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ASEAN and the UN: Strengthening Cooperation in Communications and Public Information
Source: aseansec.org
Source Date: Thursday, May 27, 2010
Focus: Health
Created: May 31, 2010

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Kiyotaka Akasaka, visited the ASEAN Secretariat today and met with the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs, Bagas Hapsoro. Mr Akasaka was accompanied by the Director of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Jakarta, Michele Zaccheo.

During the meeting, they exchanged views on communication and outreach activities in the UN and in ASEAN and identified several ways to strengthen cooperation between both parties in these fields. Assistance on communicating on issues such as the UN Millennium Development Goals and other UN programmes on biodiversity, women and empowerment and also human rights in the region was highlighted. He earlier praised ASEAN for its achievement in regional integration and pointed out that most of the ASEAN Member States are on track to achieve the time-bound Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

ASEAN and the UN had previously signed an MOU in 2007 which calls for the “exchange of information and expertise” and calling on the two secretariat heads “to make appropriate administrative arrangements to ensure effective cooperation and liaison between the two Secretariats”.

Prior to being a United Nations diplomat, Mr Akasaka was the Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from August 2003 to March 2007, and Japan’s Ambassador to the UN from 2000 to 2001.
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