Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan attended three ASEAN meetings on the sidelines of the 74th United Nations (UN) General Assembly � the Informal ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (IAMM); ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting with the UN Secretary-General H.E. Antonio Guterres and the President of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly (AUMM), H.E. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande; and the 6th ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Ministerial Meeting.

At the AUMM, Minister Balakrishnan reaffirmed the strong ties between ASEAN and the UN, and the crucial role of multilateralism in addressing global challenges. The meeting also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest and concern, such as climate change, sustainable development, humanitarian assistance, conflict prevention, and disaster risk reduction. Minister Balakrishnan noted that Southeast Asia is prone to both natural and man-made disasters.

At the 6th ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Ministerial Meeting, Minister Balakrishnan underscored the importance for both organisations to strengthen regional integration amidst protectionism and the pushback against multilateralism. He also highlighted that cities in ASEAN and the Pacific Alliance could use the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) to strengthen cooperation.

At the IAMM, the Meeting reviewed regional cooperation and preparations for the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Singapore