Senior officials for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community meet online

The 28th meeting of the Senior Officials’ Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (SOCA) was held via video conference under the chair of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) on June 22.

Senior officials for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community meet online hinh anh 1

The Senior Officials’ Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community holds an online meeting on June 22

The meeting was attended by heads of member countries’ SOCA delegations, the ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General in charge of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Addressing the gathering, Director of MoLISA’s Department of International Cooperation and head of the Vietnamese SOCA delegation Nguyen Manh Cuong said 2020 is an important year for the bloc as all of its specialised bodies have been reviewing activities implemented in the current period and preparing to build work plans for the next phase so as to achieve the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.

This is also a special year for social and cultural activities as all member states have been hit by COVID-19, he said, noting that the pandemic has affected not only people’s health but also their livelihoods, especially vulnerable groups.

As ASEAN Chair in 2020, Vietnam has been coordinating closely with the ASEAN Secretariat and other member countries to actively and proactively carry out activities and initiatives in response to the pandemic’s complex developments, matching the adopted theme of “Cohesive and Responsive”, Cuong noted.

Participants discussed priority activities and fields for 2020. They agreed to push ahead with effectively carrying out specialised work plans and reviewing the implementation of those plans over the last five years, to assist the mid-term review of the implementation of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025 at the national and regional levels.

The review report is to be submitted to the 37th ASEAN Summit, slated for November.

 

The officials also highlighted the need to speed up discussions with Timor-Leste on relevant specialised issues so as to learn more about the country’s readiness and capacity to meet ASEAN’s expectations.

The Vietnamese delegation also gave participants an insight into its priorities during the 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship, including in terms of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, to help secure the support and consensus of member nations.

Accordingly, Vietnam is set to promote discussions on the priority areas of labour and human resources development, social welfare and development, healthcare, communications and information, ASEAN culture, youth, the environment and climate change, and the mid-term review of the implementation of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint.

During the session, the ASEAN Secretariat provided a summary of activities being carried out or planned for the Community that are in line with regional leaders’ decisions and statements on a collective response to the pandemic.

Participants also agreed to submit two documents to the 23rd meeting of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council, so that the council will later propose them to ASEAN summits for approval: an ASEAN statement on human resources development in a changing world of work, and the reference provisions of the ASEAN Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

The Socio-Cultural Community is one of the three pillars of the ASEAN Community, together with the Political-Security Community and the Economic Community./.VNA

 
 

Other News

.
PM’s Europe tour successful in all aspects: Deputy FM
PM’s Europe tour successful in all aspects: Deputy FM
POLITICSicon  07/11/2021 

PM Pham Minh Chinh’s working trip to Europe from October 31 to November 5 was of important significance and achieved many practical results, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung.

Four Cabinet members to be grilled at legislature’s year-end session
Four Cabinet members to be grilled at legislature’s year-end session
POLITICSicon  07/11/2021 

Four Ministers will answer deputies’ questions over voter concern during the second phase of the ongoing National Assembly session which is taking place in Hanoi from November 8-13.

Government reviews socio-economic performance in first 10 months
Government reviews socio-economic performance in first 10 months
POLITICSicon  07/11/2021 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on November 6 presided over a Cabinet meeting to review socio-economic performance in the first ten months of 2021.

PM Pham Minh Chinh wraps up official visit to France
PM Pham Minh Chinh wraps up official visit to France
POLITICSicon  06/11/2021 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam on November 5 afternoon (local time) left Paris, concluding his official visit to France from November 3 at the invitation of his French counterpart Jean Castex.

Vietnam, France issue joint statement
Vietnam, France issue joint statement
POLITICSicon  06/11/2021 

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his French counterpart, Jean Castex, have affirmed their determination to further deepen the Vietnam-France strategic partnership signed in 2013.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh receives OECD Secretary General
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh receives OECD Secretary General
POLITICSicon  06/11/2021 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh received Mathias Cormann, Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation and Development Organisation (OECD) in Paris on November 5 (local time) during his official visit to France.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh continues activities in Paris
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh continues activities in Paris
POLITICSicon  05/11/2021 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh held a meeting with Vietnamese and French doctors and medical experts in Paris on November 4 (local time) as part of his ongoing official visit to France.

Iran seizes Vietnamese-flagged oil tanker, crew reported safe: Foreign Ministry
Iran seizes Vietnamese-flagged oil tanker, crew reported safe: Foreign Ministry
POLITICSicon  05/11/2021 

The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry on Thursday confirmed that an oil tanker, seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Gulf of Oman on October 24, belongs to Vietnam.

Vietnam recognises COVID-19 vaccination certificate/passport forms of 72 nations, territories
Vietnam recognises COVID-19 vaccination certificate/passport forms of 72 nations, territories
POLITICSicon  05/11/2021 

Vietnam is temporarily recognising COVID-19 vaccination certificate/passport forms of 72 countries and territories that have been officially introduced to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Vietnam demands China withdraw ships out of Vietnam’s Whitsun Reef
Vietnam demands China withdraw ships out of Vietnam’s Whitsun Reef
MARITIME SOVEREIGNTYicon  05/11/2021 

Vietnam demands that China withdraw its ships out of the Bai Ba Dau (Whitsun Reef) in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, and respect Vietnam’s sovereignty.

PM Pham Minh Chinh meets French President
PM Pham Minh Chinh meets French President
POLITICSicon  05/11/2021 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and attended a banquet hosted by the French President on November 4 (French time).

PM meets COVAX Facility Managing Director
PM meets COVAX Facility Managing Director
POLITICSicon  04/11/2021 

PM Pham Minh Chinh on November 3 met with Managing Director of the COVAX Facility Aurélia Nguyen.

Vietnamese, French PMs hold talks, discussing measures to boost bilateral ties
Vietnamese, French PMs hold talks, discussing measures to boost bilateral ties
POLITICSicon  04/11/2021 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh held talks with his French counterpart Jean Castex in Paris on November 3 evening (local time), during which he stressed the importance of the relations with France in Vietnam’s foreign policy.

PCA decision to set up rep office shows Vietnam’s position internationally: expert
PCA decision to set up rep office shows Vietnam’s position internationally: expert
FEATUREicon  05/11/2021 

The opening of a representative office in Hanoi by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) marks important progress in Vietnam’s integration with the world and its attitude toward international laws.

Vietnamese PM holds series of meetings on the sidelines of COP26
Vietnamese PM holds series of meetings on the sidelines of COP26
POLITICSicon  04/11/2021 

On the sidelines of 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties conference on November 1-3, PM Pham Minh Chinh had a series of meetings with government and state leaders, international organizations and agencies.

Prime Minister meets Canadian counterpart, Zambian President
Prime Minister meets Canadian counterpart, Zambian President
POLITICSicon  03/11/2021 

PM Pham Minh Chinh had separate meetings with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau and Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema on November 2 on the sidelines of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

PM meets UN Secretary-General, leaders of some European countries
PM meets UN Secretary-General, leaders of some European countries
POLITICSicon  02/11/2021 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the government leaders of the UK, Germany and Croatia in Glasgow on November 1 evening (London time).

PM Chinh meets US President, other leaders at COP26
PM Chinh meets US President, other leaders at COP26
POLITICSicon  02/11/2021 

PM Pham Minh Chinh held an array of meetings with US President Joe Biden, President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan Ocha, and CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility(GEF).

Vietnamese Vice President pays official visit to Greece
Vietnamese Vice President pays official visit to Greece
POLITICSicon  02/11/2021 

Vietnamese Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan paid an official visit to Greece at the invitation of Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou from October 31 – November 2.

PM calls on nations to make commitments to reduce greenhouse emissions
PM calls on nations to make commitments to reduce greenhouse emissions
POLITICSicon  02/11/2021 

PM Pham Minh Chinh has called on countries to make strong commitments to reduce greenhouse emissions on the basis of common responsibility that suit their conditions and capacity.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN