13th ASEM yields 3 outcome documents

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) held on November 25-26, 2021 has yielded three outcome documents, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has said.

The first document is the chair’s statement, which contains a commitment to strengthen Asia-Europe cooperation, among others, in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs), women’s empowerment, connectivity, and digital economy, the minister informed in a virtual press briefing following the 13th ASEM, accessed from here on Friday night.

The second document is ‘Phnom Penh’s Statement on Post-COVID-19 Socio-economic Recovery: The Way Forward on ASEM Connectivity’, she added.

The document contains matters related to post-pandemic recovery cooperation, including strengthening health resilience and the global economy, Marsudi said.

The third document is ‘The Way Forward on ASEM Connectivity’, which contains efforts to discuss technical rules for strengthening connectivity among ASEM members, the minister added.

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During the two-day meeting, ASEM leaders highlighted the significance of multilateralism in settling global issues, international development cooperation for achieving the target of SDGs and better recovery from the pandemic, and a strong global health system to anticipate the potential for other pandemics.

The 13th ASEM brought together leaders of 51 ASEM member states and the president of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the ASEAN Secretary General.

The meeting was held virtually under the chairmanship of Cambodia and was themed “Strengthening Multilateralism for Shared Growth”.

ASEM is an international forum that connects Asian and European countries.

ASEM members control 65 percent of the global economy and 55 percent of global trade. Eleven of the 20 G20 members are ASEM members.

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