Mr. Willem Rampangilei
Deputy Coordinating Minister
for Social Welfare
of the Republic of Indonesia
behalf of the Association of South East Asian Nations
At the 49th Session of
the Commission for Social Development
on agenda item 3 (a) and (b)
“Follow up to the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth special Session of the General Assembly”
New York, 9 February 2011
I have the honor to speak on behalf of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
At the outset, allow me to congratulate you and members of the Bureau on your election as the Chairperson of the 49th session of the Commission for Social Development. We also thank the Secretary-General for providing us with the Reports pertinent to the agenda of this session.
ASEAN aligns itself with the statement made by distinguished representative of Argentina, speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.
We acknowledge that the people of the world have shown in different ways an urgent need to address profound social problems, especially poverty, unemployment and social exclusion that affect every country.
We gather here to commit ourselves to enhancing social development throughout the world so that all men and women, especially those living in poverty, may exercise the rights, utilize the resources to share the responsibilities that enable them to lead satisfying lives and to contribute to the well-being of their families, their communities and humankind.
While reaffirming our commitment to the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development and to implement its Plan of Action with respect to the goal of eradicating poverty in the world, ASEAN is committed towards eradicating poverty, with particular emphasis on promoting the development of progressive, prosperous, and self-reliant rural communities, and thus contribute towards creating a caring society in the ASEAN Member Countries.
In this context, as set out in the ASEAN Charter, ASEAN member countries are committed to enhance the well-being and livelihood of the peoples of ASEAN. These commitments are set forth within the ASEAN Declaration of the Road Map for the ASEAN Community (2009-2015), with a view to promote a people-oriented ASEAN in which the welfare and development of the peoples of ASEAN, including the vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, are safeguarded.
ASEAN Member states have applied lessons from past experiences to our current efforts for the ASEAN Community. From ASEAN’s perspective, we learnt that peace, stability, both political and economic, supported by a vibrant development partnership are fundamental to poverty eradication.
In ASEAN, we continue to work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These goals have been incorporated into the overall planning processes of individual countries and have influenced thinking within regional institutions, along with their actual operations.
We believe that regional partnerships and cooperation to promote pro-poor growth, and employment opportunities for all are crucial in eradication of poverty. Such partnerships have been vital in addressing the specific concerns of countries with special needs in meeting the MDGs.
In this context, ASEAN has adopted “The Joint Declaration on the Attainment of the Millennium Development Goals in ASEAN” in March 2009. The Declaration calls for the development of an ASEAN Roadmap on MDGs, which outlines strategies to promote closer regional cooperation to support member countries in attaining the MDGs in a timely manner, such as sharing knowledge and expertise, networking among the public and private sectors in addressing the challenges faced in achieving these goals. The Declaration reflects ASEAN’s serious commitment to reducing poverty and inequality and in improving the standard and quality of life of the peoples of ASEAN.
Yet, as emphasized before, eradication of poverty and achievement of MDGs need more than ever the participation from all developed countries as well as the participation of financial institutions. Otherwise efforts to achieve the MDGs would be futile.
As a framework for collective actions among Member States to achieve the MDGs by 2015, ASEAN is focusing on five key areas namely: advocacy and linkages; knowledge; resources; expertise; and regional cooperation and regional public goods.
To address the issue of poverty, ASEAN has established “The Framework Action Plan on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (2004-2010)”, which placing emphasis on “promoting the development of progressive, prosperous and self-reliant rural communities“towards “creating a caring society” in the ASEAN member countries. The Framework Action Plan’s priorities address, among others: innovative and holistic strategies to facilitate access of the rural and urban poor to public utilities and facilities, as well as providing a conducive environment for income-generation and employment opportunities for the poor as well as assistance to link small rural economies to markets.
In this respect, ASEAN will carry out several activities to address poverty monitoring and the impact of trade liberalisation on social well-being. These include a study on the social cost of realising an ASEAN economic community; policy reviews to develop fast-track approach to fight poverty (including social protection policies and social investments); preparation of a Southeast Asia Human Development Report; enhancing poverty monitoring systems; and capacity development on risk and vulnerability indicators.
In 2014, we are going to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the international Year of the Family. In this regard, ASEAN would like to emphasize the important role of family as the basic unit of the society and community.
In anticipation of the increase in the elderly population at the global level, including in our region, ASEAN continues to increase efforts to build a caring and sharing ASEAN Community by 2015. ASEAN underlines the importance of cooperation countries, in a view to provide care and support as well as to promote the quality of life and well-being of the elderly. ASEAN, for its part, has taken concerted efforts reduce the social risks faced by the elderly, among others by developing social support systems and encouraging the development of education programmes to enhance the ability of families to take care of the elderly. Furthermore ASEAN is working to provide appropriate care and support, including through community volunteer approach and other forms of alternative family and community care arrangements to the elderly.
Let me conclude by stressing the firm conviction of ASEAN that by making concrete efforts together we can eradicate poverty. Achievements made over the years have shown us that it is possible to achieve our common objectives.
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