7 May 2008, Singapore
The ASEAN ISIS collectively wishes to raise the following points to the ASEAN SOM:
1. ASEAN Secretariat: To forthwith empower a credible ASEAN Secretariat with sufficient financial and other resources to undertake monitoring and all the tasks assigned under the Charter.
2. ASEAN Human Rights Body: To elaborate and move purposely in a timely manner for a credible human rights body consonant with values recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, taking into account the Vientiane Action Programme and inputs from civil society meetings, especially the AICOHR held in Manila in May 2008, and the 7th workshop on the ASEAN Regional Mechanism on human rights conference to be held in Singapore in June 2008.
3. Engaging the Peoples: To prioritze and concretely utilize processes to consult and involve the people and allow for a plurality of such processes, including the ASEAN People’s Assembly convened by the ASEAN ISIS, which has been previously recognized by the Vientiane Action Programme and ASEAN Summit.
4. ASEAN Summit: Given the strengthened role for the ASEAN Summit in decision-making, dispute settlement and dealing with non compliance, to consider developing guidelines based on the relevant recommendations of the Eminent Persons Group on the ASEAN Charter.
Cooperation and Integration
1. Implementing the AEC Blueprint: For the credibility of the ASEAN Community as a whole, to ensure the due implementation of each stage of the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint to enable its timely completion, and allow for the monitoring by the ASEAN Secretariat of steps taken.
2. AEC Investment and Services: To accelerate progress in the investment regime and the liberalization of trade in services in the AEC.
3. Closing the Development Gap: To take stock of existing measures and commit to necessary and additional concrete measures to narrow the development gaps between older and newer ASEAN Member states, and substantially increase intra-ASEAN bilateral ODA and other financial assistance.
4. Crisis Response: To strengthen mechanisms to anticipate and speedily respond to looming crises, including scarcities in resources (e.g. energy, water and food).
5. Climate Change Vulnerabilities: To further the ASEAN Summit’s commitment to address environmental and climate change issues by identifying the aggregate vulnerabilities of ASEAN to climate change and map out appropriate responses.
1. ARF: To develop the ASEAN Regional Forum as advised in the ASEAN ISIS memo (attached).
2. Asian Regionalism: To recognize the importance of strengthening and ensuring the centrality of ASEAN in wider Asian regionalism, and develop synergies between existing mechanisms, while avoiding unnecessary duplications.