President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to Attend the 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in the Kingdom of Thailand on February 28, 2009

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President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to Attend the 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in the Kingdom of Thailand on February 28, 2009


PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal Arroyo leaves for Thailand today to attend the 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. The Summit to be held in Cha-am, Pretchaburi, in Thailand, marks a new chapter for ASEAN following the entry into force of the ASEAN Charter last December.

With the theme "ASEAN Charter for ASEAN Peoples," the 14th ASEAN Summit underlines the new era of ASEAN with people at the heart of cooperation. There are three sub-themes for the ministerial and leaders' Summit, namely: "Towards More Effective Community-Building," "Enhancing Regional Resilience against Global Threats," and "Reinforcing ASEAN Centrality in the Evolving Regional Architecture."

Under the first sub-theme, the ASEAN leaders will assess how much progress has been made in laying the foundation for realizing an ASEAN Community by the year 2015.

They will examine how effective the organization has become and push for the operationalization of new ASEAN organs under the charter. These are the ASEAN Political and Security Community (APSC) Council, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Council, the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Council, and the Committee of Permanent Representatives in Jakarta.

The second sub-theme aims to get the leaders to resolve on collective interventions to attain multi-dimensional human security in the ASEAN community. The specific issues that would be discussed are food security, energy security, and disaster management. ASEAN Leaders will also discuss ways and means to mitigate the effects of the financial and economic crisis on the ASEAN Community, based on the recommendations by the ASEAN Finance Ministers' Meeting in Phuket on February 22, 2009. …

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