UNDP and ASEAN meet in Ha Noi to further cooperation
Ha Noi - Resident Representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in countries from across South-East Asia will gather in Ha Noi this week, to review the progress and achievements of the UNDP cooperation programme with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The review will be followed by an informal dialogue in the afternoon of 11 October, with members of the ASEAN Secretariat and the ten Directors-General of the ASEAN Departments of each ASEAN member country.
The dialogue, which will take place at the Daewoo Hotel, will be co-chaired by Mr Rodolfo Severino, Secretary General of the ASEAN Secretariat, and
Mr David Lockwood, Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, from UNDP's New York headquarters.
Major issues to be raised in the ASEAN-UNDP dialogue include the progress of the current Sub-Regional Programme (1997-2001) and future programme priorities. The dialogue will also feature discussion of the United National Millennium Summit Declaration and prospects for further ASEAN-UNDP collaboration, as well as institutional arrangements to enhance ASEAN-UNDP cooperation and future directions for the next ASEAN-UNDP cooperation programme (2002-2006).
Cooperation relations between ASEAN and UNDP began almost immediately following the creation of ASEAN in 1967. Ten years later, UNDP was designated as a Dialogue Partner of ASEAN, the only multilateral organization that has enjoyed this status. In the earlier years of ASEAN, UNDP assistance was to assist ASEAN to strengthen its institutional and human capacities. In recent years, such assistance has taken on an additional dimension in promoting regional integration in general and in particular, in facilitating the smooth entry of new members into the ASEAN grouping. Informal dialogues have constituted an important mechanism for both parties to enhance the effectiveness of their cooperation programmes.