ASEAN Continues to Strengthen Its Cooperation on Social Welfare and Development Singapore, 14 January 2010

ASEAN will soon see a new initiative being institutionalised to promote effective and responsive regional collaboration in social work education. This development came with the adoption of the Terms of Reference of the ASEAN Consortium on Social Work (ACSW).

ASEAN will also have a new Strategic Framework and Plan of Action for Social Welfare, Family and Children (2011-2015). It will incorporate relevant priorities under the current Strategic Framework and Plan of Action, the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint and the new priorities concerning children under the ASEAN-UNICEF cooperation framework.

The two developments comes in the wake of a series of meetings that took place in Singapore from 11 to 14 January 2010: the 6th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (6th SOMSWD), the 4th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum and the 5th ASEAN Plus Three Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (5th SOMSWD+3).

At the meetings, the TOR for the ASEAN Government and Non Government Organisations Forum, which aims to enhance closer cooperation between both parties through dialogue, was also adopted.

The officials at the meetings also discussed a number of projects for 2010, such as the 1st ASEAN Childrenโ€™s Forum to be held in the fourth quarter of this year in Manila.

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