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I. Track 1—Governmental Meetings

  1. Trilateral Coordination Oversight Group Meeting (TCOG)
  2. "Strengthening Export Controls on Small Arms and Light Weapons"(SALW) - Implementing the UN Programme of Action
  3. ASEAN Workshop on Combating Terrorism & Police Expo 2003
  4. Pacific Islands Countries Regional Seminar on Small Arms
  5. Counter Terrorism Finance Workshop
  6. 14th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting (AEMM)
  7. ASEAN-SOM
  8. ASEAN Cooperation Forum on HIV/AIDS
  9. ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Intersessional Support Group on Confidence Building Measures (ISG on CBMs) Workshop on Maritime Security Challenges
  10. 2nd ASEAN+3 Directors-General Meeting
  11. 1st ASEAN-China Investment Consultation
  12. ASEM Conference on rehabilitation, repatriation and reintegration of the victims of trafficking in persons
  13. ASEAN Foreign Ministers Informal Meeting
  14. 1st ARF Inter-Sessional Meeting on Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (ISM CT-TC)
  15. ARF Inter-Sessional Group on Confidence-Building Measures
  16. First Meeting of the ASEAN - US Informal Coordinating Mechanism
  17. ASEAN AEM Retreat, AEM - EU Consultations
  18. 19th ASEAN-Japan Forum
  19. 7th ASEAN-ROK Dialogue Meeting
  20. Civil-Military Cooperation in Peace Operations Seminar
  21. ASEAN-India Joint Cooperation Committee
  22. The Beijing Talks Between China, the DPRK and the United States
  23. Special ASEAN + 3 Ministers of Health Special Meeting on SARS
  24. ASEAN Special SOM, ASEAN+3 SOM ARF SOM and Working Group Meetings
  25. The Second Bali Regional Ministerial Conference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime
  26. Special ASEAN Leaders Meeting on SARS and Special ASEAN-China Leaders Meeting on SARS
  27. ASEAN-New Zealand Joint Management Committee Meeting
  28. 19th ASEAN-Australia Forum
  29. Workshop on Sea Piracy
  30. The Third Japan-Pacific Islands Forum Summit Meeting (PALM2003)
  31. 5th ASEAN-India SOM
  32. ASEAN Workshop on Counter Terrorism
  33. The Third Shanghai Cooperation Organization Leadership Summit
  34. U.S. State Department Workshop on Trafficking in Persons
  35. ASEAN, China, Japan, and the ROK (10+3) High-Level Symposium on SARS
  36. ARF CBM Workshop on Managing Consequences of a Major Terrorist Attack
  37. 3rd Meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Committee on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation (AJCCEP)
  38. ASEAN+3 Petroleum Security Workshop
  39. Third Annual ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC)- At the threshold of the 22nd ASEAN Games in December, SOMTC+3, SOMTC+China, SOMTC+US, SOMTC+EU
  40. Special ASEAN+3 Health Officials Meeting on SARS - "ASEAN is a SARS Free Region.
  41. Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group Meeting (TCOG)
  42. ASEAN SOM
  43. The 36th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM), ASEAN +3 Foreign Ministers Meeting, Meeting of the Commission for Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (SEANWFZ),10th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), Post Ministerial Conferences, 3rd Ministerial Meeting on Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC)
  44. WHO Global Conference on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), SARS: Where Do We Go From Here?
  45. The Second Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Ministerial Meeting
  46. Workshop on Strengthening Capacity Building for Epidemiological Surveillance of SARS in ASEAN+3 Countries
  47. 21st ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM), Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME), SOME+3, SOME-METI (Japan)
  48. 2nd ASEAN-China Investment Consultation
  49. Meeting on Strengthening Capacity and Quality Assurance of Diagnostic Laboratories to Support Infectious Disease Surveillance in the ASEAN+3 Countries
  50. United Nations First Biennial Meeting of States on the Implementation of the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons
  51. ASEAN-China Symposium on Economic and Social Impact of SARS
  52. 5th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers Meeting
  53. 4th Meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Committee on CEP (AJCCEP)
  54. ASEAN SEOM Consultation with Dialogue Partners (India, CER, Plus 3, METI-Japan, MOFCOM-China, EU and USTR)
  55. 34th Pacific Islands Forum
  56. ASEAN SOM
  57. Six-Party Talks on the North Korea Nuclear Crisis
  58. 5th Meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Committee on Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCCEP)
  59. ASEAN SEOM, SEOM-MOFCOM, China Consultations, SEOM-METI, Japan Consultations, SEOM+3 Consultations
  60. 2nd ASEM Seminar on Enhancing Support and Cooperation for Strengthening Social Policies to Assist Trafficked Women and Children
  61. The 35th ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting (AEM); 6th AEM+3 Consultation; AEM-MOFCOM China; AEM-METI Japan; 2nd AEM-India; AEM-Closer Economic Relations (CER) with Australia and New Zealand; AEM-USTR, AEM-EU Consultations
  62. 23rd ASEANAPOL (ASEAN Chiefs of Police)
  63. ASEAN SOM
  64. ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Meeting
  65. ASEM Seminar on Anti-terrorism
  66. Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)
  67. 11th ASEAN Task Force on AIDS (ATFOA)
  68. ASEAN SOM+3 and SOM+1 with China, Japan, ROK and India and Joint Ministerial Meeting (AMM, AEM)
  69. 9th ASEAN Summit, 7th ASEAN+3 Summit, 2nd ASEAN-India Summit, ASEAN+ China, ASEAN+ Japan, ASEAN+Korea
  70. "Building Regional HIV Resilience along Asian Highway Network"
  71. 7th ARF Meeting of the Heads of Defence Colleges/Institutions
  72. Tokyo Defense Forum - 8th Forum for Defense Authorities In the Asia-Pacific Region
  73. Conference on Institutional Development in Finance in East Asia
  74. Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2003 - "Asia Searching for Win-Win: Development through Cooperation"
  75. 1st ASEAN-Japan High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societies -
  76. Asian Senior-level Talks on Non-Proliferation (ASTOP)
  77. ARF Inter-Sessional Support Group on Confidence Building Measures
  78. ASEAN-Japan Anti-Terrorism Summit
  79. ASEAN-Japan Investment-Business Alliance Seminar, "Strengthening the Economic Relationship between ASEAN and Japan"
  80. Japan-ASEAN Commemorative Summit in Japan
  81. The Inaugural Plenary Meeting of the East Asia Forum - "Peace, Prosperity and Progress in East Asia: Challenges and New Visions"

  1. Trilateral Coordination Oversight Group Meeting (TCOG)
    Washington D.C., January 7
    Foreign ministry officials from Japan, Korea and U.S. participated. The three delegations expressed serious concern over recent steps taken by North Korea to lift its nuclear freeze and called upon North Korea to undo these measures and not take any precipitous action. They urged North Korea to comply with the IAEA and to eliminate its nuclear weapons program They reiterated their intention to pursue a peaceful and diplomatic resolution of the issue. They stressed that North Korea's relations with the entire international community hinge on its taking prompt and verifiable action to completely dismantle its nuclear weapons program and come into full compliance with its international nuclear commitments.
    Web site: http://www.infojapan.org/region/asia-paci/n_korea/nt/joint0301.html
  2. "Strengthening Export Controls on Small Arms and Light Weapons"(SALW) - Implementing the UN Programme of Action
    London, January 14-15
    Total of 133 participants, mostly government officials from 49 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America and South America that produce or export small arms and light weapons, as well as representatives of non-governmental and international organizations. The conference considered how to implement the July 2001 UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects (UN PoA). Participants agreed that the excessive accumulation and uncontrolled spread of SALW pose a serious threat to peace, reconciliation, security and sustainable development. Participants agreed that governments of states that transfer SALW bear responsibility for controlling trade in the weapons and recognized the need to strengthen their export controls and ensure that terrorists and criminals that violate international humanitarian law or abuse human rights do not gain access to them. Hosted by U.K.'s Foreign Office, the Department for International Development (DFID), and the Ministry of Defence.
    Web site: http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Pubs/files/exp_controls_small_arms.pdf
  3. ASEAN Workshop on Combating Terrorism & Police Expo 2003
    Jakarta, January 20-22
    Approximately 100 delegates including the police chiefs from the ten ASEAN countries and other law enforcement officials and anti-terrorism experts from ASEAN and its dialogue partners in the Asia-Pacific came together to exchange views on anti-terrorism and transnational organized crime. Southeast Asian police agreed to establish an anti-terrorism task force in each country to strengthen cooperation in curbing terrorism and to collaborate on post-terrorist attacks. This would enhance communications and provide assistance to member countries in identifying, pursuing and arresting suspects. Sponsored by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Contact Geraldine Goh, Senior Officer, Public Information, ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, Indonesia, fax: +62-21-739-8234 or 724-3504, email: geraldine@aseansec.org
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/13995.htm
  4. Pacific Islands Countries Regional Seminar on Small Arms
    Tokyo, January 20-22
    44 representatives of the Pacific Islands countries and other interested countries, 5 individuals from the UN and other international and regional organizations and 5 representatives of NGOs and civil society attended the seminar. This seminar was intended to enhance the awareness of the small-arms-related problems of the Pacific Islands region. Unique measures are required to address the problem in the Pacific Islands region owing to the inadequate management of weapons storage, which leads to the illegal circulation of weapons, and the difficulty of enforcing customs regulations at the border, all of which lead to the prevalent illicit trade in weapons. Organized by the Governments of Japan and Australia.
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/announce/event/2003/1/0122.html
  5. Counter Terrorism Finance Workshop
    Singapore, January 21-22
    Senior officials from the foreign ministries, law enforcement and financial regulatory agencies of more than 20 countries in ASEAN and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) exchanged views and national experiences in order to promote international cooperation in combating terrorist financing. The workshop dealt with compliance with UN resolutions and also examined ways to reinforce the counter terrorism finance capabilities of domestic institutions. Senior representatives from the UN's Counter Terrorism Committee, FATF and the Asia/ Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) also addressed the workshop. Hosted by the Governments of the United States and Singapore. Web site: http://www.state.gov/s/ct/terfin/17089.htm
  6. 14th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting (AEMM)
    Brussels, January 27-28
    The AEMM brought together Foreign Ministers from the 10 ASEAN and 15 EU member countries, and the European Commission to further strengthen the links between ASEAN and Europe. At the 14th AEMM, preceded by an ASEAN-EU SOM, Ministers discussed regional and global political-security issues, exchanged views on the regional and international economic situation, and reviewed ASEAN-EU relations. The 14th AEMM issued a Joint Declaration on Cooperation to Combat Terrorism and agreed to exchange information on the creation of effective policies regulatory frameworks. This agreement includes more cooperation between the police forces of both regions. The EU reiterated her readiness to assist ASEAN integration, such as building ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) based on the experiences of the European Economic Community (EEC). They agreed to strengthen bilateral flows of trade and investment and greater cultural cooperation.
  7. ASEAN-SOM
    Phnom Penh, February 11-12
  8. ASEAN Cooperation Forum on HIV/AIDS
    Bangkok, February 19-20 Participants were from ASEAN member countries, the ASEAN Task Force on AIDS, the ASEAN Secretariat and also representatives of donor countries and regional and international agencies such as UNAIDS. The meeting was intended to promote understanding of the AWPII (ASEAN Work Programme on HIV/AIDS II)'s goals, programs and priorities, as well as to mobilize technical and financial support of donor countries, non-governmental organizations and international agencies. The participants discussed ways to make HIV/AIDS part of the development agenda, and to reduce the socio-economic impact of the disease on society. Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/aidsforum_programme.pdf
  9. ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Intersessional Support Group on Confidence Building Measures (ISG on CBMs) Workshop on Maritime Security Challenges
    Mumbai, February 27 - March 1
    More than 60 participants from 16 countries and international organizations such as International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and International Maritime Board (IMB). After briefings on actions being taken by various countries to combat terrorism, piracy and armed robbery at sea, participants discussed specific measures, such as global standard operations, sharing of information, satellite tracking of vessels, as well as the challenges to these actions. Finally, they discussed illegal immigration and people smuggling and the necessity for laws on these issues. Co-hosted by the Governments of India and the United States of America, and convened by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and Headquarters, Integrated Defence Staff.
  10. 2nd ASEAN+3 Directors-General Meeting
    Jakarta, February 28 - March 1
    A regular meeting to ensure the progress of the ASEAN+3 process. The participants discussed a number of recommendations made by the East Asia Study Group (EASG) in areas of economics, health and IT. They agreed to implement project proposals from Japan on human resource development and people exchanges among researchers, academia, business people and professionals. They also agreed to pursue the formation of the East Asia Forum, comprising government officials, academics and business, as proposed by Korea. The ASEAN + 3 leaders agreed to enhance cooperation, coordination and the sharing of information in the fight against terrorism and transnational crime.
  11. 1st ASEAN-China Investment Consultation
    Singapore, March 17
  12. ASEM Conference on rehabilitation, repatriation and reintegration of the victims of trafficking in persons
    Bangkok, March 19-21
  13. ASEAN Foreign Ministers Informal Meeting
    Karambunai, Sabah, Malaysia, March 18-19
    This meeting, held on the eve of the war in Iraq, saw leaders disagreeing on some points related to the war in Iraq but agreeing on the following: opposition to proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; upholding the principles of the UN; and ensuring a strong UN role in rebuilding post-war Iraq and in providing humanitarian assistance. They agreed on the need to resolve international conflicts through diplomacy, particularly in the case of the Korean peninsula.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/viewpdf.asp?file=/ar03/pdf/Chapter1.pdf
  14. 1st ARF Inter-Sessional Meeting on Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (ISM CT-TC)
    Karambunai, Sabah, Malaysia, March 21-22
    Representatives from Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, EU, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, U.S. and Vietnam attended the Meeting. The agenda centered on recent terrorist activities, and counter-terrorism measures and border security to manage the movement of people, goods and documents. Participants provided updates on their nations' counter-terrorism measures, stressing the importance of cooperation and intelligence sharing, and the need for developing countries to be assisted in capacity building and acquisition of the necessary technology. This is also necessary to better understand the flow of people and prevent the movement of terrorists and their resources. Participants also noted the creation of the Southeast Asia Regional Center for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT), spearheaded by Malaysia. Co-chaired by Malaysia and the United States.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/15133.htm
  15. ARF Inter-Sessional Group on Confidence-Building Measures
    Vientiane, March 26-28
    Representatives of all ARF countries except Papua New Guinea and the DPRK were in attendance. With the ARF goal of increasing the participation of defense and military officials, most delegations included defense officials at both ISGs. The agenda included discussions on: Exchange of Views on the Regional and International Security Situation - mainly terrorism and international cooperation to counter that threat, concern regarding the worsening situation on the Korean peninsula, regret that the Iraq situation had not been resolved by diplomatic means; Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime of Concern to the Region; Consideration of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs); Future Direction of ARF, including discussions on assisting the ARF Chair through the ASEAN Secretariat, developing the Register of Experts and Eminent Persons, strengthening CBMs, boosting the involvement of defense officials in the ARF process, enhancing linkages with Track 2 and other organizations and providing substantive follow-up to the ARF's work on preventive diplomacy. Co-chaired by the Governments of New Zealand and Laos.
    Web site: http://www.dfat.gov.au/arf/intersessional/report_interses_02_03.html
  16. First Meeting of the ASEAN - US Informal Coordinating Mechanism
    Vientiane, March 28
    This meeting took stock of ASEAN-US development cooperation and planned future activities based on the ASEAN Cooperation Plan (ACP) signed by ASEAN and U.S. in August 2002, for cooperation in information technology, agricultural biotechnology, health, and disaster response.
  17. ASEAN AEM Retreat, AEM - EU Consultations
    Luang Prabang, Laos, April 2-4
  18. 19th ASEAN-Japan Forum
    Tokyo, April 7-8
    The meeting reviewed ASEAN-Japan economic relations, ASEAN-Japan Exchange Year 2003, human resource development, development cooperation and political and security issues including the holding of the ASEAN-Japan commemorative summit. Hosted by the Japanese MOFA.
    Web site: http://www.myanmar.com/ACOCI/NEWS/news2003/April/Apr11.html
  19. 7th ASEAN-ROK Dialogue Meeting
    Makati City, Philippines, April 8-9
    Korea reiterated its commitment to participate in the ASEAN Mekong Basin Development Cooperation and both sides expressed their commitment to implement the short-term measures as well as to work towards the realization of the long-term measures recommended in the Final Report of the EASG.
  20. Civil-Military Cooperation in Peace Operations Seminar
    Tokyo, April 14-18
    Military and civilian police participants from 14 countries in Asia and the Pacific - Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, U.S., and Vietnam. Also 9 international organizations (IOs), including the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), World Food Programme (WFP), UN Emergency Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and some NGOs - Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA), Municipal Institute for International Cooperation (Japan), Association for Aid and Relief (Japan), and Peace Winds Japan. Additional Japanese NGOS participated in a panel on the closing day. Five-day multinational seminar-game aimed at uncovering civil-military relationship issues that accompany modern peace support operations. The topics covered were Evolving UN Peace Operations, The Humanitarian Role in Peacekeeping Operations, The Role of the Military in Peace Operations, and Policy and Political Factors in Shaping the Civil-Military Relationship. Organized by The Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, a civil-military liaison organization. The Governments of Japan and the United States, and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations produced the game. Co-sponsored by the International Peace Cooperation Division, Foreign Policy Bureau, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Pacific Command through its support of the Asia Pacific Peace Operations Capacity Building Program. Contact The Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, email: pr@coe-dmha.org
    Web site: http://coe-dmha.org/APRI/Japan/index.htm
  21. ASEAN-India Joint Cooperation Committee
    New Delhi, April 22-23
    The parties reviewed the progress of existing ASEAN-India projects and looked into new areas of cooperation. India expressed interest in promoting cooperation with ASEAN in the areas of science and technology, space technology, biology, and agriculture.
  22. The Beijing Talks Between China, the DPRK and the United States
    Beijing, April 23-25
    Attended by governmental delegations of the three countries. United States and China made it clear that they and their allies hoped to achieve disarmament on the Korean peninsula through peaceful and diplomatic means. They reaffirmed their commitment to a multilateral approach and the US applauded China's efforts to bring the countries together. North Korea showed discontent at the US not changing its stance that North Korea needed to scrap its nuclear program before progress could be made. Hosted by the Chinese Government.
    Web site: http://www.acronym.org.uk/docs/0304/doc06.htm
  23. Special ASEAN + 3 Ministers of Health Special Meeting on SARS
    Kuala Lumpur, April 26
    Health Ministers from the ASEAN countries plus China, Japan and Korea met and agreed to adopt cooperation at national and regional levels to prevent and control the spread of SARS. Proposals for cooperative measures included enhancing the exchange of information, including the use of a website to support the exchange of information, the establishment of an ASEAN center of excellence for disease control, assistance of professional knowledge, sharing of experience, training of medicare staffs, and close coordination among countries in carrying out preventive activities along borders.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/sars1.htm
  24. ASEAN Special SOM, ASEAN+3 SOM ARF SOM and Working Group Meetings
    Siem Reap, April 27-30
    ASEAN Special SOM (28-29/4): Primarily concerned with preparations for the 36th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM) and others to be held in Phnom Penh on 16-20 June 2003, with discussions on the draft statement of the 36th AMM and the draft statement of the 10th ARF Chair. Also discussed were ASEAN external relations, including the preparation of procedure for ASEAN dialogue partners, especially China and Russia to accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC). They also held discussions on various regional issues, such as terrorism, post war situation in Iraq, Middle East, Korean peninsula and the spread of SARS.
    ASEAN + 3 SOM (29/4): participation of ten ASEAN members, China, Japan, South Korea, as well as ASEAN Secretary General. The meeting focused mainly on examining the implementation of the statement on East Asia, terrorism, Korean peninsula, regional and international situation and the implementation of the resolutions reached at the previous ASEAN +3 Summit. This meeting discussed the establishment of the East Asia Forum initiated by South Korean Prime Minister, the preparation for ASEAN + 3 Ministerial Meeting, and the arrangement for ASEAN + 3 Summit - October 2003 in Bali. ASEAN + Japan SOM met to discuss the statement for ASEAN + Japan Summit to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Relations (December 11-12, 2003 in Tokyo). ASEAN SOM also met with China and Russia regarding the procedure for the admission of China and Russia into the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC).
    ARF Senior Officials' Meeting (ARF SOM) (30/4-1/5): participation of the senior officials of 23 ARF member countries. The meeting focused on the regional and international situation, particularly the measures against the threat of international terrorism, the post war situation in Iraq, and the tension on the Korean peninsula, the fight against piracy, especially the discussion and adoption of the ASEAN Regional Forum's statement on cooperation against piracy and other threats to the security of navigation, and adoption of the ARF's statement on cooperation against terrorism.
    Web site: http://www.mfaic.gov.kh/Information/Bulletin/2003/April/April%20Bulletin.htm
  25. The Second Bali Regional Ministerial Conference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime
    Bali, April 28-30
    The Conference was attended by 28 Ministers from 32 countries across the Asia-Pacific (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, DPRK, East Timor, Fiji, France (New Caledonia), India, Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam), as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), representatives from the International Organisation for Migration and a further 13 international agencies, representatives from 14 observer countries and over 300 experts. Participants met to discuss the increasingly complex migration management challenges facing governments of the region. They noted the significant progress in the areas of model legislation to criminalize people smuggling and trafficking, strengthening of cooperation between law enforcement agencies and mechanisms to facilitate information exchange. Plans for the experts groups include future work on public awareness, returns, legislation, law enforcement, border management and improved measures to verify identity and procedures for document examination. Hosted by the Foreign Ministers of Australia and Indonesia.
    Web site: http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/2003/joint_people_smuggling_conf_2.html
  26. Special ASEAN Leaders Meeting on SARS and Special ASEAN-China Leaders Meeting on SARS
    Bangkok, April 29
    Attended by all Heads of State of ASEAN and China. Following on from the ASEAN+3 Health Ministers Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, the leaders of ASEAN and China met in Bangkok and reaffirmed their commitment to full and speedy implementation of measures to restore the security, safety and confidence of people throughout the East Asian region. They discussed the exchange of technical assistance and information on the treatment of SARS and the latest developments based on unified rules, standards and methods. They agreed to appoint a focal / contact point to facilitate communication in an emergency and to carry out cooperative research and training on SARS.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/sars2.htm, http://www.aseansec.org/sars3.htm
  27. ASEAN-New Zealand Joint Management Committee Meeting
    Wellington, May 6
    The parties discussed ways to improve the process, coordination, management, and cost-sharing of development cooperation projects.
  28. 19th ASEAN-Australia Forum
    Bandar Seri Begawan, May 8-9
    Participated in by all members of ASEAN, Australia and representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat. They discussed the range of security challenges confronting the region, such as the threat posed by international terrorism to regional peace, security and economic prosperity, but agreed that the situation was fairly stable. They agreed also that the cooperation between the states on counter terrorism had been excellent and renewed their commitment to cooperation and information sharing, as well as in the prevention of transnational problems such as people-smuggling, narcotics trafficking, money laundering and HIV/AIDs.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/14777.htm
  29. Workshop on Sea Piracy
    Penang, Malaysia, May 12-15
  30. The Third Japan-Pacific Islands Forum Summit Meeting (PALM2003)
    Okinawa, Japan, May 16-17
    Attended by the leaders of the 16 members of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) - Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Marshal Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Kitibati, Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, and Niue. Nauru was not present. Discussed regional development strategies and other issues including security, environment, SARS, education and human resources development, health and trade and investment. At the conclusion, Australia, Japan and New Zealand issued a joint statement confirming their commitment to a safe and prosperous Pacific Islands region. Hosted by Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/spf/palm2003/outcome-6.html
  31. 5th ASEAN-India SOM
    New Delhi, May 20-21
    Attended by foreign affairs ministry officials from all ASEAN countries and India, as well as representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat. The attendees discussed India-ASEAN relations and agreed that greater cooperation was important for the stability of the region. They noted the economic benefits to be realized from the relationship and restated their commitment to formulating a Framework Agreement on Economic Cooperation. They also committed to increased cooperation in combating terrorism.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/14796.htm
  32. ASEAN Workshop on Counter Terrorism
    Kuala Lumpur, May 27-29
  33. The Third Shanghai Cooperation Organization Leadership Summit
    Moscow, May 28-29
    Attended by the Prime Ministers of the 6 member countries - China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Leaders discussed how to strengthen coordination and expand cooperation in the current situation, to promote regional peace and development. They reached consensus on a broad scale and issued the Moscow Declaration after the meeting, agreeing to establish the SCO Secretariat in Beijing and the headquarters of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Center in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Participants urged each other to adhere to and safeguard the "Shanghai spirit" of mutual trust and benefit, equality, consultation, respect for different civilizations, and common prosperity. China also stated that the priority for the SCO is to speed up its organizational and institutional construction, and to broaden cooperation on security and economic matters.
    Web site: http://russia.shaps.hawaii.edu/fp/russia/20030529_sco_c_1.html, http://www.vic-info.org/RegionsTop.nsf/0/c957ee055ae8b4900a256d360083cfa5?OpenDocument
  34. U.S. State Department Workshop on Trafficking in Persons
    Bangkok, June 3-5
  35. ASEAN, China, Japan, and the ROK (10+3) High-Level Symposium on SARS
    Beijing, June 3-4
    More than 100 health officials and experts from ASEAN countries, China, Japan and Korea, in addition to the World Health Organization and health officials from Canada, France, Mongolia, U.K., and U.S., and delegates from Cameroon and Russian embassies in China. Follow-up to the Special ASEAN-China Leaders Meeting on SARS held in April, the intention of the symposium was to exchange information and experience on SARS prevention and treatment, particularly on issues like epidemiological investigation, clinical treatment, diagnosis and medical research so as to seek more international cooperation. Organized by the Ministry of Health of China and Chinese Medical Association.
    Web site: http://www.china.org.cn/english/features/SARS/66204.htm
  36. ARF CBM Workshop on Managing Consequences of a Major Terrorist Attack
    Darwin, Australia, June 3-5
    Attended by 72 experts in emergency response, civil defense, aid and police/law enforcement agencies as well as Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, from Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, U.S. and Vietnam, and officers from the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre. Participants shared perspectives on strengthening cooperation among ARF countries in order to respond to a major terrorist attack, including one using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons. They were given practical situations and asked to consider the scope for practical cooperation amongst the relevant agencies and discussed the lessons learned from the October 2002 Bali bombings. A list of recommendations was compiled and Singapore volunteered to coordinate a list of national disaster-response contacts, with a view to establishing and maintaining a register of countries operational and management capabilities. Hosted by the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
    Web site: http://www.dfat.gov.au/arf/terrorist/consequence_management_workshop.html
  37. 3rd Meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Committee on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation (AJCCEP)
    Yangon, June 8-9
    Representatives from various ministries, such as agriculture and economy from ASEAN and Japan attended this meeting. The first and second of these meetings were held in Malaysia in March and in Japan in April respectively. All meetings are designed to move the November 2002 Phnom Penh joint declaration into a framework and then on to realization of cooperation in economic initiatives.
  38. ASEAN+3 Petroleum Security Workshop
    Kuala Lumpur, June 9-10
    Attended by representatives of ministries in charge of energy from the ASEAN nations plus China, Japan and Korea as well as representatives from various energy-concerned institutions and associations. Discussions included proposals for approaches to Cooperation on Energy Security from ASEAN and China, Japan and Republic of Korea, the development of a framework including objectives, and the creation of a Task Force for cooperation on energy security. Organized and co-hosted by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Japan, Ministry of Energy, Communications and Multimedia (MECM) Malaysia and ASEAN Council on Petroleum (ASCOPE). Contact: ASEAN Centre for Energy, email: ace-hq@aseanenergy.org
    Web site: http://www.petronas.com.my/intranet/ascope/ascope.nsf/0/04abdd8d2c46ea0148256d4700104ed5?OpenDocument
  39. Third Annual ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC)- At the threshold of the 22nd ASEAN Games in December, SOMTC+3, SOMTC+China, SOMTC+US, SOMTC+EU
    Hanoi, June 9-13
    SOMTC - June 9-10, SOMTC+3 - June 11, SOMTC + China - June 12, SOMTC + US - June 12, SOMTC + EU - June 13.
    Attended by 150 international delegates from ASEAN member countries, Japan, China, South Korea, Europe and U.S. and some international organizations such as Interpol. During the course of the five meetings, senior officials reviewed and worked out concrete measures to strengthen the cooperation within ASEAN and between ASEAN and its dialogue partners. This includes cooperation on combating transnational crimes, such as terrorism, people smuggling, narcotics-related, money laundering, sea piracy, and high-tech crimes. 3rd annual SOMTC reviewed the implementation of the Work Program to Implement the ASEAN Plan of Action to Combat Transnational Crime. The ASEAN countries reaffirmed efforts in the fight against transnational crimes in order to build a politically stable region for co-operation and development. At the meeting with China, the two sides agreed to enhance the exchange of technical and intelligence information. They also agreed to exchange experience in combating international crime, to promote personnel exchange and training for law enforcement officers and experts, to strengthen the law enforcement cooperation, and to encourage joint research activities. Organized by the Ministry of Public Security, Vietnam
    Web site: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200306/13/eng20030613_118192.shtml
    http://www.quehuong.org.vn/so227-2003/tin7.htm
  40. Special ASEAN+3 Health Officials Meeting on SARS - "ASEAN is a SARS Free Region.
    Siem Reap, June 10-11
    Health Ministers from all ASEAN nations, except Myanmar, and health department officials from China, Japan and Korea, plus observers from Canada, Mongolia and the World Health Organization, attended this meeting which was preceded by an ASEAN + 3 Senior Health Officials Meeting on June 8-9. The participants discussed how to strengthen the region's capacity to prevent and control SARS and other infectious diseases. A framework action plan, adopted by the ministers, highlighted four priority areas such as guidelines for international travel, ASEAN SARS containment information network, capacity building for outbreak alert and response and public education and information.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/health+3_sars.htm
  41. Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group Meeting (TCOG)
    Honolulu, June 13
    Three-way talks between foreign ministry officials from Japan, Korea, and U.S. They agreed to continue to seek a complete, verifiable, and irreversible end to North Korea's nuclear weapons program through peaceful, diplomatic means. They also agreed that this should take a multilateral approach. The three delegations expressed concern about illegal activities by North Korean entities, including drug running and counterfeiting, and discussed means of cooperating among themselves and with other countries and international organizations to stop such activities. They acknowledged China for coordinating the 6-way talks with North Korea in April.
    Web site: http://www.infojapan.org/region/asia-paci/n_korea/nt/joint0306.html
  42. ASEAN SOM
    Phnom Penh, June 14
    Senior officials were presented with a Plan of Action (POA) for the establishment of an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism by the related Working Group. The action plan sets four ventures: involve ASEAN governments in its pursuit for a mechanism by drafting a concept paper about the proposed regional human rights system; strengthen the involvement of ASEAN officials in the initiative through appropriate exchanges and dialogues; and directly link with heads of state to encourage them to take steps to promote and protect human rights in their respective countries and in the region. The plan also calls for multi-sector input and the creation of a Southeast Asian Centre for Human Rights to assist in promotion and education as well as capacity building of national institutions.
  43. The 36th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM), ASEAN +3 Foreign Ministers Meeting, Meeting of the Commission for Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (SEANWFZ),10th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), Post Ministerial Conferences, 3rd Ministerial Meeting on Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC)
    Phnom Penh, June 16-20
    16-17 June 36th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting
    Attended by the Foreign Ministers and other delegates from the foreign ministries of the ASEAN countries, and the Foreign Affairs Ministers from Papua New Guinea and East Timor as observer and guest respectively. Theme was "Towards an ASEAN Economic Community - Integrated and Outward-Looking." Participants applauded their ability to cooperate on major regional issues, as was shown in how they dealt with SARS, and stressed the importance of solidarity, especially on issues such as terrorism. They reaffirmed the need to move into deeper regional economic integration and toward an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the consequent need to narrow the development gap within ASEAN. They discussed other issues of significance to regional and international security such as the Korean peninsula, Iraq and the Middle East. http://www.aseansec.org/14833.htm
    17 June ASEAN + 3 Foreign Ministers' Meeting
    Including meetings of ASEAN+3 SOM, ASEAN+3 Directors-General.
    17 June 5th Meeting of the Commission for SEANWFZ (Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapons Free Zone)
    18 June 10th ASEAN Regional Forum
    Attended by Ministers from ARF member countries. The key topics at this forum were terrorism, transnational crime and nonproliferation. The ministers adopted the "ARF Statement on Cooperative Counter-Terrorist Actions on Border Security", expressing their determination to take cooperative, practical and concrete measures to strengthen their borders against terrorism. They urged North Korea to comply with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and reverse its withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The participants also pressed the military junta governing Myanmar to make efforts towards democracy in that nation. Finally, they agreed to the importance of linkages between Track 1 and Track 2 activities and agreed to aim to enhance this interaction. Web site: http://www.dfat.gov.au/arf/statements/10_chair.html
    19 -20 June ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference (PMC) 10 +10
    Attended by the Ministers (or their representatives) of the 10 ASEAN nations and ASEAN's 10 Dialogue Partners - Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia and U.S. The UNDP is also a Dialogue Partner. Participants exchanged views on regional and international issues such as the Middle East and terrorism, financial and trade issues, development cooperation, showing their support for the Initiative for ASEAN Integration, transnational issues such as trafficking in persons and drugs, HIV/AIDS, SARS and the environment. Separate bilateral meetings between ASEAN and each dialogue partner followed this. The "Joint Declaration of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Russia and Member States of ASEAN on Partnership for Peace, Stability and Security in the Asia-Pacific Region" was agreed to by both sides. Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/14852.htm
    20 June 3rd Ministerial Meeting on Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC)
    Participants were the Foreign Ministers of India, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. They assessed their co-operation in tourism, culture, education and transport and agreed that they needed to move from ideas to practical projects in accordance with the Hanoi Plan of Action. They all expressed their wishes for peace, stability and development of the region.
    Web site: http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/2003-06/21/Stories/04.htm
    General website: http://www.mfaic.gov.kh./36thAMM%201.htm
    List of related documents available: http://www.aseansec.org/89_14740.htm
  44. WHO Global Conference on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), SARS: Where Do We Go From Here?
    Kuala Lumpur, June 17-18
    More than 900 government officials, health ministry officials, scientific, medical and disease experts, medical research facility and WHO officials from 44 countries (Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, U.K., U.S., Vietnam, Zimbabwe). They met to exchange clinical and epidemiological experiences in dealing with SARS, discuss regional responses and to determine the best practices for treating it. SARS proved how rapidly new disease can spread in the present highly inter-connected and mobile world and underlined the need for a timely, transparent and efficient communication exchange between all countries. Conversely, it was found that the inter-connected world made it easier to share new research and disseminate key information in an effort to fight the disease.
    Web site: http://www.who.int/csr/sars/conference/june_2003/materials/report/en/
  45. The Second Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Ministerial Meeting
    Chiang Mai, Thailand, June 21-22
    156 participants from the 18 member countries- Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. They were foreign ministers, ministers of commerce and industry, other government officials, ambassadors and other embassy representatives. The participants agreed with the importance of strengthening closer cooperation through the framework of ACD - a fundamental channel to boost mutual benefits on the basis of regional diversity and existing potentials. Individual countries presented papers on issues such as energy, IT, tourism though the key area of work for the ACD is on financial issues such as the creation of an Asian currency and an Asian credit-rating agency. The main outcomes of the meeting were the adoption of the Chiang Mai Declaration on Asian Bond Market Development, to give that process political impetus, and the welcoming to the ACD of the four new member countries - Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Oman and Kuwait.
    Web site: http://www.acddialogue.com/web/21.php
  46. Workshop on Strengthening Capacity Building for Epidemiological Surveillance of SARS in ASEAN+3 Countries
    Bangkok, June 25-27
  47. 21st ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM), Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME), SOME+3, SOME-METI (Japan) Langkawi Island, Malaysia, June 30 - July 3
    Attended by energy and other senior ministers from the 10 ASEAN nations plus the ministers from China, Japan and Korea for the latter meetings. The ministers took stock of the progress that had been made in energy cooperation such as on a gas pipeline project and in conservation. They recognized the growing demand for energy in East Asia and thus the need for cooperation with China, Japan and Korea to resolve mutual issues of energy security, natural gas and renewable energy development and oil.
    Web site:
    http://www.aseansec.org/14955.htm
  48. 2nd ASEAN-China Investment Consultation
    Cebu, Philippines, July 2-4
  49. Meeting on Strengthening Capacity and Quality Assurance of Diagnostic Laboratories to Support Infectious Disease Surveillance in the ASEAN+3 Countries
    Kuala Lumpur, July 7-9
  50. United Nations First Biennial Meeting of States on the Implementation of the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons
    New York, July 7-11
    Almost 100 countries from all the continents attended the meeting and made presentations. Statements were also made by regional and international organizations such as NATO, ASEAN and various UN organizations and by NGOs. Governmental and non-governmental participants reported on the progress made towards implementation of the Programme of Action agreed at the 2001 UN Small Arms Conference. They expressed regret at the slow pace of progress, particularly in North Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia, most likely owing to a lack of resources or political will or both. It was felt by civil society organizations that human security perspectives remain poorly understood and indeed resisted by most governments; but the UN meeting provided another opportunity to shift the terms of debate and prioritize solutions to end the human cost of arms availability. Contact: Ms. Pamela Maponga, Deputy Chief of the Conventional Arms Branch, Department for Disarmament Affairs, phone/fax: +1-212-963-1121, email: salw2003@un.org
    Web site: http://disarmament.un.org:8080/cab/salw-2003.html
  51. ASEAN-China Symposium on Economic and Social Impact of SARS
    Beijing, July 15-16
  52. 5th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers Meeting
    Bali, July 23-24
    Foreign Ministers from Asian member countries: Brunei, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and European member countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, U.K. plus the European Commission. The Foreign Ministers exchanged views primarily on issues of global security such as: anti-terrorism, Korean peninsula and calling on DPRK to cooperate with the IAEA and reverse its withdrawal from the NPT, post war Iraq and the need for UN involvement, new developments in Europe and Asia, and SARS and other transmittable diseases. One key outcome was an ASEM declaration calling on the government in Myanmar to immediately release Aung San Suu Kyi and resume its efforts toward national reconciliation and democracy. The ministers also emphasized the importance of enhancing their capacity to fight terrorism while still respecting human rights.
    Web site: http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/asem/min_other_meeting/chair5.pdf
  53. 4th Meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Committee on CEP (AJCCEP)
    Singapore, July 26-27
    Ministers from Japan and ASEAN pursued further areas for economic cooperation, including cooperation in competition policies.
  54. ASEAN SEOM Consultation with Dialogue Partners (India, CER, Plus 3, METI-Japan, MOFCOM-China, EU and USTR)
    Singapore, July 30 - August 1
  55. 34th Pacific Islands Forum Auckland, August 12-19
    The leaders from Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. New Caledonia and East Timor also attended as observers. Discussions focused mainly on current issues such as the Solomon Islands Intervention Force, North Korea's nuclear program, environmental obligations, social development and economic/trade integration. Hosted by the New Zealand Government.
    Web site:
    http://www.forumsec.org.fj/docs/Communique/2003%20Communique.pdf
  56. ASEAN SOM
    Surabaya, Indonesia, August 26-28
  57. Six-Party Talks on the North Korea Nuclear Crisis
    Beijing, August 27-29
    Delegates represented the foreign ministries of China, DPRK, Japan, Korea, and U.S. All agreed that the North Korean nuclear issue should be resolved peacefully through dialogue, that actions that may escalate the situation should not be taken, and that the six-party talks should be continued. All countries had bilateral meetings with North Korea. During these Japan expressed its wish to resolve the issue of abduction of its citizens as well as the nuclear issue.
    Web site: http://www.acronym.org.uk/docs/0308/doc10.htm
  58. 5th Meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Committee on Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCCEP)
    Phnom Penh, August 27-29
    Various ministers from ASEAN and Japan worked to further develop the framework for economic cooperation.
  59. ASEAN SEOM, SEOM-MOFCOM, China Consultations, SEOM-METI, Japan Consultations, SEOM+3 Consultations
    Phnom Penh, August 30-31
  60. 2nd ASEM Seminar on Enhancing Support and Cooperation for Strengthening Social Policies to Assist Trafficked Women and Children Bangkok, September 1-3
    Attended by 150 participants from China, EU, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand and several other Asian countries. Many discussions with regards to trafficking took place, the most controversial being the topic of decriminalization of trafficking victims, with respect to immigration laws. Sponsored by the governments of Philippines, Sweden, and Thailand.
    Web site:
    http://www.cfo.gov.ph/filtiesjulysept.pdf
  61. The 35th ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting (AEM); 6th AEM+3 Consultation; AEM-MOFCOM China; AEM-METI Japan; 2nd AEM-India; AEM-Closer Economic Relations (CER) with Australia and New Zealand; AEM-USTR, AEM-EU Consultations
    Phnom Penh, September 2-5
    The ASEAN Economic Ministers and other delegates discussed the state of the ASEAN economy and reflected on important events from the previous year and the impact they had, such as the war in Iraq and the onset of SARS. They discussed moves that needed to be made to create the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the creation of a dispute resolution system. In the AEM+3 meeting that followed, the economic ministers from the ASEAN nations plus China, Japan and Korea discussed recent economic developments in the region and expressed satisfaction at the progress in economic cooperation and regional integration initiatives. They also considered the role of other cooperative groups such as WTO, APEC and ASEM and some specific areas for cooperation such as energy and intellectual property rights.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/15065.htm (AEM) http://www.aseansec.org/15077.htm (AEM+3)
  62. 23rd ASEANAPOL (ASEAN Chiefs of Police)
    Manila, September 8-12
    Participated by delegates from nine ASEAN countries (all except Indonesia), as well as from Australia, New Zealand, European and International Police. Objectives of the conference were to further enhance police professionalism, forge stronger regional cooperation in police work focussing on coordination in combating illicit drug trafficking, international terrorism and commercial crimes like bank, credit card and document fraud. The police chiefs expressed a commitment to share any acquired information or intelligence on terrorism and other criminal activities which may disrupt forthcoming events such as the APEC and ASEAN summits and Southeast Asian Games, to be held in Vietnam in December. Hosted by Philippines National Police
    Web site: http://www.whatson-expat.com.ph/articles/2003/sep14/headlines.htm
  63. ASEAN SOM
    Lombok, Indonesia, September 10-12
  64. ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Meeting
    Lombok, Indonesia, September 13-14
  65. ASEM Seminar on Anti-terrorism
    Beijing, September 22-23
    Attended by representatives of ASEM member countries. The discussions focussed on assessment of the anti-terrorism situation in Asia and Europe as well as in the rest of the world, exchange of experiences and practices of anti-terrorism, and consideration of concrete measures to strengthen ASEM cooperation. Participants maintained that terrorism in the international scene remained a source of serious concern and a profound threat to stability, peace and security in Asia, Europe and beyond. Co-sponsored by the governments of China, Denmark, Germany, Japan and Spain.
    Web site: http://www.iias.nl/asem/asem2003/ChairsSummary_ASEMseminarAnti-terrorism.pdf
  66. Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Beijing, September 23
    Attended by the Prime Ministers and their delegations of the 6 member countries - China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The Prime Ministers discussed regional economic cooperation and SCO organization building. They also discussed the progress made in concrete cooperation in economic and trade areas. They proposed to reduce the barriers to free movement of goods within the region, to cooperate on large projects related to technology and infrastructure, and to gradually achieve a free trade zone. They signed 6 documents at the close of the meeting which cover multi-lateral economic and trade cooperation among SCO members, SCO budget for the year 2004, rules and regulations on salary guarantee and allowances for staff members of the SCO permanent body, local anti-terrorism institution and personnel arrangement, technical initiation of the SCO permanent body, and a joint communique. Hosted by the Chinese Government.
    Web site:
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2003-09/23/content_1095248.htm
  67. 11th ASEAN Task Force on AIDS (ATFOA)
    Bali, September 29 - October 1
  68. ASEAN SOM+3 and SOM+1 with China, Japan, ROK and India and Joint Ministerial Meeting (AMM, AEM)
    Bali, October 4-5
  69. 9th ASEAN Summit, 7th ASEAN+3 Summit, 2nd ASEAN-India Summit, ASEAN+ China, ASEAN+ Japan, ASEAN+Korea
    Bali, October 7-8
    Over two days, leaders of the ASEAN member countries, plus leaders of China, India, Japan, and Korea met and discussed issues of common concern to all members, including political and economic developments, in particular the latest situation on the Korean Peninsula, recent developments on terrorism and the issue of Iraq and the Middle East.
    9th Summit: ASEAN Leaders pledged to achieve an ASEAN Community by the year 2020 which would rest on the three pillars of ASEAN Security Community (ASC), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and ASEAN Socio-cultural Community (ASCC) embodied in the Declaration of ASEAN Concord II (Bali Concord II).
    ASEAN + 3 Summit: Leaders pledged to strengthen their bonds and partnership with China, Japan and Korea and to bring these in line with their strategy of reinforcing ASEAN's competitiveness through mutually-beneficial trade and investment cooperation. ASEAN+3 Leaders expressed concern at the recent terrorist attacks in Jakarta and at the UN Headquarters in Iraq and reiterated their determination to intensify joint efforts in combating terrorism in East Asia and globally. They exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula and reaffirmed their commitment to a peaceful solution through dialogue, welcoming the Six-Party Talks, and they endorsed the Implementation Strategy of the Short-Term Measures of the Final Report of the East Asia Study Group (EASG).
    Bilateral meetings: ASEAN Leaders and Dialogue Partners reiterated their commitment to ASEAN in a number of key areas: counter terrorism and other form of transnational crimes; economic integration of ASEAN, such as the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI), and sub-regional initiatives; establishment of Asian Bond as an alternative for regional financing; and efforts on containing and avoiding of SARS, HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. Leaders also discussed the Korean Peninsula, the future of East-Asian cooperation, poverty alleviation, human resources development and the development of infrastructures for ASEAN Integration. Of particular note, China acceded to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), India signed of the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation between the Association of South East Asian Nations and the Republic of India and acceded to the TAC and Japan signed the Framework for Comprehensive Economic Partnership between ASEAN and Japan.
    Contact: 9th ASEAN Summit Secretariat, fax: +62-21-381-3038, email: secretariat@9aseansummit.com or info@9aseansummit.com
    Web site: http://www.9aseansummit.com/
  70. "Building Regional HIV Resilience along Asian Highway Network"
    Bangkok, October 13-15
    36 participants from the Ministries of Public Works, Transport, Communication, Post and Construction, the Departments of Custom, Highways and Planning, the National AIDS Authorities as well as NGOs from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. As a result of improvements and linkages to the ASEAN Highway Network, a rapid increase in HIV/AIDS vulnerabilities related to mobility is evident. Participants agreed that building resilient and empowered communities by improving their choices in reducing HIV/AIDS vulnerability associated with development along the ASEAN Highway Network is critical. Participants firmly believe that the opportunity to prevent the spread of HIV by building community resilience is now and recommended the following: commit to allocate resources for HIV prevention in the transport sector, include HIV impact assessments as part of feasibility studies, incorporate HIV prevention programmes within large infrastructure construction projects; and form national mobility technical working groups to ensure monitoring the implementation of the above commitments. The workshop was jointly organized by UNDP South East Asia HIV and Development Programme (UNDP-SEAHIV), the ASEAN Secretariat, and World Vision International. Contact Dr. Lee Nah Hsu, UNDP South East Asia HIV and Development Programme, fax: +662-280-1852, email: seahiv.dev@undp.org
    Web site: http://archives.healthdev.net/sea-aids/msg00889.html
  71. 7th ARF Meeting of the Heads of Defence Colleges/Institutions
    New Delhi, October 15-22
    Attended by more than 40 participants, largely the heads of defence colleges from 18 ASEAN Regional Forum member countries. The main theme of the conference was the role of the military in responding to disasters and providing humanitarian assistance. Other discussions looked at the participation of each country in UN peacekeeping activities and the importance of deciding on the composition of activities and engaging in activities that are appropriate to the conditions and special circumstances of each country. The countries further deepened relations and strengthened ties through undertaking training together.
    Web site: http://www.nids.go.jp/dissemination/nids_news/2003/pdf/200310.pdf (Japanese only)
  72. Tokyo Defense Forum - 8th Forum for Defense Authorities In the Asia-Pacific Region
    Tokyo, October 21-22
    Participants from 21 countries - Australia, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, U.S. and Vietnam as well as from the EU. Through a number of sessions, participants cited the key issues of the time as being preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, North Korea, and cooperating in fighting terrorism, drugs and maritime security. They also advocated greater transparency in defense policy as a confidence building measure and a way to prevent conflict arising through misunderstanding. Hosted by the Japan Defense Agency.
  73. Conference on Institutional Development in Finance in East Asia
    Bangkok, October 31 - November 1
    75 participants represented ministries of finance, central banks, academic and economic institutions, and regional and international organizations such as ASEAN, Asian Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, UN and World Bank. They were from Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, U.S. and Vietnam. There was consensus that the economies of East Asia lack adequate institutions, legal and supervisory systems and good governance. Greater economic integration calls for the establishment of these mechanisms as well as the need to assist the less developed economies. While there are institutions for dialogue on these issues, none is solely focussed on developing and integrating the East Asian economies and the participants agreed to the need for one, which also incorporates think tanks, academics, policy makers and the private sector. Organized jointly by the Fiscal Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance, Thailand and The Australian National University. Contact the Thai Investor Service Center (TISC). Contact fax: +66-2357-3518, email: tisc@thailandoutlook.com
    Web site: http://www.thailandoutlook.com/top_menu/special/the_conference.asp
  74. Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2003 - "Asia Searching for Win-Win: Development through Cooperation"
    Boao, Hainan Province, China, November 2-3
    Approximately 1200 delegates including current and former leaders from Asian countries, prominent figures from the business community, academics, and representatives of the World Bank and Asia Development Bank. Discussions were launched to promote greater cooperation in economic, trade and financial matters, looking particularly at the present economic situation in Asia and Asian Free Trade Arrangements. Organized by Boao Forum for Asia. Contact fax: +86-898-62778702, email: bfa@boaoforum.org
    Web site: www.chinaview.cn/boao/
  75. 1st ASEAN-Japan High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societies -
    Tokyo, November 4-7
    38 health and social welfare ministry officials from the 10 ASEAN countries, plus Japan, Mongolia and Sri Lanka as well as officials from the ASEAN Secretariat and WHO. The main theme for discussions was human resources development for social welfare and health services in ASEAN countries and neighbor economies. Organized by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan International Corporation of Welfare Services (JICWELS) and sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
    Web site: http://www.jicwels.or.jp/1st%20ASEAN%2BJAPAN/1st_asean_japan_eng.htm#1aseanjapanenglish
  76. Asian Senior-level Talks on Non-Proliferation (ASTOP) Tokyo, November 13
    Attended by representatives from Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, U.S. and Vietnam. The first dialogue of its kind, discussions were focussed on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical and biological weapons), their delivery means, their related materials and technology, and the importance of regional cooperation in these efforts. There was consensus that de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula would lead to peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region, that export controls should be tightened and that sharing of information of experiences and best practices between the region's countries should be increased.
    Web site:
    http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/un/disarmament/arms/astop/summary0311.html
  77. ARF Inter-Sessional Support Group on Confidence Building Measures
    Beijing, November 20-22
    Representatives from Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, EU, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, U.S. and Vietnam attended the Meeting, most of the delegations including defence officials. All agreed that terrorism and making the Korean peninsula weapons-free remained the greatest causes for concern but that the trend in the region was definitely towards peace, cooperation and development. Participants had in-depth discussions on strengthening cooperation in addressing non-traditional security issues. They were of the view that non-traditional security issues, including terrorism, drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, money laundering and cyber crimes, continued to pose threats to the peace and security of the region and it should remain as one of the priorities on the ARF agenda. They therefore emphasized the importance of capability building, information sharing and intelligence exchanges.
    Web site: http://www.dfat.gov.au/arf/intersessional/report_interses_03_04.html
  78. ASEAN-Japan Anti-Terrorism Summit
    Tokyo, December 3-4
    Attended by government officials from ASEAN nations and Japan. They met to discuss joint measures against terrorism in the region, as well as to discuss to discuss threats from international terrorism networks.
    Web site: http://www.inq7.net/brk/2003/dec/03/brkafp_4-1.htm
  79. ASEAN-Japan Investment-Business Alliance Seminar, "Strengthening the Economic Relationship between ASEAN and Japan"
    Tokyo, December 10-11
    20 participants including the leaders and trade ministers from Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam as well as Japanese businessman. Agenda included speeches by country leaders and dialogue on the ASEAN and Japanese business strategies and investment environments. The countries called for more cooperation and Laos requested Japanese assistance in developing the Mekong River Basin. Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi called for efforts to eradicate poverty in East Asia as well as cooperation amongst the coast guards to respond to the increasing threats to maritime transport. Sponsored by Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), ASEAN-Japan Centre, Nippon Keidanren, The Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry and supported by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Keizai Doyukai and the ASEAN Secretariat.
  80. Japan-ASEAN Commemorative Summit in Japan
    Tokyo, December 11-12
    The leaders of all ASEAN countries plus Japan met for a summit to commemorate 30 years of bilateral relations. They signed the Tokyo Declaration, which outlines the further promotion of comprehensive economic partnership, the creation of an East Asian community and an Action Plan that incorporates approximately 120 concrete measures for ASEAN-Japan cooperation, including cooperation to crack down on human trafficking and terrorism, the battle against drugs and piracy, and to enhance the regional financial system through the creation of Asian bond markets. Japan also signed the Declaration on Accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in Southeast Asia. The leaders discussed the importance of the ASEAN-Japan relationship and agreed to "act together, advance together". Japan reaffirmed its intention to give priority to ASEAN in formulating its policies. They also discussed the Iraq situation and the dispatch of Japanese Self Defense Forces (SDF) for humanitarian assistance as well as the commencement of Free Trade Agreements with several nations and development of the Mekong region. Individual bilateral meetings between the leaders and foreign ministers of each country followed the summit. Organized by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/asean/year2003/summit/
  81. The Inaugural Plenary Meeting of the East Asia Forum - "Peace, Prosperity and Progress in East Asia: Challenges and New Visions"
    Seoul, December
    68 participants included former leaders from the region, ministry officials, business leaders and distinguished scholars from ASEAN countries and China, Japan and Korea. They discussed finding common visions and identity to facilitate regional integration, building prosperity including bridging the digital divide, poverty alleviation and competing economic hubs, and implementing the EASG recommendations. Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. Co-organized by the Korea International Trade Association, Korea International Cooperation Agency and the Center for International Studies, The Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Yonsei University. Contact phone: +82-2-2123-3578, email: innamsik@yonsei.ac.kr
    Web site: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/eaf2003/eaf2003.asp