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Rabu, 12 Januari 2011
Jakarta, January 12, 2011H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN,Excellencies Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives to ASEAN,Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,Let me first extend to all my best wishes for the New Year. May you all have a prosperous 2011.I also wish to thank His Excellency Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN, and the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) for making possible this important event. Today, as the CPR Chair is handed over from the Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the Permanent Representative of Indonesia, let me seize this opportunity to congratulate Vietnam for a successful chairmanship. Together with all ASEAN members, Indonesia will strive to build on the achievements of Vietnam’s chairmanship. And thus, together, we bring our cooperation to a higher plane.Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen, President Yudhoyono, in his remarks at the closing ceremony of the 17th ASEAN Summit in Ha Noi, stressed that ASEAN must take an upward trajectory and must continue to adapt, as we enter the second decade of the 21st century.Indeed, ever since its inception in 1967, ASEAN has demonstrated an admirable quality and capacity to adapt to the changing regional and global environment. Without, however, setting aside it's fundamental principles and ideals. Indeed, in their realization.Visionary, based on pragmatism and realism.As a result, ASEAN has not only managed the various challenges before it, both regional and global; it has actually thrived within it. Immense contributions have been made to the creation to peace and stability in our region. And, indeed, through the network of ASEAN-led processes, beyond our own region.Such gains did not take place by accident. They were the products of purposeful design based on a shared perspective. Anticipating the enormous changes that would be taking place all over the world. Changes that would demand strong and enlightened regionalism. Changes that would require ASEAN to compete in a globalized and interconnected world economy— to turn challenges into opportunities. Because we acted on the basis of prudent anticipations, ASEAN today has a much greater capacity to overcome every possible global challenge. Thus, for example, drawing valuable lessons from the experience of the late 1990s, ASEAN has not only demonstrated resilience in the face of the recent global financial and economic crisis. Instead, we have also become part of the engine for global economic growth. And therefore a large part of the solution to the crisis. Likewise, responding to the wider region's dynamic and at times uncertain architecture building, ASEAN has not retracted - instead, once again, it has taken the lead, a driving force, as evidenced in the recent revamping of the EAS.Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Now in the year 2011, I am sure that all of us in this room are very much aware of the nature of the challenges that are confronting ASEAN.The world of today is certainly far different from the world that ASEAN had to contend with in 1967 and in 1976 and even in 2003. The challenges posed by this second decade of the 21st century are complex, multifaceted, simultaneous and transnational.As a result, there is a blurring of distinctions between national, regional and global issues. As well as between bilateral and multilateral issues.Those challenges defy national solutions. They are tightly interlinked. Hence, they require solutions that are comprehensive. Anchored on sound national conditions, these challenges demand cooperation among nations for their resolution. Collaboration within regions and between regions. And not least, within global forums such as the United Nations.Ahead, as we realize the vision of an ASEAN Community, there is a compelling need for ASEAN to chart its contribution to the global community of nations. Based and building on its basic principles and ideals, not least as contained in its Charter, to develop a common ASEAN platform on global issues. "ASEAN Community in a global community of nations"A post 2015 vision.An ASEAN that has a global outreach. An ASEAN that is very much in tune with the global realities of our time. An ASEAN that does not stand still—for standing still would disconnect it from fast-changing realities. Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,In this process of adaptation and transformation, the CPR has a key role to play. It can greatly help make ASEAN more relevant and agile. It can greatly help ASEAN move forward while responding to challenges and opportunities as they arise.Indeed, since its inception, the CPR has met its responsibilities and has achieved significant progress in the implementation of its mandates as stipulated in the Charter. The CPR has worked to promote coordination and coherence among the three pillars of the envisioned ASEAN Community by engaging the ASEAN Community Councils and their respective sectoral bodies.The CPR has also facilitated the cooperation between ASEAN and its dialogue and external partners. For these efforts and achievements, I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate and commend the CPR and its previous Chairs. I wish also to thank each of the CPR members for their commitment and dedication to the goals and objectives of the ASEAN Community. But we still have many tasks to carry out. ASEAN must continue contributing to peace, stability and prosperity to its region and beyond.ASEAN must continue, and enhance, serving as net contributor to the solution of global challenges. Most of all, we must work harder to make ASEAN directly beneficial and more meaningful to its peoples.A people-centered ASEAN.These goals require the contributions of the CPR. The CPR must continue pushing forward the implementation of the three pillars of the ASEAN Community.The CPR must also be in the forefront of maintaining ASEAN centrality. It must help ensure that ASEAN stays in the driver’s seat of ASEAN-led forums and processes. And the CPR must work closely with the Secretary-General of ASEAN and the ASEAN Secretariat. And as it goes about its work, the CPR must always keep in mind the need of ASEAN to contribute to the fast-changing circumstances of the region and the world. With the CPR working with diligence and in close cooperation with the secretariat. I am confident we will have another fruitful year for ASEAN. Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,Significant progress on ASEAN Community building;Continued ASEAN leadership in the evolving regional architecture - in particular shaping and forming of the enlarged EAS;Not least, charting a course for ASEAN Community in a global community of nations.Those are our priorities for 2011.All three must be anchored on two key premise.First, both in terms of process and outcome - they must be people centered. Sense of ownership and participation are vital. Common benefits must be felt.Second, they rely, as always, on the continued capacity of ASEAN Secretariat to manifest in a concrete way in well appreciated dedication and diligence. Thus, I shall conclude by once again, expressing appreciation to the Secretariat for its tremendous contribution to the work of ASEAN.Thank you.