI) project to ensure that ASEAN’s standards-related measures are trade facilitating. Work in this area is designed to include support to ASEAN in adoption and implementation of a directive on medical device regulations. As such, upon request of ...
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Introducing Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative to Indonesian Youth

Jakarta – As a part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) program, launched by President Obama in Kuala Lumpur April 26-28, U.S. Embassy Jakarta hosted an @america event inviting 100 university students to watch the YSEALI Town Hall, where President Obama hosted a Q&A session with YSEALI participants at the University of Malaya.  ...
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Workshop on Rural Electrification with Distributed Renewable Energy

Kuala Lumpur – As ASEAN strives towards establishing an ASEAN Community by 2015, it is important to ensure that such development is sustainable through, among other areas, mitigating greenhouse gas emission thus contributing to global climate change abatement. In support of this idea, the ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment project also sets its goal ...
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Supply Chain Readiness Training Workshop: Integrating into Global Supply Chains: Improving Access to Regional and International Markets for Vietnamese

Ho Chi Minh City – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S.-ASEAN Business Council launched the U.S. – ASEAN Business Alliance for SMEs on March 4, 2014. The Business Alliance mobilizes resources of major U.S. corporations and USAID, particularly the ASEAN Trade and Investment Connectivity (ACTI) project to support the efforts to make ...
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Secretary Hagel Hosts the U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum

April 1-3, 2014 Honolulu, Hawaii U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel discussed military cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) and other regional security issues with ASEAN Defense Ministers and the ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh.  All ten ASEAN Member States participated and noted the important role military assets play in responding to natural ...
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Smart Technology for ASEAN’s Small Business Entrepreneurs

BANDUNG, March 10, 2014 – The development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in ASEAN is critical for development in the ASEAN region.  SMEs account for 96% of all enterprises and between 50 and 85% of domestic employment in ASEAN.  Moreover, supporting SMEs provides a unique opportunity for the economic empowerment of women and young entrepreneurs. ...
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Hagel Assures Malaysian Counterpart of U.S. Commitment to Search

This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on March 18. Washington — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein on March 17 to discuss the ongoing search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. In a statement summarizing the phone call, assistant Pentagon press secretary Carl Woog said Hagel ...
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Court Excellence and Judicial Cooperation Forum 2014

With U.S. Government support, Singapore hosts the first Court Excellence and Judicial Cooperation Forum 2014 for judiciaries in the ASEAN region March 5-7. This Forum serves as a platform to promote knowledge exchange and sharing of best practices in the area of judicial administration and delivery of justice among ASEAN judiciaries and courts.  ASEAN Member States ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Meets Secretary-General of ASEAN

Underlining the importance of U.S. engagement with ASEAN, U.S. Secretary of State Honourable John Kerry today paid a courtesy call on Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh. Secretary Kerry visited ASEAN Headquarters in Jakarta where he engaged Secretary-General Minh and other senior ASEAN Secretariat officials in discussions on U.S.-ASEAN relations and other regional issues ...
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US PACOM Reaffirms Commitment to Deepen Cooperation with ASEAN

The US reaffirmed its commitment to deepen its practical cooperation with ASEAN on areas of mutual interest including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR). “The multilateral exercises that we do with ASEAN provide valuable platforms as it brings in other partner countries to operate closely together, hence contributing not only to regional, but global security,” ...
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Myanmar Attorney General’s Office officials exchanged views with US Experts on commercial law development

Nay Pyi Taw – Myanmar was host to a US-sponsored two-day workshop on commercial law development. Conducted on November 20-21, the workshop demonstrated how commercial law leads to inclusive and sustained economic growth.   Opening the event, the Attorney General emphasized the importance of commercial law development for Myanmar’s development plans. By the end of the workshop, participants had ...
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USAID’s Mobile Solutions Forum: Facing Complex Challenges Through Innovation

Southeast Asia faces a variety of development challenges: climate change, disaster response, governance, food security, and health are just a few.  That these challenges are interdependent and complex is well-known, but how are they best tackled?  USAID does not believe that they can be confronted using traditional development programming. In this spirit, the U.S. Agency ...
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The Mobile Solutions for Development in Asia Award: Challenging the Next Generation

Do you have a mobile service or app that is being used to address a development challenge in Asia? Do you want the opportunity to promote your mobile solution to a broader audience of development and technology professionals? If so, apply for the Mobile Solutions for Development in Asia Award today! The U.S. Agency for International Development ...
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Workshop on Self-Certification of ASEAN Product Origin

Yangon – Around 60 participants attended a two-day workshop in Yangon, Myanmar on November 12 – 13 to better understand ASEAN’s program for self-certification of product origin. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a better understanding of the proposed self-certification scheme and the institutions required to make the system work. The workshop ...
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AHA Center Begins Training with Center for Excellence

Jakarta – Trainers from the PACOM Center for Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DMHA), Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and the Marine Corps University began a five-day training seminar on management planning for the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center). In opening remarks, Ambassador Carden recognized the importance of ...
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Defining Democracy at Paramadina University

Jakarta – Acknowledging that many democracies in the region are “works in progress,” Ambassador Carden and twenty undergraduate international relations students at Paramadina University held a lively discussion on the roles that globalization, human empowerment, education, connectivity, labor, free trade, corruption, tax reform, inequality, and other issues play in the development of democratic systems. The ...
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Ambassador Carden Speaks as a Guest Lecturer in University of Indonesia

Jakarta – An audience of about 25 students and faculty from the University of Indonesia American Studies Graduate Program responded positively to Ambassador Carden’s challenge to consider taking a different approach to tackling the challenges facing Southeast Asia.  Describing U.S. engagement with ASEAN, the Ambassador discussed the important role cooperation amongst all stakeholders will be ...
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USASEAN Announces New ASEAN-U.S. S&T Fellows Program

The U.S. Mission to ASEAN announces the new ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Pilot Program, which is aimed at strengthening capacity for science-based policy-making in ASEAN.  ASEAN scientists will work directly with policymakers in ASEAN Member State ministries to bring the best available science to inform the policymaking process; liaise between government officials and the ...
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100 ASEAN Youth Celebrate USAID-Funder Volunteer Program with Ambassador

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia –Ambassador Carden joined the Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports and the Vice-Chancellor of National University of Malaysia to celebrate the inaugural ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program (AYVP) with 100 volunteers from all 10 Member States.  Grabbing a microphone in a few minutes of down time before the formal program, the Ambassador addressed ...
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Feature on Ambassador in the Straits Times

In this weekend’s Straits Times, a feature article on Ambassador Carden covered the broad U.S. engagement in the region, focusing on the non-traditional security challenges the United States is addressing, including climate change, sustainable urban development, biodiversity conservation, disaster risk management, pandemic preparedness, human and wildlife trafficking, and youth engagement. Read the article here .
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Bloomberg TV Interviews Ambassador Carden

John Dawson interviewed Ambassador Carden on Bloomberg TV’s First Up program (5-minute video linked here:  Bloomberg TV Interview ).  The Ambassador discussed the importance of rules-based systems and high-standards trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, for encouraging business investment and economic growth.  He also emphasized the breadth of U.S. engagement in Southeast Asia.
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Ambassador Carden Speaks on U.S.-ASEAN Relations at ISEAS

Singapore – Ambassador Carden delivered the inaugural lecture at The Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS) ASEAN Studies Center in Singapore today.  The new lecture series focuses on Dialogue Partner Relations in ASEAN.  Former ASEC Secretary General Rodolfo Severino hosted the event, which included audience members from think tanks, the diplomatic corps, consultancy firms, ...
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Ambassador Carden Delivers Panel Remarks at the ASEAN and Asia Forum

Singapore – Ambassador Carden participated in the opening panel “Competition and Cooperation in a Turbulent World” at the 6th ASEAN and Asia Forum, sponsored by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, an independent think tank.  Following a keynote speech by Brunei Second Foreign Minister Pehin Lim Jock Seng, Ambassador Carden delivered remarks on the United ...
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Ambassador Carden Opens the ADMM-Plus CTX Exercise

Sentul, Indonesia: Ambassador Carden joined Indonesia Armed Forces Commander, General Moeldoko, to open the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) Counter-Terrorism Exercise (CTX) today in Sentul, Indonesia.  Indonesia is highlighting the CTX as the world’s biggest counter-terrorism exercise.  Gen Moeldoko said the CTX will develop military capabilities by exchanging best practices and demonstrating tactics, techniques, and ...
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ASEAN Bloggers Seminar to Socialize ASEAN Economic Community 2015

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ASEAN Bloggers Indonesian Chapter organized a one-day Seminar in Jakarta, August 24, 2013. The theme of the event was “ASEAN Connectivity towards ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015: The Role and Contributions of Bloggers and Social Media in facing the ASEAN Economic Integration” which focused on bloggers’ roles for the 2015 ASEAN Economic Community goals ...
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Ambassador Hosts Congressional Delegation and CPR

Ambassador Carden hosted a coffee for the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) in honor of visiting Congressional delegation led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce and  Congressman David Cicilline.  Chairman Royce and Congressman Cicilline and the PRs discussed ASEAN priorities, including economic integration, environmental conservation, wildlife and human trafficking, and youth and education.
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Ambassador Carden Visits the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Bogor, Indonesia – Ambassador Carden visited the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a global non-profit research organization focused on tropical forest management. He exchanged ideas with CIFOR scientists about their multidisciplinary work linking environmental conservation and human well-being.  Ambassador Carden and CIFOR scientists discussed CIFOR’s new integrated program of work linking forests, food security and ...
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ASEAN Integration Through Law

Jakarta – Ambassador David Carden delivered well received remarks as a discussant on a high- level panel presentation on ASEAN integration through the lens of ASEAN’s external legal engagements. Approximately 200 diplomats, scholars, and ASEAN contacts attended the program on ASEAN Governance, Management and External Relations, sponsored by the Center on International Law at the ...
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Brunei-U.S. English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN

Ambassador Carden spoke to an enthusiastic audience of 70 students in the second cohort of the Brunei-U.S. English Language Program at the University of Brunei Darussalam. Representing nine different ASEAN countries, this group is composed of teachers, government workers and diplomats who engaged the Ambassador with questions on ASEAN integration, education, human trafficking, U.S.-ASEAN engagement, ...
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U.S. – ASEAN Business Council Meeting with ASEAN Secretary General

Ambassador Carden and CEOs from ACE insurance, ConocoPhilips, Ernst & Young, Motorola, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Underwriters Laboratories met with ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh June 25.  U.S.-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) Chairman and ACE CEO Evan Greenberg pointed out that with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other agreements, the economic relationship between the United States ...
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ASEAN and Navy Leaders meet onboard USS Blue Ridge

Jakarta – U.S. Mission to ASEAN Ambassador David Carden and U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Scott H. Swift met with ASEAN Representatives from Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, aboard the 7th Fleet command vessel the USS Blue Ridge on June 15, 2013.  The meeting highlighted the U.S. Navy’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening communication ties and building ...
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Panel Discussion on “The Next Phase of U.S. – Southeast Asia Nonproliferation Cooperation”

Thomas Countryman, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, participated in a panel discussion on “The Next Phase of U.S. – Southeast Asia Nonproliferation Cooperation” with Mr. Jose Tavares, the Director of ASEAN Political and Security Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Pratap Prameswaran, the Director of Political and Security ...
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Ambassador Carden Hosts Dinner in honor of Visiting Under Secretary for Political Affairs

US Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden hosted a dinner for the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) in honor of visiting Under Secretary for Political Affairs Ms. Wendy R. Sherman.  Under Secretary Sherman and the PRs discussed ASEAN’s role in promoting a stable and secure regional architecture, and the United States’ continuing support and commitment to ...
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ASEAN Bloggers Festival Indonesia 2013

Second ASEAN Bloggers Festival Indonesian Chapter (ABFI 2013) was held in Solo, Indonesia, from 10 – 12 May 2013. Over 200 bloggers representing all ten ASEAN Member States attended the Festival. This year’s theme was “Re-inventing the Spirit of Cultural Heritage of Southeast Asia,” with the focused on bloggers’ roles for the 2015 ASEAN Economic ...
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Forensic Evidence – Revealing the Unseen Facts

Forensic evidence plays a crucial role in criminal investigations, but it is often present in very small quantities, making it difficult to collect and analyze. Fortunately, new innovative scientific tools and multidisciplinary approaches are being developed here in the ASEAN region to overcome these difficulties. In the latest edition of InnovASEAN, guest blogger Dr. Nathinee Panvisavas of Mahidol University discusses examples ...
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State Department to Release 2012 Human Rights Reports

Secretary Kerry will release the  2012 Human Rights Reports  on Friday, April 19.  He is currently scheduled to deliver his remarks – officially releasing the report to the public – at 14:00 in Washington. The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set ...
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ASEAN Cities Innovate to Tackle Organic Waste

In ASEAN cities, ‘waste management’ is persistently cited as the top challenge faced by local governments. In the latest edition of  InnovASEAN , guest blogger Shom Teoh from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan discusses three cities in ASEAN – Surabaya (Indonesia), Muangklang (Thailand), and North Kuching (Malaysia) – and how they are using ...
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Deputy Secretary of Defense Visits ASEAN

US Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden hosted a dinner for the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) in honor of visiting Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter.  Carter is on a six day trip in the Asia-Pacific region to meet with defense counterparts and assure ally nations of the U.S. commitment to the area.
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Engaging Science Faculty on Public Health in ASEAN

Dr. Montira Pongsiri, Science Advisor at the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, visited with Public Health faculty and students at Thammasat University in Bangkok last week to give a talk and participate in a roundtable discussion on advancing public health and science-based policy making in ASEAN. Discussion topics included mainstreaming of health impact assessment (HIA) tools ...
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Ambassador Hosts Discussion on ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden hosted an interactive discussion on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, featuring U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Fuchs and Mr. Rafendi Djamin from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). The event, held at the @america Culture Center in Jakarta, was well attended by one hundred university students from Universitas Paramadina ...
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Statement by the Chairman of the Association of South East Asian Nations on the Underground Nuclear Test by the Democratic People’s Republic of

The Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) express their deep concern about the effect on regional peace and stability caused by the recent report of an underground nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. ASEAN encourages the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to comply fully with its obligations ...
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Commander of United States Pacific Command (PACOM) Pays Visit to ASEAN Secretariat

JAKARTA, 7 February 2013 – Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, Commander of the United States Pacific Command (PACOM), joined U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David L. Carden in a visit to the ASEAN Secretariat this afternoon to meet with ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh.  The 30-minute meeting covered a wide range of security topics including ASEAN-U.S. ...
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US-ASEAN Business Council Meets New SG

Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh, underscored the importance of engaging the private sector to ensure constructive and timely realization of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015. This was conveyed when SG Minh met with Mr. Alexander Feldmen, President of US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) yesterday at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta. “We are implementing ...
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Amb. Carden hosted welcome reception for incoming ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh

Ambassador David Carden hosted a welcome reception for incoming ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh at his residence on January 29, 2013. The United States was the first ASEAN Dialogue Partner to host such a reception, and used the opportunity to highlight the new Secretary General’s experience in leadership in other multilateral for a such ...
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Announcing the 2013-2014 US-ASEAN Fulbright Initiative for Scholars and Government Officials

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN invite university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, and professional staff of think tanks and other NGOs in ASEAN member nations to travel to the U.S. for scholarly and professional research for three to four (3-4) months on ...
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U.S.-ASEAN Eminent Persons Group (EPG) Meets in Burma

The U.S.-ASEAN partnership took another step forward on September 6 in Yangon when the U.S.-ASEAN Eminent Persons Group (EPG) convened for their second meeting.  During their latest session, the group focused on developing concrete recommendations for enhancing cooperation across all three ASEAN communities.  The U.S. EPG also met with President U Thein Sein in Naypyidaw, and opposition ...
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A Busy Week in Cambodia

July 9-13, 2012 was a very busy week in Cambodia, with the U.S. Mission to ASEAN actively involved in numerous meetings and conferences in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, including the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), East Asia Summit (EAS) Ministerial, US-ASEAN Business Summit, and several Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) events.  We further welcomed U.S. ...
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MTV Exit Concert in Hanoi Fights Human Slavery

U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden, together with U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear and representatives from USAID and ASEAN, addressed 40,000 fans at the MTV EXIT concert in Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium on May 26, featuring as headline act the multi-platinum international rock band  Simple Plan . ASEAN has been an official partner of the successful ...
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ASEAN-United States Eminent Persons Group to Meet in Manila

The U.S.-ASEAN partnership will take another step forward on May 20-21 when the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) holds its inaugural meeting to add their collective wisdom and lessons to the growing cooperation between governments in this dynamic region. The U.S.-ASEAN Eminent Persons Group, composed of prominent individuals from all ASEAN member states and the United ...
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Ambassador Carden Aboard USS Blue Ridge

U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden joined Ambassadors from the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) for a reception on board the USS Blue Ridge, the command and control ship for the U.S. Seventh Fleet. “It is truly an honor for us to welcome members of the ASEAN CPR on board the USS Blue Ridge,” ...
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Secretary Clinton Congratulates Voters in Burma

Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “I’ve been following today’s parliamentary bi-elections with great interest. While the results have not yet been announced, the United States congratulates the people who participated, many for the first time, in the campaign and election process. We are committed to supporting these reform efforts. Going forward, it ...
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Joint Statement of the 3rd U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting

1. We, the Heads of State/Government of Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, the Member States of the ...
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Facilitating Trade and Investment, Advancing Food Security

Remarks by Ambassador David Carden at the 3rd ASEAN Food Security Conference, Jakarta, October 3, 2011. (As prepared for delivery) The honorable Minister of Agriculture from Indonesia, Dr. Suswono; Deputy Secretary-General for the ASEAN Economic Community, Mr. Sundram Pushpanathan; friends from business and civil society; development partners, colleagues; On behalf of the U.S. government and ...
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Opening Remarks by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Garry Reid at the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus Expert Working Group on Counter

Thank you General Anwar for the kind introduction, and thank you distinguished colleagues for allowing me to address you today as we begin this important conference. I am especially grateful to our Indonesian hosts here in Makassar for their gracious hospitality, and I appreciate the continued efforts by all members of the Expert’s Working Group ...
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HRRCA New Office

Jakarta – The Human Rights Resource Centre for ASEAN (HRRCA) has moved to its new office at the Depok Campus, University of Indonesia. The United States supported the HRRCA’s establishment in 2010 and will continue to support human rights research and training in 2011.        
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel at the launch of the Human Rights Resource Center for ASEAN

His Excellency Patralis Akbar, Minister for Law and Human Rights; esteemed members of the Human Rights Resource Center for ASEAN Governing Board; esteemed representative Houmayoun Alizadeh; Professor Gumilar Somantri, Rector, University of Indonesia; and Ambassadors Clugston and Walker. It is a great pleasure to be with you all today to celebrate the launch of the ...
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ASEAN Night

On Friday, October 15, ASEAN Secretariat staff and members of the diplomatic community gathered to celebrate ASEAN’s achievements in the past year.  Amidst tense budget deliberations for the year ahead, the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives and their staff enjoyed a brief respite.  The ASEC Band, led by ASEAN Deputy  Secretary General for Community and ...
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