Secretary-General of ASEAN shares views on ASEAN’s achievements in interview with VNA

Today, in an interview with Vietnam News Agency, Secretary-General of ASEAN Dr Kao Kim Hourn stressed that ASEAN remains an important player both regionally and globally. Ahead of the 43rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Jakarta next week, Dr Kao shared that ASEAN continues to attract a lot of interest from external partners as an epicentrum of growth.

In an interview with CGTN today, Secretary-General of ASEAN Dr Kao Kim Hourn discussed how ASEAN maintains peace and prosperity in the region. Dr Kao also discussed the many facets of ASEAN’s relationship with China under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership which contains many mechanisms.

CHIANG MAI, 29 August 2023 – ln line with Thailand’s commitment to promote the role of sports in youth crime prevention, the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ), in partnership with the Thai Department of Physical Education, organised a panel discussion as a side event of the Seventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports and related meetings on 28 August to 1 September. Representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat’s Education, Youth, and Sports Division, FIFA, and UNESCO were present to share their perspectives on the topic.

With the theme We Win as OneUnveiling Success Stories in Sports for Youth Crime Prevention in ASEAN Region, the 90-minute dialogue showcased best practices in the use of sports for youth crime prevention through encouraging stories shared by community sports leaders.

In his keynote remarks, Dr Niwat Limsukniran, Director General for Department of Physical Education, highlighted the power of sports to bring people together across borders. He further emphasised how collaboration between different stakeholders could inspire further partnerships and action through strategic programmes that promote gender equality and youth development. He also appreciated the participation of ASEAN Member States and partner organisations in the event.

The hour-long discussion was moderated by Kittipoom Neamhom of TIJ and was participated in by Piyawan Poomkeaw, Manager of Bounce Be Good Club, a Thailand-based initiative focused on promoting positive outlook for children and youth through training programmes, and Belle Tiongco of Football for Humanity who shared insights on initiatives to prevent online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC) in the Philippines.

“We believe that in the communities where we are present, we will see a reduction or even zero incidents of OSAEC among the target groups. We will also see greater community cohesion where parents and community leaders are actively participating in FFH’s programme,” said Tiongco.

Jessica Hutting of Kampus Diakonia Modern Foundation (KDM Foundation) shared stories about Program BOLA, an initiative that provides sports-focused activities for street children and youth. Meanwhile, Nguyen Hoang Phuong, Director of Football for All in Viet Nam, shared insights on how to reshape societal perceptions towards gender roles by providing equal opportunities to play for boys and girls while also incorporating a life skills education programme.

Phuong emphasised three main factors to ensure sustainability of youth crime prevention programmes through sports, namely the use of a participatory approach to engage local community and setting up programmes that suit each locality as customised programmes show commitment towards the cause; combining resources and expertise, strengthening partnerships with different stakeholders, and encouraging stakeholders’ involvement from national to international level; and, the promotion of supportive legal frameworks and policies to ensure availability of resources and sustainability of implementation of initiatives. The importance of cross-sectoral coordination was also highlighted during the discussion.

By nadeem faisal baiga