The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Miroslav Jenča, visited Jakarta on 9 and 10 April 2018, where, together with ASEAN Secretary-General Mr. Lim Jock Hoi, he co-chaired the ASEAN-UN Secretariat-to-Secretariat (S2S) meeting and an interface meeting between the UN and the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR). He also held a meeting with senior officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, and the Executive Director of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR). Mr. Jenča led a senior-level delegation, which included Ms. Ursula Mueller, OCHA Assistant Secretary-General, Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Secretary of ESCAP and Ms. Valerie Cliff, Deputy Regional Director, UNDP Regional Bureau in Asia and the Pacific.
Stressing the Secretary-General’s prevention agenda and recalling his call for a “quantum leap” in cooperation between the two organizations at the 9th ASEAN-UN Summit in Manila last November, ASG Jenča impressed upon the ASEAN counterparts the need for expanded and deepened cooperation with regional partners to tackle today’s challenges, ranging from conflict prevention, counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism to climate change and disaster risk reduction. During the meetings the parties discussed implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and ASEAN Vision 2025. The engagements proved deepening and broadening the collaboration between ASEAN and the UN.
With the ASEAN counterparts, the UN delegation reviewed the implementation of the ASEAN-UN Plan of Action (2016-2020), and discussed concrete collaborative actions across all areas of the partnership, including in support of the ASEAN-IPR. During the discussions, the Assistant Secretary-General conveyed to his interlocutors the United Nations’ firm commitment to enhancing the ASEAN-UN partnership further, including through the continuation of the series of the ASEAN-UN Regional Dialogues.
10 April 2018