Joint Communiqué of the 54th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
The 54th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) was held on 2nd August 2021 via videoconference. The Meeting was chaired by Brunei Darussalam under the theme “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper.” We reaffirmed ASEAN’s commitment to care for its people and prepare for future opportunities and challenges, in order to advance sustainable development for shared prosperity in the region.
The Joint Communique acknowledged Japan’s support in community buildings in ASEAN. The meeting appreciated and welcomed the support from Japan and Australia towards the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED), while encouraging other external partners to support its operationalisation. In the area of cybersecurity, the meeting recognised the role of cybersecurity activities and training programmes of the ASEAN-Singapore Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence (ASCCE) in Singapore and the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre (AJCCBC) in Bangkok in complementing existing ASEAN efforts in cybersecurity capacity building. A Feasibility Study on the Establishment of “ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases” and ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre are supported by the Government of Japan through Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
The meeting emphasised the importance of ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) as a platform for catalysing cooperation in smart and sustainable cities development in the region through technological and innovative solutions. Japan has been supporting the ASCN through the Promotion of ASCN by Commencing a High-level Meetings. In the areas of disaster management, the meeting welcomed the launch and the implementation of the AADMER Work Programme 2021-2025 and to advance ASEAN’s priorities and capabilities in managing disasters in the region. Promotion of ASCN by Commencing High-level Meetings and the Development of AWP 2021-2025 are supported by the Government of Japan through JAIF.
The full statement can be downloaded here: https://asean.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Joint-Communique-of-the-54th-ASEAN-Foreign-Ministers-Meeting-FINAL.pdf