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Vietnam enhances realization of the commitment and initiative of the year 2020

02/04/2021

 “Vietnam has enhanced realization of the commitment and initiative of the year 2020, in which, focusing on connecting with the priorities and theme of ASEAN 2021”,  Deputy Minister of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Ba Hoan said in the 25th meeting of ASEAN Socio- Cultural Community Council. The meeting was held online under the ASEAN Chairmanship of Brunei Darussalam in March, 31st, 2021.

The Meeting extended full support to Brunei Darussalam’s ASEAN Chairmanship with its theme of ‘We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper’, and look forward to the realisation of the three priorities identified: (i) harnessing the caring nature of ASEAN to build a harmonious and resilient community with the people at its centre (A Caring Community); (ii) preparing and adapting for the future to ensure that ASEAN remains relevant and resilient to overcome existing and future challenges and threats (A Prepared Community); and (iii) creating opportunities for people to benefit through initiatives that enhance the sustainable prosperity of the region (A Prosperous Community). The Meeting commended the areas of focus, including Health and Development, Environment and Climate Change, Social Welfare and Development, Education, Youth and Sports, Culture and Information, Rural Development and Poverty Eradication, Human Resources Development, as well as the follow-up to the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the ASCC Blueprint 2025.
At Vietnam’s focal point, Deputy Minister Nguyen Ba Hoan expressed the sincere thank to the Ministers, the General Secretary of ASEAN for the strong support Vietnam during the past year, and support Vietnam completed the role of ASEAN 2020 chairmanship in general and Chairman of ASEAN Socio- Cultural Community Council in particular, especially, in the complex context of Covid-19 pandemic.
Face to the unpredictable happens of the pandemic, Deputy Minister Nguyen Ba Hoan said that the continuous effort of ASEAN to ensure the maintaining of the peace and stable on politics, economy and society of the region and each member countries is the goal which all Community should consider.
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He hoped that all of 15 relating professional agencies of  ASEAN Socio- Cultural Community Council would enhance and cooperate effectively in the work of building and completing the working plan in the period 2021 – 2025 containing all of the new trend and the priorities that we has announced in preventing the pandemic and recovery after the pandemic, solution of the impact of aging population, climate change and industrial revolution 4.0
“Vietnam has enhanced realization of the commitment and initiative of the year 2020, in which, focusing on connecting with the priorities and theme of ASEAN 2021”, affirmed by Deputy Minister of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Ba Hoan.
At the Meeting, the Ministers/ Head of the Delegations of the member country expressed the support with the theme of ‘We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper’, announced by Brunei Darussalam in ASEAN Chairmanship 2021.
The Meeting welcomed the priorities of ASCC focusing on replying to the emergent case and disaster, Health and Development, Environment and Climate Change, Social Welfare and Development, Education, Youth and Sports, Culture and Information, Rural Development and Poverty Eradication, Human Resources Development, as well as the follow-up to the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the ASCC Blueprint 2025.
Based on the reports of the Community officials, the Meeting highly appreciated the completion of the Mid-term Review of the ASCC Blueprint 2025 and encouraged all ASCC’s specialized agencies to further contribute to the realization of the report recommendations, promoted pillar engagement on cross-sectoral issues through post-2020 work plans.
At the meeting, Ministers / Heads of the Delegation also agreed with a number of other important issues including: expanding the role of ASCC Council and considering the possible expansion of platforms with dialogue partners through + 1 and +3 mechanisms; continuing to promote the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework and the ASEAN Implementation Plan and the post-2025 vision; further strengthen the role of ASEAN youth through the preparations for the youth-led project; regional initiatives for the promotion of mental health, sustainable climate,  poverty eradication, gender mainstreaming, readiness for the future of work, social work, sports development, children's rights, information and awareness.
At the end of the Meeting, the Ministers issued a Joint Statement and agreed on the content of the Report of the ASCC Council which will be submitted to the Senior Leaders for consideration and approval at the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summit.
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