MPDD Seminar Series on "Synergy between UN and ASEAN Roadmap: Implications for the Post-2015 Development Agenda"

22 Jun 2015
Bangkok, Thailand

2015 marks an important year for both the United Nations (UN) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Whilst the UN-facilitated Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is set to be concluded by September 2015, ASEAN will formally launch its most ambitious project to date - the ASEAN Community - by November of the same year. Both the UN and ASEAN are now embarking upon setting their respective post-2015 development agenda and vision. In light of the long-established partnership between the UN and ASEAN, it is critical that both institutions find common ground to establish complementarities in their post-2015 development priorities. Proposed as the new goals guiding future international development, the so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN focuses on inclusive social and economic dimensions, environmental sustainability, and peace and human security. Meanwhile, dubbed as the ‘ASEAN Community Vision 2025’, ASEAN envisions itself to be a rule-based, integrated, and people-centred community that strives for the attainment of fundamental freedoms, human rights, social justice, and sustainable and inclusive growth. Focusing on socio-economic aspects of UN-ASEAN cooperation, this seminar will explore out-of-the-box approaches to enhance potential synergies between the two institutions towards achieving inclusive economic development in ASEAN.

Dr. Alexander C. Chandra is the Executive Director of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC), the official private sector body of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He is also currently an Associate Fellow at a Jakarta-based think-tank, The Habibie Center. Having obtained a Ph.D. degree in Southeast Asian Studies, with specialisation in the political-economy of ASEAN integration, from the University of Hull, UK, in 2004, he dedicates his career for the promotion and advancement of ASEAN integration.

Prior to joining ASEAN-BAC, Dr. Chandra worked in various non-governmental organisations (e.g. Oxfam International) and policy research institutes (e.g. International Institute for Sustainable Development), as well as various projects related to ASEAN (e.g. ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights) and its Dialogue Partners (e.g. the European Union). Some of his publications have focused on wide range of issues, such as Southeast and East Asian regionalism, international trade, and democratic governance, particularly in relation to civil society’s engagement with ASEAN.