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I. Track 1—Governmental Meetings

  1. Special ASEAN Leaders' Meeting on Aftermath of Earthquake and Tsunami
  2. ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting's (SOM's) Brainstorming Session, Senior Officials Meeting on ASEAN Charter and East Asia Summit, ASEAN Deputy Foreign Ministers Meeting
  3. Meeting of ASEAN Defence Chiefs
  4. 1st Meeting of the 36th ASEAN Senior Economic Officials (SEOM)
  5. Special Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME); 4th Special Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME)Plus Three Energy Policy Governing Group Meeting; Seventh Meeting of the Governing Council of the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)
  6. China-ASEAN Workshop on Earthquake-Generated Tsunami Warning
  7. Senior Officials Meeting and Ministerial Meeting on Regional Cooperation on Tsunami Early Warning Arrangements
  8. Counter Terrorism International Conference
  9. Second Asian Senior-Level Talks on Non-Proliferation (ASTOP)
  10. ASEAN-Canada Partnership Symposium
  11. ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on Outstanding Political and Security Issues, ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on the ASEAN Charter and the EAS
  12. ASEAN Plus Three Expert Meeting on Emerging Diseases
  13. ARF Intersessional Support Group Meeting on Confidence Building Measures (ISG on CBMs)
  14. Consultation between the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) of the People's Republic of China and the ASEAN Secretariat on the Development of the 2005-2006 Work Plan for ASEAN-China Cooperation on Transnational Crime
  15. ASEAN Regional Forum Confidence Building Measures (ARF CBMs): Regional Cooperation in Maritime Security
  16. The Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) Working Group on Zone of Peace Freedom and Neutrality (ZOPFAN); Working Group of the Executive Committee for the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ)
  17. The Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) Working Group on the ASEAN Charter
  18. ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting
  19. ASEAN Regional Forum Seminar on Enhancing Cooperation in the Field of Non-Traditional Security Issues
  20. ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)
  21. 2nd Seminar on Maritime Security and Combating Piracy
  22. 15th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting (AEMM)
  23. ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)
  24. 2nd Meeting of the 36th ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meeting
  25. 1st Meeting on the Formulation of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Areas (BIMP-EAGA) Roadmap
  26. ARF CBM Workshop on Peace Arrangements Ensuring Stability and Security in the Region, Including Civil-Military Cooperation
  27. Inaugural Meeting on Promoting Networking and Exchanges of Experts in the Conservation of the Arts, Artefacts, and Cultural Heritage of East Asia Countries
  28. 2nd ASEAN-Canada Dialogue
  29. The Fourth Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Foreign Ministers' Meeting and High Level Experts Seminar on Economic Cooperation
  30. ASEAN + 3 Bird Flu Summit
  31. ARF Inter-sessional Meeting on Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (ISM on CT-TC)
  32. ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) Working Group on ASEAN Charter and Special ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on ASEAN Summits
  33. Annual Retreat of ASEAN Foreign Ministers
  34. ASEAN-Japan Senior Officials Meeting on an FTA
  35. BIMP-EAGA Informal Senior Officials Meeting (ISOM)
  36. International Bird Flu Conference
  37. Asian-African Summit 2005 and the Commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of Asian-African Conference 1955
  38. 3rd Regional Project Coordinating Committee Meeting: Asia Regional Cooperation to Prevent People Trafficking Project
  39. ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting and The Sixth Consultation between the ASEAN Economic Ministers and the European Union Trade Commissioner (6TH AEM-EU Consultation)
  40. 11th ASEAN-China Senior Officials Consultation (SOC)
  41. ASEAN+3 Finance Ministers Meeting (AFMM+3)
  42. Informal ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers Meeting
  43. ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting 7 (FMM7)
  44. Third Meeting of the Three-Party Committee of the People's Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea
  45. 25th ASEAN Chiefs of National Police Conference (ASEANAPOL)
  46. ASEAN Special Senior Officials Meeting (ASEAN Special SOM) Working Group on Security Cooperation
  47. ARF Senior Officials Meeting (ARF SOM) and ASEAN + 3 Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)
  48. 2nd ARF Security Policy Conference
  49. 7th ASEAN-India Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)
  50. Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)
  51. ASEAN-China Workshop for Senior Police Officers
  52. 5th Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC), SOMTC+3 Consultation, SOMTC+Australia Consultation, SOMTC+China Consultation, SOMTC+India Consultation, SOMTC+Japan Consultation, SOMTC+ROK
  53. Brainstorming Meeting to Discuss ASEAN Work Program on HIV/AIDS II (AWPII) and Preparation of ASEAN Work Program on HIV/AIDS III (AWPIII)
  54. 5th Meeting of ASEAN Plus Three Directors-General
  55. ASEAN-Japan Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime
  56. High-Level Forum on Health MDGs in Asia and the Pacific
  57. "Developing a Coordinated Inter-Agency National Action Plan to Eradicate Trafficking in Persons" Workshop
  58. 18th ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue
  59. 10th Tokyo Defense Forum

  1. Special ASEAN Leaders' Meeting on Aftermath of Earthquake and Tsunami
    Jakarta, January 6, 2005
    ASEAN Leaders were joined by the heads of state/government of Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, as well as UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and special envoys of the U.S. and other donor countries and heads of international organizations. They met on the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami of 26 December 2004 and adopted a Declaration of Action to Strengthen Emergency Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction. They recognised the need for an unprecedented global response in assisting the national governments to cope. Thus, they insisted on better coordination to ensure that contributions are effective and sustainable, and truly address the suffering of the victims and to prevent such calamity from recurring. On the issue of prevention and mitigation of such calamities in future the leaders decided upon supporting ASEAN's decision to establish regional mechanisms on disaster prevention and mitigation, establishing a regional early warning system, promoting public education and awareness as well as community participation in disaster prevention and developing and promoting national and regional human and institutional capacity, transfer of know-how, technology, and scientific knowledge in building and managing a regional early warning system and disaster management through international cooperation and partnership.
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/asean/pmv0501/index.html
  2. ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting's (SOM's) Brainstorming Session, Senior Officials Meeting on ASEAN Charter and East Asia Summit, ASEAN Deputy Foreign Ministers Meeting
    Hanoi, January 12-14, 2005
    Deputy Foreign Ministers from 10 ASEAN members and the organisation's Secretariat discussed the compilation of the ASEAN Charter and preparations for the first East Asia Summit, scheduled for December in Malaysia. The participants stressed the necessity to ensure ASEAN's role in organising the event in particular and in the East Asian co-operation process in general. Regarding the ASEAN Charter, the participants exchanged viewpoints on its content, ASEAN's principles and goals in the new situation; fundamental principles, functions and operating mechanism of ASEAN agencies with the aim of enhancing solidarity, the effectiveness and the role of ASEAN during the process of building an ASEAN community from now until 2020.
    Web site: http://www.mofa.gov.vn/nr040807104143/nr040807105001/ns050117134226
  3. Meeting of ASEAN Defence Chiefs
    Kuala Lumpur, January 17-18, 2005
    An annual two-day meeting for the ASEAN defence chiefs. Discussions were focussed on the recent tsunami disaster and the defence chiefs agreed to collaborate more closely using a hotline to communicate with one another in times of major disasters.
  4. 1st Meeting of the 36th ASEAN Senior Economic Officials (SEOM)
    Yogyakarta, January 17-19, 2005
  5. Special Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME); 4th Special Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME)Plus Three Energy Policy Governing Group Meeting; Seventh Meeting of the Governing Council of the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)
    Manila, January 18-20, 2005
    Hosted by the Philippines Government and Department of Energy. Energy ministry officials from the 10 ASEAN countries met to discuss progress made on specific programs within ASEAN and with dialogue partners (such as Japan, Australia, European Union and Germany) and international organizations on various energy-related matters.
    Web site: http://www.aseanenergy.org/energy_organisations/some_gov/some-gov.html
  6. China-ASEAN Workshop on Earthquake-Generated Tsunami Warning
    Beijing, January 25-26, 2005
    The workshops was held according to China's promise at the January 6 Special ASEAN Leaders Meeting to help ASEAN create a strong earthquake and tsunami warning network. With the theme "Action Plan to Formulate a Technology Platform for Earthquake-Generated Tsunami Warning System", the workshop aimed to exchange experiences and lessons learned from the recent Indian Ocean tsunami disaster; exchange information on technology in the field of tsunami warning; and explore ways to carry out joint activities in the field of tsunami early warning through earthquake monitoring. The participants recognized the need to cooperate with various organizations within the region and internationally to establish an appropriate system. They recommended that in view of the need to enhance the earthquake monitoring capabilities and coverage in ASEAN and South Asia regions and for the purpose of rapid, accurate and effective data exchange and warning, an integrated Asian Regional Seismographic Network (ARSN) should be created. This effort will be supported by the Chinese government. Attended by officials, emergency response managers and scientists from ASEAN countries, Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and U.S.; and representatives from ASEAN Secretariat, OCHA/UN, UNESCO, ESCAP/UN, ISDR/UN, WMO/UN, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and Asia Seismology Commission (ASC).
  7. Senior Officials Meeting and Ministerial Meeting on Regional Cooperation on Tsunami Early Warning Arrangements
    Phuket, January 28-29, 2005
    Organized jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology of Thailand. At the gathering, participants recognized the progress made in discussions through the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (Kobe, January 18-22, 2005) and the China-ASEAN Workshop on Earthquake-Generated Tsunami Warning. They all agreed to the need for an early warning system for natural disasters to prevent a repeat of the massive loss which had been caused by the tsunami, as a matter of sustainable development. They also discussed information management, capacity-building, and the enhancement of the awareness of natural disasters through education. The setting up of a Voluntary Trust Fund for use in establishing the regional early warning system was also supported, so that there would be a constant stream of funds to support establishing the system and national and regional capacity. Participated in by ministers and special envoys of Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, UK, U.S., Vietnam, Luxembourg as EU Presidency and the European Commission, They were also joined by international organizations, such as the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Tsunami Relief, ESCAP, UNDP, UNEP, the World Meteorological Organization, and the International Tsunami Information Center.
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/disaster/indonesia/
  8. Counter Terrorism International Conference
    Riyadh, February 5-8, 2005
    Hosted by the Saudi Arabian Government and attended by delegates from 50 countries, as well as representatives of international organizations. They discussed the causes of terrorism as well as the relationship between terror and money laundering, arms and drug trafficking. A declaration was issued, and recommendations were made from four working groups that demonstrate the seriousness of the international community's commitment to combat terrorism. There were calls for strengthened cooperation and coordination among countries to fight terrorism, money laundering, weapons and explosives trafficking and drug smuggling.
    Web site: http://www.saudiembassy.net/Issues/WOTConference/Con1.asp
  9. Second Asian Senior-Level Talks on Non-Proliferation (ASTOP)
    Tokyo, February 9, 2005
    Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan as a follow up to the first meeting held in Tokyo on November 13, 2003, as part of a process initiated by Japan. This meeting was attended by officials in charge of non-proliferation policies from ASEAN countries, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, and U.S. The officials gathered at this meeting to deepen their understanding on issues related to the enhancement of the non-proliferation regime in Asia. They also met to exchange views on the direction of their cooperation, recognizing that the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and missiles, and related materials and technology have become an actual threat to peace and stability of the Asian region and the international community. The meeting's goals were to: review recent trends in the proliferation of WMDs and their means of delivery in East Asia; enhance understanding of new non-proliferation measures which have been introduced to further strengthen the existing non-proliferation regime, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Additional Protocol, the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC) and the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI); deepen understanding on difficulties and obstacles Asian countries may face in implementing treaties and norms related to disarmament and non-proliferation and possibilities for overcoming them.
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/un/disarmament/arms/astop/talk0502.html
  10. ASEAN-Canada Partnership Symposium
    Bandar Seri Begawan, February 15, 2005
    This symposium offered a chance for ASEAN countries to learn about Canada's development programs and possibilities for cooperative projects on ICT, animal health and other development issues, consistent with ASEAN's desire to decrease the development gap among its membership.
  11. ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on Outstanding Political and Security Issues, ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on the ASEAN Charter and the EAS
    Yangon, February 16-18, 2005
  12. ASEAN Plus Three Expert Meeting on Emerging Diseases
    Bangkok, February 17-18, 2005
    Hosted by The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), part of Thailand's National Science and Technology Development Agency. This Expert Group Meeting aimed to give researchers/head of research institutes in ASEAN that have responsibility for research and development in emerging diseases, a forum to exchange information and discuss potential collaborative activities. Attended by 30 representatives from Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, as well as experts from ASEAN Plus Three countries, Hong Kong, and from international organizations such as WHO.
    Web site: http://www.astnet.org/dsweb/View/Collection-155
  13. ARF Intersessional Support Group Meeting on Confidence Building Measures (ISG on CBMs)
    Potsdam, February 21-23, 2005
    Co-chaired by the European Union and Cambodia. There were extensive discussions on the tsunami aftermath and the creation of disaster prevention and mitigation mechanisms in the region, in particular an early warning system. They suggested that a previously held ISG on disaster relief be held again. Other topics were Myanmar and the convention for democracy, nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the Six Party Talks, and efforts to implement the Declaration on Conduct in the South China Sea. They discussed non-traditional security issues at length and the need for cooperation and information exchange to deal with them, and the urgent need to build capacity for countries to deal with diseases such as HIV/AIDS. In shaping the ARF for the future, delegates agreed that efforts should be invested into preventive diplomacy and that relations between Track 1 and 2 should be strengthened. Attended by representatives from the ARF member countries, DPRK, ASEAN Secretariat, and the South-East Asian Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT). The meeting was preceded by a Defence Officials' Dialogue February 21 and also included a field trip to the German Expertise Center for early warning and disaster reduction. Contact: German Federal Foreign Office, Division 311, Multilateral Cooperation in Asia, fax: +49 0 30 5000 1703.
    Web site: http://www.dfat.gov.au/arf/intersessional/
  14. Consultation between the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) of the People's Republic of China and the ASEAN Secretariat on the Development of the 2005-2006 Work Plan for ASEAN-China Cooperation on Transnational Crime
    Jakarta, February 28-March 1, 2005
  15. ASEAN Regional Forum Confidence Building Measures (ARF CBMs): Regional Cooperation in Maritime Security
    Singapore, March 2-4, 2005
    Hosted by Singapore and U.S. Attended by senior officers from the navy, coast guard, port authorities, shipping lines and law enforcement agencies from the ARF member nations-10 ASEAN countries and 14 dialogue partners. There were sessions on multilateral cooperation, operational solutions to maritime security, shipping and port security, and the applicable technology for maritime security. There was a call for the ARF to move from dialogue on security matters to more concrete exercises, including for fostering information sharing; establishing maritime domain awareness; initiating joint maritime security exercises; cooperating on consequence management; and sustaining capacity building initiatives. Some examples of progress cited in this area were the Five Power Defence Arrangements, an alliance involving Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Britain, which begun conducting martime security drills in 2004, and a grouping of 22 navies in the Western Pacific region which planned an exercise on maritime security in May. Contact: Naval Operations Department, Republic of Singapore Navy, fax: 65 6762 4426
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/afp/100.htm
  16. The Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) Working Group on Zone of Peace Freedom and Neutrality (ZOPFAN); Working Group of the Executive Committee for the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ)
    Jakarta, March 5, 2005
  17. The Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) Working Group on the ASEAN Charter
    Jakarta, March 6, 2005
  18. ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting
    Jakarta, March 6-8, 2005
  19. ASEAN Regional Forum Seminar on Enhancing Cooperation in the Field of Non-Traditional Security Issues
    Hainan Province, China, March 7-8, 2005
    Participants shared their best practices and experiences in coping with non-traditional security threats, such as terrorism, illicit drugs, piracy, people smuggling and human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, and cyber crime. They also discussed regional development. Agreement was reached to develop plans of action to implement the relevant ARF statements on non-traditional security issues. Contact Asian Department, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, fax: 86 10 6596 2964
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/AR05/PR-Peace.pdf
  20. ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)
    Jakarta, March 9, 2005
    In preparation for the ministerial meeting, senior officials discussed the fight against terrorism, tsunami reconstruction, trade and crime, including money-laundering and human trafficking. The EU is particularly concerned with strengthening ASEAN in the fight against terrorism and other transnational crimes. The EU also highlighted its concern over the lack of democracy in Myanmar.
  21. 2nd Seminar on Maritime Security and Combating Piracy
    Tokyo, March 9-10, 2005
    Participants met to exchange information on efforts of the ASEAN countries to implement the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code). Participants agreed to establish a list of focal points in case of piracy and maritime policy authorities, and a list on the security level of vessel and port facilities.
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/terrorism/report0506.html
  22. 15th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting (AEMM)
    Jakarta, March 10-11, 2005
    Co-chaired by Indonesia as the ASEAN country coordinator and Luxembourg acting as Presidency of the EU, the Meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN and the EU, the European Commissioner for External Relations and the Secretary General of ASEAN. Participants reaffirmed the importance of the ASEAN-EU dialogue and relationship as a fundamental cornerstone for the strategic partnership between Asia and Europe; they restated their commitment to combating terrorism and fighting transnational crime; and the EU promised to continue to help reduce development gaps within ASEAN to strengthen regional integration. They also discussed the Middle East, Iraq and the Korean peninsula, Myanmar, climate change and multilateral trade. The Ministers agreed to meet again for the 16th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in Europe in 2007.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/17354.htm
  23. ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)
    Jakarta, March 12-14, 2005
  24. 2nd Meeting of the 36th ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meeting
    Manila, March 15-19, 2005
  25. 1st Meeting on the Formulation of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Areas (BIMP-EAGA) Roadmap
    Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, March 21-22, 2005
    The first of a series of meetings to be held on creating a roadmap in an effort to strengthen sub-regional cooperation through enhancing trade and investment facilitation measures as well as promote private sector participation. The roadmap will identify EAGA-wide and sector specific targets based on the four areas of BIMP-EAGA cooperation namely, transportation, infrastructure and ICT, natural resources, tourism as well as small and medium enterprises.
  26. ARF CBM Workshop on Peace Arrangements Ensuring Stability and Security in the Region, Including Civil-Military Cooperation
    Tokyo, March 22-23, 2005
    Hosted by Japan. Participants concluded that traditional peacekeeping operations of monitoring cease-fires and disengagements had become complex peacekeeping missions that would involve not only military peace keepers and police officers, but also civilian administrators, aid workers, legal experts, and other specialists. Taking into account the different conflicts or humanitarian situations, the seminar recommended that the ARF develop a "tool box "of capabilities from which the most appropriate approach could be selected on matters like command issue, composition of mission, coverage of mandate, and exit strategy. The workshop noted the commonalities between peacekeeping operations and disaster relief assistance and agreed that the ARF should build training partnerships in peace support operations and civil-military cooperation for both situations to ensure an efficient use of the limited resources of ARF participants.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/AR05/PR-Peace.pdf
  27. Inaugural Meeting on Promoting Networking and Exchanges of Experts in the Conservation of the Arts, Artefacts, and Cultural Heritage of East Asia Countries
    Bangkok, March 29-30, 2005
    This meeting was organized in response to one of the short-term measures recommended by the East Asian Study Group (EASG) for advancing integration in the region.
  28. 2nd ASEAN-Canada Dialogue
    Vancouver, April 4, 2005
    Co-chaired by Canada and Brunei with delegations from ASEAN countries and Canada, and the ASEAN Secretariat. They noted the significance of their dialogue in 2004, which opened discussions between them for the first time in seven years. They discussed bilateral relations and trade issues and exchanged views on important global and regional issues, including United Nations reform, the Middle East Peace Process and the situation in East Asia, including the Korean Peninsula. They were particularly committed to cooperating in fighting terrorism and agreed that a collaborative international approach through mechanisms such as ASEAN and APEC was essential, and Canada agreed to help with capacity building in this area. They also discussed non-traditional security issues such as HIV/AIDS, avian influenza, and human and drug trafficking.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/17397.htm
  29. The Fourth Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Foreign Ministers' Meeting and High Level Experts Seminar on Economic Cooperation
    Islamabad, April 4-6, 2005
    Participants discussed regional and international issues and adopted the Islamabad Declaration, which includes the basic principle of cooperation practiced at the ACD. Delegations gave updates on the issues they are prime movers on such as poverty reduction, e-education, tourism, financial cooperation, and small and medium enterprises. They also endorsed the Islamabad Initiative on Economic Cooperation in Asia to intensify cooperation in areas such as human resource development, ICT, energy cooperation, trade liberalization, and transportation and financial links. Finally, they welcomed Russia and Saudi Arabia as new members of ACD. Attended by foreign ministers and other ministry officials from 26 countries (Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UAE, Vietnam, as well as representatives from regional development banks. The next ministerial meeting will be held in Qatar in 2006.
    Web site: http://www.acddialogue.com/web/51.php
  30. ASEAN + 3 Bird Flu Summit
    Bangkok, April 5-7, 2005
    Attended by ASEAN + 3 countries as well as representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat and WHO.
  31. ARF Inter-sessional Meeting on Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (ISM on CT-TC)
    Bangkok, April 6-8, 2005
    Co-hosted by Canada and Thailand. Participants focussed on information sharing and intelligence exchange, document integrity and security, and law enforcement cooperation. To promote intelligence exchange, they agreed on the need to balance the timely, effective, and systematic sharing of information and exchange of intelligence with the appropriate protection for the sources of information, privacy, and human rights. In recognizing the role of document integrity and security in combating terrorism and transnational crime, the ISM agreed on the importance of international standards such as International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and participation in the INTERPOL database of lost and stolen travel documents. An ARF Statement on Information Sharing and Intelligence Exchange and Document Integrity and Security in Enhancing Cooperation to Combat Terrorism and other Transnational Crimes was endorsed at the ARF SOM in Vientiane and will be forwarded to the 12th ARF for consideration and approval. Next meeting to be held in China in 2006.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/AR05/PR-Peace.pdf
  32. ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) Working Group on ASEAN Charter and Special ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on ASEAN Summits
    Cebu, Philippines, April 9-10, 2005
  33. Annual Retreat of ASEAN Foreign Ministers
    Mactan Island, Philippines, April 10-11, 2005
    Gathering of the foreign ministers from the 10 ASEAN nations for two days of informal meetings. While there is no set agenda, they discussed the December East Asian Summit and which nations to include, possible expansion of ASEAN, the ASEAN Charter and creation of an ASEAN Development Fund. The major consideration for the ministers was the case of whether Myanmar would take up the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN in 2006 as planned, against a backdrop of mounting calls from the politicians of several countries to prevent Myanmar from taking the helm. The controversy is over the country's human rights record, which has brought threats from some countries, such as the U.S., of boycotting ASEAN events should the country be allowed to chair the Association. At the conclusion of the meeting, it was announced that the other ministers decided it most appropriate for Myanmar to decide for itself whether it would assume the chairmanship. They also discussed an ASEAN fund, which could be used in times of disaster, like the tsunami, and an ASEAN disaster mitigation team.
  34. ASEAN-Japan Senior Officials Meeting on an FTA
    April 13-15, 2005
    Senior officials from the 10 ASEAN member countries plus Japan met to discuss the possibilities for a bilateral free trade agreement and said they hope to conclude an FTA in two years time with the agreement in place by 2012. Japan is eager to speed development in ASEAN's less developed countries and would like to conclude separate bilateral agreements with each ASEAN country and then bundle them together with the same standards to support regional economic integration and as one step toward the East Asian community.
  35. BIMP-EAGA Informal Senior Officials Meeting (ISOM)
    Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, April 14-15, 2005
  36. International Bird Flu Conference
    Bangkok, April 19-20, 2005
    Held so that participating countries could clarify the avian flu situation and express their concerns over the spread of the virus.
  37. Asian-African Summit 2005 and the Commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of Asian-African Conference 1955
    Bandung and Jakarta, April 20-23, 2005
    Co-hosted by the governments of Indonesia and South Africa on the theme of "Reinvigorating the Bandung Spirit: Working towards a New Asian-African Strategic Partnership". Attended by the heads of state or government from more than 100 nations in Africa and Asia. They supported the commitment of Asian-African countries in working toward the realization of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP) by implementing concrete actions. They felt that regional/sub-regional organizations have a leading role to play in increasing synergy and cooperation in support of the NAASP. There were a number of side events on renewable energy, women and youth, and the private sector.
    Web site: http://www.asianafricansummit2005.org/default.htm
  38. 3rd Regional Project Coordinating Committee Meeting: Asia Regional Cooperation to Prevent People Trafficking Project
    Siem Reap, April 26, 2005
    Asia Regional Cooperation to Prevent People Trafficking (ARCPPT) is a three year Project funded by the Australian Government. Its goal is to contribute to the prevention of people trafficking in Southeast Asia, and currently operates in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. The main focus of Project activities is on strengthening the criminal justice process to deal effectively with the crime of trafficking by building up national structures and capacities as well as to improve coordination and cooperation across borders and regionally. ARCPPT works closely with the ASEAN Secretariat to strengthen capacity and prevent trafficking in the region, a major transnational crime issue.
    Web site: http://www.arcppt.org/eng/index.html
  39. ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting and The Sixth Consultation between the ASEAN Economic Ministers and the European Union Trade Commissioner (6TH AEM-EU Consultation)
    Ha Long, Vietnam, April 26-27, 2005
    ASEAN Economic ministers first met to discuss progress in regional integration and the existing free trade agreements and talks underway. They took special note of the ASEAN-China agreement starting on July 1, 2005 which is set to reduce tariffs to between zero and five percent on many goods between China and the six wealthiest ASEAN nations by 2010 and the other four nations by 2015. Following this, co-chaired by Indonesia and the EU, economic ministers from ASEAN countries and the EU met. ASEAN talked about progress made in working towards the realization of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) - ASEAN Single Market and Production Base, developments in the implementation of the 11 priority integration sectors, as well as the status of ASEAN's FTA (free trade areas) and CEP (comprehensive economic partnership) negotiations with some Dialogue Partners like China, Japan, India, Korea, and Australia and New Zealand. Both sides reiterated their eagerness to pursue Trans-Regional EU-ASEAN Trade Initiative (TREATI) as a vehicle to develop a partnership for regional integration, establishing greater understanding between the two regions and acting as a framework to establish the direction and priorities for technical assistance and capacity-building. These are considered important components not only in integrating ASEAN member countries but also in fostering ASEAN-EU economic cooperation, which would pave the way towards a closer partnership. Consistent with this, the Ministers agreed on the need to intensify this partnership by starting to prepare together for a possible joint feasibility study to look into, among others, a potential ASEAN-EU FTA.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/17440.htm
  40. 11th ASEAN-China Senior Officials Consultation (SOC)
    Shanghai, April 29-30, 2005
  41. ASEAN+3 Finance Ministers Meeting (AFMM+3)
    Istanbul, May 4, 2005
    Meeting on the sidelines of the Asian Development Bank annual meeting, chaired by Laos, the finance ministers from the 10 ASEAN countries and China, Japan and Korea, gathered to discuss the progress of regional financial cooperation, including the Chiang Mai Initiative, the Asian Bond Markets Initiative, and the ASEAN+3 Research Group. With regards to the CMI, they agreed upon specific measures for making it a self-supporting mechanism to improve efficiency and regional economic and financial integration. They made progress on agreements for bilateral currency swaps in the event of a financial crisis. It was noted that these steps could eventually lead to an Asian Monetary Fund. They also called for a review of the IMF member countries and greater Asian representation in it. They agreed to meet again in Hyderabad, India in 2006.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/17448.htm
  42. Informal ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers Meeting
    Kyoto, May 6, 2005
    The foreign ministers from the 10 ASEAN nations plus China, Japan and Korea exchanged ideas on ASEAN Plus Three cooperation and the East Asia Summit.
  43. ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting 7 (FMM7)
    Kyoto, May 6-7, 2005
    Foreign ministers from ASEM member countries held discussions on issues in which they have a common interest, including strengthening of multilateralism, sustainable development and dialogue among cultures and civilisations, under the theme "Deepening of Asia-Europe Dialogue on Global Challenges". They expressed their determination to strengthen the cooperation between Asia and Europe through ASEM in tackling global challenges, specifically, the Korean Peninsula, WMD, Middle East, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and their respective regionalism through the EU and initiatives such as the East Asia Summit. They also discussed improvement of the efficiency of ASEM institutional mechanisms, and future membership/enlargement. In this connection, the Ministers welcomed and endorsed the initiative by Finland and Japan to commission a critical review of the 10 years of ASEM as an input to ASEM6. ASEM member countries are: Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom and Vietnam. Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/economy/asem/asem7/speech0505.html
  44. Third Meeting of the Three-Party Committee of the People's Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea
    Kyoto, May 7, 2005
    Attended by the foreign ministers of China, Japan and Korea. They evaluated progress made since the Trilateral Summit held in 2004 and they stated that concrete measures should be taken to forward the Action Strategy on Trilateral Cooperation between their three countries. They were pleased with closer economic cooperation and called for further study into a trilateral Free Trade Area which is already being researched by institutes from the three nations. They stressed the need for legal frameworks governing investment and encouraged cooperation on the protection of Intellectual Property Rights. They called for further energy and cultural cooperation, discussed the Korean peninsula and the need to resume Six Party Talks in order to solve the nuclear issue peacefully, and discussed the ASEAN+3 grouping in the lead up to the East Asian Summit. Finally, they discussed the importance of UN reform in order to strengthen the representativeness, transparency and effectiveness of the UN. They agreed to hold another meeting during 2005 in preparation for the 7th Trilateral Summit to be held in Malaysia in December 2005.
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/asean/conference/asean3/joint0505.html
  45. 25th ASEAN Chiefs of National Police Conference (ASEANAPOL)
    Bali, May 17-18, 2005
    The Chiefs of Police from the 10 ASEAN nations called for enhancing the existing mechanisms of cooperation and coordination and building capacity among ASEAN Member Countries in preventing and suppressing all aspects of terrorist activities and other transnational crimes, and enhancing the exchange of information and intelligence. They also signed the MOU and Consortium Agreement for the e-ASEANAPOL (e-ADS) database system. Australia, China, Japan Korea, and New Zealand all participated as observers.
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/terrorism/report0506.html
  46. ASEAN Special Senior Officials Meeting (ASEAN Special SOM) Working Group on Security Cooperation
    Vientiane, May 17-18, 2005
    The meeting of the supported the idea of convening an ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM).
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/AR05/PR-Peace.pdf
  47. ARF Senior Officials Meeting (ARF SOM) and ASEAN + 3 Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)
    Vientiane, May 19, 2005
    ARF SOM officials agreed on the need to move towards preventive diplomacy while continuing with confidence- building activities and will recommend to the 12th ARF to rename the ISG on CBMs to the ISG on Confidence Building Measures and Preventive Diplomacy (ISG on CBMs and PD). In reviewing the international efforts to mitigate the impact of the tsunami disaster, they agreed to reactivate the Inter-Sessional Meeting on Disaster Relief (ISM-DR) which China and Indonesia will co-chair.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/AR05/PR-Peace.pdf
  48. 2nd ARF Security Policy Conference
    Vientiane, May 19, 2005
    The first conference held in 2004 pushed for bilateral and multilateral cooperation in various areas, including intelligence and information sharing, capacity building, training programmes, consequence management, and the sharing of experiences on the legal aspects of the role of the armed forces in dealing with non-traditional security threats. There was consensus that non-traditional security threats represented a common ground on which to continue dialogue and build concrete cooperation among the national defence forces of the ARF thus the conference was continued. At this the second ASPC, they agreed that fighting terrorism required collective and multilateral responses from all countries concerned and that regional arrangements such as the ARF could play an important role in addressing this threat. There was also consensus that non- traditional security issues were transnational and trans-regional in nature, thus it is important to address them through an integrated use of political, economic, diplomatic, legal, scientific and technological means. Participants also exchanged views on the role of the armed forces in disaster relief and the management of non-traditional security issues. The ASPC agreed to promote joint capacity building in consequence management, and to discuss the organization for command and control as well as the contribution of facilities/forces in disaster relief.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/AR05/PR-Peace.pdf, http://www.aseanregionalforum.org/Default.aspx?tabid=67
  49. 7th ASEAN-India Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)
    New Delhi, May 26-27, 2005
  50. Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)
    Astana, Kazakhstan, June 4, 2005
    SCO, formed in 1996, groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The foreign ministers from these countries pledged to strengthen their security alliance and develop closer cooperation against terrorism, especially given the recent violence in Uzbekistan. The documents, also including terms for joint terror operations and assistance in emergencies, will be signed by the nations leaders at a summit in July. The participants also agreed to give observer status in the group to India, Iran and Pakistan.
  51. ASEAN-China Workshop for Senior Police Officers
    Beijing, June 12-23, 2005
    Hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security and attended by police officers from ASEAN nations and China in an effort to strengthen cooperation in fighting transnational crime. The workshop is a concrete action to implement the memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of non-traditional security issues signed by China and ASEAN in January. Both sides also issued a five-year work plan in line with the memorandum for cooperation in anti-drug, anti-terror and other criminal cases. The attendees are senior police officers responsible for anti-drug, counter terrorism and criminal detection in their countries.
  52. 5th Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC), SOMTC+3 Consultation, SOMTC+Australia Consultation, SOMTC+China Consultation, SOMTC+India Consultation, SOMTC+Japan Consultation, SOMTC+ROK
    Siem Reap, June 13-17, 2005
    At the SOMTC, there was agreement to request the ASEAN SOM and ASEAN Senior Law Officials Meeting (ASLOM) to initiate a joint working group to draft the ASEAN Convention on Counter-terrorism, as called for by the Vientiane Action Programme (VAP) adopted by the 10th ASEAN Summit. As part of the VAP Work Programme to Implement the ASEAN Plan of Action to Combat Transnational Crime, facilitating coordination and exchange of information among relevant ASEAN bodies and focal points, there have been several workshops/seminars and many training programs. Participants agreed to revise the Work Programme and focus ASEAN 's efforts at combating transnational crime on four prioritised areas, namely, terrorism, illicit drug trafficking, trafficking in persons and money laundering. There was also acknowledgement of the need for an institutionalized coordination mechanism between SOMTC and other ASEAN bodies involved in combating transnational crime. With Dialogue Partners, ASEAN and China have a Joint Declaration on Cooperation in the Field of Non-Traditional Security Issues and a corresponding MOU. Under the MOU, ASEAN and China are formulating the 2005-2006 Work Plan on Cooperation in the Field of Non- Traditional Security Issues. SOMTC agreed to extend the AusAID-funded project, Asia Regional Cooperation to Prevent People Trafficking (ARCPPT), currently operating in Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia to strengthen criminal justice responses to trafficking. Web site: www.aseansec.org/AR05/PR-Peace.pdf
  53. Brainstorming Meeting to Discuss ASEAN Work Program on HIV/AIDS II (AWPII) and Preparation of ASEAN Work Program on HIV/AIDS III (AWPIII)
    Jakarta, June 14-15, 2005
    The ASEAN Work Program on HIV/AIDS II, covering the 2002-2005 period, stressed multisectoral cooperation in fighting HIV/AIDS and addressed surveillance and prevention, access to drugs, reagents and condoms, and mobile populations and worked to support national HIV/AIDS programs. UNAIDS is providing technical assistance to the ASEAN Task Force on AIDS (ATFOA) to conduct a review of the AWPII that would also include inputs from stakeholder groups (civil society, national and international NGOs, business sector, and people living with HIV/AIDS) to ensure a "bottom-up" multi-sectoral process. UNAIDS will also assist ATFOA on preparing a framework for a third ASEAN Work Programme on HIV/AIDS (AWPIII).
  54. 5th Meeting of ASEAN Plus Three Directors-General
    Japan, June14-15, 2005
  55. ASEAN-Japan Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime
    Tokyo, June 15, 2006
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/terrorism/report0506.html
  56. High-Level Forum on Health MDGs in Asia and the Pacific
    Tokyo, June 21-22, 2005
    Hosted by the Government of Japan, in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), with the participation of minister-level officials in charge of health, finance or development from 24 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, six major donor countries, and international organizations. The aim of the Forum was to enhance international cooperation by sharing good practices and lessons learned to achieve health MDGs in the Asia-Pacific region. Japan presented successful cases of its ODA projects, emphasized the importance of the "human security" perspectives and promoted the significance of regional cooperation to achieve health MDGs. The outcomes were submitted to the G8 Gleneagles Summit in July and the High-level Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the Millennium Declaration in September.
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/health_c/forum0506/index.html
  57. "Developing a Coordinated Inter-Agency National Action Plan to Eradicate Trafficking in Persons" Workshop
    Tokyo, June 27-28, 2005
    Workshop hosted by the Government of Japan, co-chaired by Australia and Japan, and supported by the U.S. Government. The conference was one activity in the Bali Process, which brings participants together to work on practical measures to help combat people smuggling, trafficking in persons and related transnational crimes in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The process is funded by the governments of Australia, Indonesia and Japan. This workshop was attended by 128 delegates representing 46 governments and nine international, regional or other non-government organizations. Participants discussed why countries needed a strategic National Action Plan involving all relevant government ministries and community groups to successfully combat trafficking in persons and to provide appropriate care for victims of trafficking. They looked at the key elements that made up successful National Action Plans using examples of best practice guidelines from around the world. They reviewed the current situation around the world, examined the legal frameworks and the roles of various actors in eradicating trafficking. They shared country examples and then discussed regional activities for fighting human trafficking. Web site: http://www.baliprocess.net/
  58. 18th ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue
    Washington DC, June 28, 2005
    Attended by delegates from the ten ASEAN member countries, the U.S. and the ASEAN Secretariat. The two sides recounted the history of their relationship and expressed a desire to cooperate on a whole range of issues including trade, terrorism, maritime security, preventing WMD proliferation and infectious diseases. They agreed that the ARF should be the main instrument for security and political cooperation in the region and ASEAN suggested that the U.S. might accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC). They also discussed UN reform, the Korean Peninsula, Middle East, and the need for close partnership on transnational issues such as human trafficking and arms smuggling. Other major topics included USAID cooperation for the ASEAN Work Programme on HIV/AIDS, environment, disaster management, and WTO negotiations. They agreed to further ASEAN-U.S. relations, especially in light of 30 years of relations in 2007, suggesting a summit, and to encourage greater socio-cultural and people-to-people contacts between the sides. The next ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue will be held in Thailand in 2006.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/17530.htm
  59. 10th Tokyo Defense Forum
    Tokyo, June 28-29, 2005
    Organized annually by the Japanese Defense Agency (JDA), this forum aims at contributing to regional stability by inviting from the Asia Pacific countries officials of Director General class who are responsible for defense policy, to discuss common security issues and improve mutual understanding and transparency. Participants were from 22 countries (Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam), EU, UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and ASEAN Secretariat. The agenda was set with the recent tsunami disaster in mind and contained sessions on "Roles of Armed Forces in Disaster Relief" and "Future Challenges and the Potential for Enhanced Regional Cooperation concerning Disaster Relief Operations by Armed Forces". Participants from both tsunami affected countries and countries that dispatched their armies to aid in the relief effort shared their experiences as they attempted to construct lessons learned to aid in the event of future disasters and find measures to enhance the effectiveness of such efforts.
    Web site: http://www.jda.go.jp/e/publications/wp2004/pab/joint/20050629a.htm