23rd ASEAN Summit (October) 2013
ASEAN, on August 8, 1967 comprises Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
The 23rd ASEAN Summit was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on 9th-10th Oct 2013.
- The Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) issued Commemorative coins in three denominations to mark the Sultanate's chairing of ASEAN this year.
- These issues included on the agenda were strengthening regional exchanges and connectivity, sustainable and inclusive development, response to regional challenges, marine security, settlement of disputes and the future of the ASEAN Community beyond 2015.
- ASEAN reaffirmed its commitment to the maintenance of peace and maritime security in East Sea and to resolve all disputes in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law. The leaders of ASEAN called for restraint in the conduct of activities in East Sea and said they will consult with China on the early conclusion of the Code of Conduct for all parties involved.
- The Environment Ministers from ASEAN suggested establishing the ASEAN Sub-Regional Haze Monitoring System to address trans-boundary haze pollution issues. The Summit adopted declarations on non-communicable diseases.
- As an outcome of the Summit, the declaration expressed ASEAN's common resolve to eliminate violence, even carried out in cyberspace, against women and children. The leaders promised to take all appropriate measures to achieve the elimination of prejudices and customary and all other practices, which are based on the idea of inferiority or the superiority of either sexes or on stereotyped roles for men and women. The ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) will review progress and implementations of respective instruments and actions, with the support of ASEAN member states.
- During this Summit, Australian PM Tony Abbott and Vietnam's PM Nguyen Tan Dung reached a high consensus on the removal of Trade Barriers and the East Sea Issue. Tony Abbott considered boosting trade liberalization between two countries was the best measure to support Vietnam. Even PM Nguyen Tan Dung and US Secretary of State John Kerry exchanged few dialogues over a comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and the US in July 2013.