Bandar Seri Begawan, 26 August 2021
The Partnership Conference on Advancing the Implementation of ASEAN Culture of Prevention Focusing on Post Pandemic Recovery was held today via video conference, with His Excellency Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN and Yang Mulia Hajah Nor Ashikin binti Haji Johari, Permanent Secretary (Community and Culture), Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in her capacity as SOCA Chair and Chair of the ASEAN Working Group on the Declaration on Culture of Prevention (CoP) for a Peaceful, Inclusive, Resilient, Healthy and Harmonious Society (WG on COP) 2021 delivering the opening remarks.
In her opening remarks, Yang Mulia Hajah Nor Ashikin binti Haji Johari, Permanent Secretary (Community and Culture) expressed hope that the conference would provide a better picture in addressing manifestations of socio-economic differences as well as providing more coordinated and comprehensive approach in mainstreaming the culture of prevention towards developing ASEAN’s work plans, effective upstream preventive policies and initiatives in the post-pandemic era.
The Conference was also attended by His Excellency Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASCC; Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN; Leads and Co-Leads of relevant ASEAN Socio-Cultural Sectoral Bodies, as well as representatives from dialogue partners, public and private entities, and relevant civil society organisations.
The Conference aimed to advance the implementation of the ASEAN Culture of Prevention through inclusive dialogue between ASEAN Culture of Prevention Leads and relevant public and private entities. The Conference also intended to sensitise external entities including CSOs to the ASEAN Culture of Prevention; encouraged external entities to act as intermediaries to advance the implementation of the CoP in response to the problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in order to enable a more inclusive, sustainable, resilient and robust recovery; and set up a network of CoP champions among the potential external and ASEAN entities.
During the sharing session, participants had the opportunity to listen to presentations by external entities on their best practices and experiences in cultivating a culture of prevention. They also exchanged views on how to further enhance the implementation of CoP especially at the grassroot levels. Furthermore, the Conference also discussed possible areas for collaboration particularly in key projects and initiatives identified under the six (6) Culture of Preventions Thrusts that covers Peace and Intercultural Understanding; Respect for All; Good Governance at all Levels; Resilience and Care for Environment; Healthy Lifestyle and Supporting the Values of Moderation.
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was founded on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries; Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined ASEAN on 7 January 1984