Norwegian State Secretary Morten Høglund was present during the official opening of Norway’s ASEAN-Norway Joint Sectoral Cooperation Committee (AN-JSCC) in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday 11 December. – This opens new possibilities for both ASEAN and Norway, says the deputy foreign minister.

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Human Rights Resource Centre (HRRC) hosted a conference 30 May on the launching of the report “Violence, Exploitation and Migration Affecting Women and Children in ASEAN” supported by the Norwegian Embassy.

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The 16th summit in the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was held in early April in Hanoi in Vietnam. The permanent secretariat of ASEAN is located in Jakarta, as well as the Council of Permanent Representatives of the member states.

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At the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Senior Officials' Meeting in Copenhagen on 1 March it was decided that Norway would be admitted to the forum. “I am very pleased with the decision taken in Copenhagen. This opens up a new and meaningful forum for dialogue for Norway,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

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ASEAN is an association of 10 countries in Southeast Asia that aims to accelerate economic growth, social and cultural development and to protect the peace and stability in the region. The association has its headquarters in Jakarta and the head of the secreatriat is Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. As of 2009 Thailand acts as Chairman of ASEAN in a rotating Chairmanship.

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