RECAP: Declarations and statements at the 30th ASEAN Summit

MANILA, Philippines – At the 30th ASEAN Summit held in Manila, leaders of 10 member states signed various declarations and documents. They also released joint statements on issues they shared a common stand on.

Below is a list of the documents signed over the course of the summit, as well as statement made by the group:

ASEAN statement criticizing North Korea’s nuclear weapon tests and ballistic missile launches

In a statement on Friday, April 28, ASEAN foreign ministers criticized North Korea for its two atomic weapons tests last year and subsequent launch of ballistic missiles. 

"ASEAN expresses its grave concern over the escalation of tension in the Korean Peninsula," the foreign ministers said. "ASEAN is mindful that instability in the Korean Peninsula will have serious impact to the region and beyond."

The ministers "strongly" urged North Korea "to fully comply" with UN Security Council resolutions and international laws. ASEAN will also urge "all parties concerned" to "exercise self-restraint in order to de-escalate the tension.”

ASEAN Declaration on the Role of the Civil Service as a Catalyst for Achieving the ASEAN Community Vision 2015

On Saturday, April 29, the 10 member countries signed a declaration that hopes to increase accountability and transparency in civil service to help ASEAN achieve its goals. It was the first declaration signed by the bloc at the 30th summit, and the first under the chairmanship of the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte. 

The MOU supports the first thematic priority of a People Oriented, People Centered ASEAN under the Philippine Chairmanship of ASEAN 2017. The agreement recognizes the critical role of the civil service in providing vital services to the peoples of ASEAN like health services, disaster management, and more. It is also expected to increase good governance in the region.

Under the agreement, ASEAN civil service institutions through the ASEAN Cooperation on Civil Service Matters (ACCSM) will work together in developing and implementing capacity-building programs. The ASEAN Heads of Civil Service will meet again in November to exchange views and draw up a concrete action plans to implement the declaration. with reports from Natashya Gutierrez and Agence France-Presse /