Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to ASEAN, Sujiro Seam; the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, Ekkaphab Phanthavong; and the Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to ASEAN, Hjayceelyn Mancenido Quintana, officially launched the start of the EU-ASEAN Green Diplomacy Weeks 2023 today in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Over 300 people, representing officials from ASEAN, the EU, and its Member States, youths, and people with special needs, marked the occasion with a symbolic ride, run, and walk along the route of Jalan Sudirman to Gelora Bung Karno, Senayan Jakarta.
The event marked the start of the first region-wide activities for the EU-ASEAN Green Diplomacy Weeks 2023. EU Delegations across ASEAN are hosting a series of events in the ASEAN Member States to enliven the EU Green Diplomacy Weeks 2023, starting from 15 to 22 October.
The series of events is designed to provide a platform for ASEAN youths to actively engage in green transition activities such as interactive discussions on climate change issues, online competitions, workshops on waste segregation and plastic recycling, upcycling, the Young Climate Heroes campaign, biodiversity, and wildlife education.
“The European Union is committed to supporting our partners in their respective green transitions, including ASEAN,” said Seam.
“This event shows our commitment to continue working together with ASEAN towards a greener future. It is an opportunity to celebrate the progress we have made and to encourage individuals, communities, and organizations to take stronger action in the future—to protect, preserve, and restore our environment, for now and for future generations”, he added.
“I am confident that this event will enhance ASEAN-EU collaboration and particularly encourage the public and youth to step up and take bolder climate action for the betterment of ASEAN and the Sustainable Planet”, said Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, Ekkaphab.
“I would like to invite everyone to take this opportunity to reflect, engage, and motivate others to join in climate action to ensure a sustainable and resilient ASEAN Community,” he added.
Quintana said, “We welcome this concrete initiative from the European Union, as it implements our leaders’ decision to strengthen shared endeavors regarding climate change by promoting enhanced collaboration for a green and inclusive transition.
“We commend efforts to reduce emissions and accelerate energy transitions and remain committed to continuing to enhance collaboration among ASEAN Member States as well as with the EU,” she added.
First introduced to the public in 2019 as Climate Diplomacy Weeks, this initiative has become a landmark annual event where the EU Delegations and embassies of the EU Member States around the world host events to foster dialogue and cooperation on climate change. Re-named “Green Diplomacy Weeks” as of this year, the event still aims to serve as a platform showcasing success stories and inspiring further actions.
A full rundown of events across the region can be accessed here: https://euinasean.eu/gdw2023/
Photos from the EU GET UP and MOVE event can be accessed here: https://euinasean.eu/gum2023/