Transnational Challenges

The United States works with ASEAN to address 21st century challenges that cross borders, which include wildlife trafficking, biodiversity conservation, disaster management, as well as trafficking in persons, counter terrorism and violent extremism.

The ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS) (PDF 355KB) is a five-year project (2013-2018) supported by USAID and the Department of State to strengthen institutions and develop regional policies to advance ASEAN’s vision for political-security and social-cultural integration.  Read more about the work of PROGRESS in the following areas:

Combating Human Trafficking (PDF 402KB)

Promote and Protect Human Rights (PDF 225KB)

Disaster Management (PDF 124KB)

Judicial Cooperation (PDF 329KB)

USAID has long been a supporter of the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN), helping to reduce consumer demand, strengthen law enforcement, and promote regional cooperation.  Read more about the initiative (PDF 552KB).