Norway participates in High Level Brainstorming Dialogue on Progressing Sustainable Development in ASEAN

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On Friday 30 March, Mr. Vegard Holmelid, Deputy Head of Mission at the Royal Norwegian Embassy, participated at the 2nd High-Level Brainstorming Dialogue (HLBD) on Enhancing Complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Mr. Holmelid delivered a speech where he highlighted how the complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aligns with Norway’s strong commitment to clean oceans.

-For the oceans to deliver its resources, we must ensure clean and healthy oceans. (…)The Norwegian Government is intensifying its effort in this field and has launched a development programme aimed at combatting marine litter and micro plastics in the oceans. The programme will focus on Southeast Asia, which is the region where the problem is most acute. (…) We are pleased to note that there is a widespread global engagement to combat marine litter. I am also happy to see that this also figures high on ASEANs agenda

The HLBD was co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand and H.E. Ms. Shamsad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economics and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. They both utilized their opening remarks to underline the significant progress for sustainable development that has taken place in the ASEAN region, and emphasized how this HLBD would enhance the region's continuing development. 

All ASEAN member states are committed to both the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As a result of previous talks between ASEAN and UNESCAP, a report on the complementarities between these two agendas has been made. The insights from this report served as a starting point for the participants when they discussed how the ASEAN member states can implement policies that help materialize both agendas, and thus enhance ASEAN’s cumulative ability of creating a sustainable future for the region and the world

The report identifies five priority areas for complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These are poverty eradication, infrastructure and connectivity, sustainable management of natural resources, sustainable production and consumption, and resilience. Under each of these five priority areas, the report identifies flagship initiatives that will enable ASEAN to combat the challenges associated with them. These were all discussed.

High-Level Representatives from the ASEAN member states, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Women, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, and the three Sector Dialogue Partners, Switzerland, Germany, and Norway, expressed their sincere excitement of the flagship initiatives and the role ASEAN is taking in promotion of sustainable development in the region.

Norway has been a Sectoral Dialogue Partner of ASEAN since 2015.