On behalf of the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Excellency John Ash of Antigua and Barbuda on your election as President of this 68th Session of the UN General Assembly. May I assure our full support and cooperation to Your Excellency in the discharge of your noble duty. Likewise, I would like to sincerely commend Excellency Vuk Jeremic for the successful completion of his task as President of the 67th Session of the UNGA.
The Lao Government offers its condolences to the Government and people of Kenya on the loss of life as a result of terrorist attack last week in Nairobi, and I join the international community in condemning such an inhumane act.
The year 2013 marks a new turning point in promoting international cooperation for development and in addressing global poverty. At the World Summit on Sustainable Development or Rio+20 held in Rio De Janero, Brazil in 2012, the world leaders initiated an international consultative process to chart out vision and concrete action for enhancing sustainable development in the post-2015. This clearly testifies that poverty eradication and sustainable development remains our prevailing priority, because throughout the past decades, despite tremendous efforts made by the international community to achieve poverty eradication and development targets, 1,2 billion poor people or 22 percent of the world population still live in poverty. In addition, natural environment continues to be threatened and damaged that has led to climate imbalance, frequent occurrence of natural disasters, which have become unfamiliar phenomenon that had rarely been seen in the past years. Moreover, political and social unrests and armed conflicts occurred in different parts of the world continue to prolong and there has yet been any sign of immediate resolution. Likewise, the global and regional economic and financial crisis has intensified its gravity that has posed long-term impact on developing countries, especially the least developed ones.
Dear Friends and Compatriots,
On the occasion of the 46th Anniversary of the Founding of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the 16th Anniversary of the accession to ASEAN of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, on behalf of the Government of the Lao PDR, I would like to convey the best wishes to the Leaders of the Party and State, cadres, soldiers, police, entrepreneurs, merchants as well as all the Lao people both in the country and overseas.
ASEAN, founded on 8th August 1967, is aimed at maintaining and promoting peace, stability and cooperation for the prosperity of the Southeast Asian Nations. Throughout 46 years of its evolution, despite many challenges, ASEAN has spared no efforts in the pursuit of its objective by strengthening intra-ASEAN cooperation and enhancing ASEAN’s external relations in order to continue to build the ASEAN Community that consists of three pillars: the ASEAN Political-Security Community, the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.
Over the past year, remarkable achievements have been made in the implementation of ASEAN’s initiatives, measures, and cooperative activities in various areas such as in the political-security, economic, and socio-cultural fields.
In the political-security area, ASEAN has recorded important achievements among which the notable ones are the building of mutual trust and confidence and the maintenance and promotion of peace and stability in the region. This has created an environment conducive to the strengthening of intra-ASEAN economic and socio-cultural cooperation as well as ASEAN’s external relations.