1st Quarter 2019
Highlights of Singapore’s 2018 ASEAN Chairmanship
April 30, 2019
During Singapore’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2018, ASEAN undertook a wide range of initiatives to respond to the shared challenges facing the region, including cyber threats, terrorism, climate change, and the disruptions brought about by the digital revolution. ASEAN also stepped up efforts to integrate economies and empower youths, in the hope of building a more resilient and innovative ASEAN Community.
ASEAN leaders committed to promote green jobs
The ASEAN Declaration on Promoting Green Jobs for Equity and Inclusive Growth of ASEAN Community was adopted on 13 November 2018 by the heads of states/governments highlighting the series of events in the 33rd ASEAN Summit.
The adoption of the Declaration shows the political will and commitment of ASEAN leaders to respond to the global and regional environmental impacts that have paved the way for the emergence of green jobs. The Declaration aims to achieve better understanding about green jobs and skills in fostering green workplace practices. Diversities of green products and services among ASEAN member states would also be promoted. On the broader spectrum, actions committed in the Declaration are expected to give positive effects to the environment and labour markets in the region, especially in renewable energy; agriculture; construction; energy; forestry; manufacturing; transport; waste management; urbanisation; tourism; industry; and technology sectors.
13th East Asia Summit leaders’ statement on ASEAN smart cities
The ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) is a platform for cities across ASEAN to tackle urban challenges together, finding innovative digital and technological solutions to improve peoples’ lives. There were 26 cities nominated by their governments to form the ASCN’s pioneer batch in its inaugural year. Delegates learnt about the Smart Nation initiatives taken by Singapore, how the region is preparing for the digital revolution through ASCN, and the external partners’ plans for smart cities cooperation with ASEAN.
In line with the ASEAN Smart Cities Framework, the 26 pilot cities have crafted action plans (from 2018 to 2025) with concrete projects, identifying the steps they need to take towards a smart, sustainable and liveable community. They are venturing into many different important domains, such as healthcare, education, environment and public safety.