The 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit kicked off on Thursday, under the theme of “ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations,” held 17 November 2011 in Bali, Indonesia.
Chaired by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Summit was attended by the Heads of state or government of all the 10 ASEAN Member States and the Secretary-General of ASEAN.
Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam forms the 10 ASEAN members.
The Summit aims to address a wide range of issues impacting the ASEAN regions such as global economy, G20 Summit, disaster management, climate change, food and energy security, regional integration, among others, and is expected to adopt several outcome documents, including the Bali Declaration on ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations.
Chairman Yodhoyono also emphasized on taking concrete steps to strengthen the three pillars of the ASEAN Community and implement the relevant action plans; promoting economic growth to make ASEAN region more resilient in face of global volatility; maintaining the leadership and centrality of ASEAN in regional cooperation architecture; ensuring the stability and security of the Southeast Asian and East Asian region; and strengthening the role of ASEAN in the global community in tackling global challenges.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emphasized on promoting U.S. economic engagement with Asia during the Summit and focussed her remarks on increasing economic ties to the region.
Chariman Yodhoono said, the summit is held to seek for cooperation in the Southeast Asian region community by 2015.