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Duterte pushing global resiliency

Issues on women, peace and security, and climate change may also be discussed during the summit hosted by Cambodia.

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President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to share with his counterparts in Asia and Europe his views on resiliency and other global issues during a virtual summit this week.

The Office of the President has confirmed Duterte’s attendance at the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM) on Thursday and Friday, which serves as an avenue for Asian and European nations to discuss multilateralism, growth, and sustainable development.

“Duterte is scheduled to speak on rebuilding a resilient future, as well as on international and regional issues, at the second plenary and retreat sessions of the summit on 26 November,” according to Malacañang.

ASEM — an informal dialogue process of 53 partners from Europe, Asia, the European Union and the Asean Secretariat — is aimed to strengthen cooperation between Asia and Europe through mutual respect and equal partnership.

Chaired by the Kingdom of Cambodia, this year’s Asia-Europe summit will have three outcome documents, including a statement by the chair, a statement on ASEM connectivity, and a statement on post-Covid-19 socio-economic recovery.

During the two-day meeting via videoconference, the ASEM leaders will also discuss the summit’s role in ensuring global peace and stability, strengthening rule-based trading systems, and promoting inclusive and sustainable growth and connectivity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Issues on women, peace and security, and climate change may also be discussed during the summit, just like in other high-profile global gatherings this year, including the G20 summit in Rome, COP26 climate meeting in Scotland, and APEC meet in New Zealand.

Cambodia’s foreign ministry said the country’s hosting of the summit reflects its commitment to advance multilateralism and its active engagement with the international community to tackle current and emerging global challenges.

The biennial meet was originally scheduled last year in Phnom Penh, but was pushed back due to the persisting Covid-19 threat.

The Philippines is one of the founding members of ASEM, which was established in 1996.

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