South-South Cooperation in support of Complementarities Action Framework between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

H. E. Minister of Foreign Affairs, ESCAP Executive Secretary and Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN at opening of dialogue

“The Complementarities Initiative remains relevant, and even vital, to the continuing sustainability of the ASEAN community building process and the efforts of ASEAN Member States to attain the Sustainable Development Goals. It supplements national efforts and helps reinforce multilateral efforts, particularly through SDG 17.” said H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, co-chair of the 2nd High-Level Brainstorming Dialogue on Enhancing Complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that took place on 30 March 2018 in Bangkok.


Thailand, as coordinator of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on sustainable development, with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) co-hosted the Dialogue for the 2nd time.


Member States and UN Agency Representatives pose at launch of the Complementarities report

The UN Agencies present were given an opportunity to present progress on the projects being undertaken in support of the Action Framework. The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) in Asia-Pacific updated the Dialogue participants on the Mapping of South-South Cooperation in ASEAN.  The mapping exercise focuses on regional integration, trade and investment/infrastructure, capacity development and human resources development, sustainable consumption and production, and resilience. It will support five priority areas identified in the complementarities report and responds to the call for the implementation of flagship initiatives by partners and UN agencies.  The mapping exercise is targeted to enhance intra-regional South-South cooperation and for ASEAN to share its best experiences with other regional cooperation organisations, with a view to, “Leave No One Behind!”.


Partner countries, namely, Germany, Norway and Switzerland offered their support. UNOSSC joined UN-Women, UNDP, ESCAP, and the World Bank in presenting progress reports on the flagship projects and its representative noted the significance that this was the first time for UNOSSC to participate in the Dialogue. The ASEAN representatives welcomed Thailand’s announcement that it will fund a Centre for sustainability that will conduct studies and research. They also welcomed the progress reports delivered by UN Agencies.


The mapping of South-South cooperation in ASEAN is due to be launched later in 2018.



Photos: Courtesy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand