4th Meeting of The ASEAN Working Group

The Declaration on Culture of Prevention, CoP for a Peaceful, Inclusive, Resilient, Healthy and Harmonious Society will enable ASEAN to comprehensively respond to and address challenges that hamper sustainable, human and social developments in the ASEAN region. The declaration was reached during the 4th Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on the Declaration on Culture of Prevention, CoP, chaired by Dayang Hajah Nor Ashikin binti Haji Johari, Permanent Secretary for Community and Culture at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. The meeting was held yesterday via video conference.

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports press release explained that the meeting outlined plans and priorities, to advance the implementation of CoP, and identify potential actions and cross-sectoral collaboration to continue to implement the CoP projects and policy initiatives. With renewed commitment, considering post-pandemic recovery efforts, the meeting emphasised the significance of the implementation of the ASEAN CoP for a Peaceful, Inclusive, Resilient, Healthy and Harmonious Society, in promoting greater cross-sectoral and cross-pillar cooperation, especially those under-addressed focal priority areas. This is in line with Brunei Darussalam’s ASEAN priorities, under the theme ‘We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper’ for this year.

The meeting also noted on the implementation plans and priorities to advance the implementation of the 6 thrusts of CoP outlined by the respective Lead Sectoral Bodies, namely Culture Of Peace And Intercultural Understanding; Culture Of Respect For All; Culture Of Good Governance at All Levels; Culture Of Resilience and Care For the Environment; Culture Of Healthy Lifestyle AND Culture Supporting the Values Of Moderation'.

The meeting also welcomed the efforts to amplify and widen CoP awareness, including uploading the Plan of Action on CoP and the Monitoring Matrix on the Implementation of PoA on CoP on ASEAN website; and the proposed convening of the Partnership Forum to Advance the Implementation of the CoP and ASEAN CoP Webinar series. In turn, these will open up opportunities for inclusive dialogue for relevant stakeholders.

Source: Radio Television Brunei