ASEAN respects the role of its people in building a shared community

05/05/2015



Over the last several years, ASEAN has proclaimed the rhetoric of becoming "people-oriented" or "people-centered" in a number of documents, speeches and meetings.
ASEAN was established with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) in Bangkok on 8 August 1967. After 48 years, ASEAN leaders have now started talking about shifting the focus from state-centric to people-centric activities that would benefit people in the regions.
The ASEAN Community will officially begin in Dec 2015. However, young ASEAN’s people have already interacted within the ASEAN community, in the economic and cultural sense. They have been working in the neighboring country because they are driven by an economic reason - to improve their economic condition, which is in line with one of the aims of the ASEAN community, prosperity of the people.
The ASEAN migrant workers, often termed as "foreign exchange workers", are part of the ASEAN people, who are supposed to be an important target for the people-centered ASEAN Community.
To facilitate ASEAN’s people, at 26th ASEAN summit, the ASEAN’s leaders have further reaffirmed declarations on the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision which reiterate our determination to create a people-oriented, people-centred and rules-based ASEAN and recognized the United Nations Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals as well as the upcoming United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda, which place people and the planet at the centre of a new era of sustainable development by issuing Kuala Lumpur Declaration on a People-Oriented, People-Centred ASEAN.
In which, on the political field, ASEAN will Continue to promote the principles of democracy, rule of law and good governance, social justice, as well as to promote and protect human rights and respect for fundamental freedoms; Encourage the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights and other Sectoral Bodies related to human rights to continue to have meaningful and constructive engagement with relevant stakeholders, including accredited civil society organisations, in the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, in accordance with the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration
On the economic field, ASEAN will Promote an integrated, stable, prosperous and highly cohesive regional economy which encompasses all sectors of society, as well as encourage the participation of women, the elderly and youth in building a competitive, innovative and dynamic ASEAN;
Promote the development of Small and Medium Enterprises as a driving force for the ASEAN Economic Community, including providing an enabling environment conducive to their business activities, access to the formal financial system and continue promoting public-private sector partnership.
 And on the socio-cultural field, ASEAN’s countries shall strengthen efforts to build a people-oriented, people-centred and socially responsible socio-cultural community with a view to achieving enduring solidarity and unity among the ASEAN peoples by instilling a shared appreciation of cultural diversity as well as promoting the well-being and welfare of the peoples.
Promote and protect the rights of women, children, youth and elderly persons as well as those of migrant workers, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minority groups, people in vulnerable situations and marginalised groups, and promote their interests and welfare in ASEAN's future agenda including through the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision and its attendant documents...
A People-Centered ASEAN means that ASEAN will be an even more powerful vehicle for the realisation of our peoples aspirations - good governance, transparency, higher standards of living, sustainable development, the empowerment of women and greater opportunity for all.
But there are much more work needed to be done to make ASEAN directly beneficial and more meaningful to its people.
The task of promoting a people-centered ASEAN by 2015 and beyond is a challenging one. We need to: Firstly, foster a change in the mind-sets of Governments; Secondly, create a sense of belonging amongst peoples of ASEAN; and thirdly, institute arrangements that can foster People-Centredness.
ASEAN is not an elite organization and is determined to involve the peoples of its member countries in its activities to create a true ASEAN community. This means that its people including students, media and businessmen, should and will play more roles in the future./.
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Hùng Quân 5/5/15 20:54

Leaders of the ASEAN issued the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on a People-Oriented, People-Centred ASEAN at the end of the 26th ASEAN Summit

Huy Lâm 5/5/15 20:58

ASEAN will continue to promote the principles of democracy, rule of law and good governance, social justice, as well as to promote and protect human rights and respect for fundamental freedoms

Quốc Cường 5/5/15 21:01

Vietnam and ASEAN's countries will promote and protect the rights of women, children, youth and elderly persons as well as those of migrant workers, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minority groups, people in vulnerable situations and marginalised groups, and promote their interests and welfare

Quốc Kiên 5/5/15 21:02

This is an important issue in ASEAN's agenda

Lê Tín 5/5/15 21:04

ASEAN people have a lot of good conditions to develop their ability

Phạm Hiếu 5/5/15 21:06

We must alleviate poverty and narrow the development gap by increasing access to basic needs and work towards achieving adequate standards of living in line with our global commitment on poverty eradication

Vân Nhàn 5/5/15 21:07

We also have to enhance people-to-people contacts and awareness of ASEAN identity among young people by increasing youth interaction and exchanges within ASEAN

Hoàng Lân 5/5/15 21:08

Raising awareness, promote and develop social business in empowering communities to generate revenue and social returns to improve the well-being and livelihood of our people.

Huy Quốc 5/5/15 21:10

our determination to create a people-oriented, people-centred and rules-based ASEAN will come true

Quân Hoàng 5/5/15 21:11

I agree with you Huy Quoc, it will come true, and we're the future owners of the ASEAN.

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