The South China Sea is in a crisis. The problems facing the sea are as vast, deep and seemingly intractable as the oceans themselves.
An excessively unpredictable and isolationist United States, under the US President Trump, whose transactionalism borders on being simplistic, has caused discomfort globally – even more so in the Asia-Pacific region now referred to as the Indo-Pacific. This discomfort is exacerbated the fact, that the US’ unpredictable approach, has been simultaneously accompanied by an increasingly assertive China.
Secretary General of ASEAN Le Luong Minh stressed the crucial role of women in preventing the rise and spread of violent extremism at the ASEAN-UN Regional Dialogue on “Women, Peace and Security – The Role of Women in the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE)” in a two-day dialogue held on 6-7 December in Kuala Lumpur.
In partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), ASEAN launched the ASEAN HeForShe Campaign on 30 November.
In light of the ‘repatriation agreement’ signed between Myanmar and Bangladesh, the 620,000 recent Rohingya refugees who have been living in Cox’s Bazar for the past few months will be allowed to return to the Northern Rakhine state or ‘to a safe and secure place nearest to it’ of their own choice.
The ASEAN Secretariat hosted the ASEAN Partners’ Mini Forum on Education on 17 November to update ASEAN Dialogue Partners and other partners on the current status, achievements and opportunities on ASEAN education cooperation.
The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened the AICHR Training Programme on Business and Human Rights on 13-16 November in Bangkok, Thailand.