The virtual 23rd meeting of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Council issued a Joint Ministerial Statement on June 23rd, 2020.
Accordingly, the ASEAN Declaration on Human Resources Development for the Changing World of Work was endorsed.
The meeting reached consensus on the report of the 23rd ASCC meeting to submit it to the 36th ASEAN Summit scheduled for June 26.
Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung, Vice Chairman of National Committee for ASEAN 2020 and Chairman of ASCC 2020 chaired and operated the Meeting. The meeting was attended by 10 ministers in charge of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, the Secretary General of ASEAN and delegations from ASEAN member countries and the ASEAN Secretariat. The Vietnamese delegation is led by Mr. Le Quan Deputy Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs.
Speaking at the opening of the Meeting, Minister Dao Ngoc Dung emphasizes that the year of 2020 is an important year of ASEAN when all specialized agencies and all 3 pillars of Politics - Security, Economy and Culture - Society have prepared for Mid-term review of the implementation of the Master Plan 2025. In addition, specialized agencies also review and evaluate the implementation of the 5-year working plan for the 2016-2020 period and develop a Working Plan for the next period 2021-2025. The Minister affirmed that, with 15 specialized agencies in charge of many fields, the Socio-Cultural Community has an important mission when connecting directly with the people and serving for the people. In the context of a changing society, the advancement of science technology and industry, social development platforms, population aging and natural disasters are increasing, at the transition period between In these two decades, the Minister urged ASEAN member countries to unite and cooperate more closely, promote the role of ASCC in coordinating the efforts of the Community to ensure people having a happy life, ensuring stability and social development.
At the Meeting, Ministers extended their support to Vietnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship’s areas of focus, including labour and human resources development; social welfare, health and development; communication and information; ASEAN culture, awareness and identity; environment and climate change; and the Mid-Term Review for the ASCC Pillar.
At a press conference held following the meeting, Deputy Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs Le Quan said discussions at the event suit the theme of ASEAN Year 2020 and five priorities, including peace, security and stability; promotion of regional linkage and connectivity, improvement of the capacity of adapting with and tapping opportunities from the Fourth Industrial Revolution; promoting the community's awareness and ASEAN indentities; strengthening of partnership for peace and sustainable development; and enhancement of responsiveness and effectiveness of ASEAN apparatus.
He said ministers welcome initiatives regarding promotion of cooperation in response to COVID-19 and encourage active contributions by ASCC’s specialised agencies in the effort.
Ministers support Vietnam and ASEAN Secretariat’s proposal to hold a series of webinars to cope with the pandemic, he said.
According to him, the meeting acknowledged the sharing of ASEAN ministers and the ASEAN Secretary General on priorities and cooperation during the period of recovery from COVID-19, to set orientations for the ASEAN Community’s activities this year and the next five years, towards a cohesive ASEAN Community that is beneficial for all.
It was the first periodic meeting hosted by Vietnam's Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs in its capacity as ASCC Chair 2020, attracting 10 ministers in charge of ASCC, the ASEAN Secretary General, delegates from member countries, and the ASEAN Secretariat./.