With the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda set to kick off in January 2016, United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon has called upon the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to be more supportive of the agenda if the human right violation and climate change issues in Asia are to be eradicated.
Speaking at the seventh ASEAN-UN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the UN chief commended the heads of state in attendance for signing the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 earlier in the day, but insisted that focus should never be withdrawn from the global agenda even as smaller regional goals set in. “The Vision 2025 should be carried out in tandem with the SDGs. Action should be complementary to transform the lives of millions of people living in poverty. The United Nations expects each and every Member State to implement the SDGs through all possible domestic measures legislative, administrative or economic development plans,” said Ban.