ASEAN youth has been playing a crucial role in contribution to socio-cultural development and regional peace and development.

H.E. Dr. Dy Khamboly, Chair of SOCA (Senior Officials Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community), made the remarks at the 32nd Meeting of the Senior Officials Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (32nd SOCA Meeting) hosted on Mar. 29 by Cambodia via videoconference, with the participation of SOCA Leaders of the ten ASEAN Member States and Chairs of the Sectoral Bodies under the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).

“I would like to take this opportunity to call upon SOCA Leaders to kindly support the ‘ASEAN Leaders’ Statement on the Year of ASEAN Youth 2022.’ During this milestone year, ASEAN will focus on fostering 21st century skills and digital skills, and the institutionalisation of youth engagement mechanisms, guided by the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2021-2025,” he said in his opening remarks.

In addition, he continued, safe school reopening, recovery and resilience both during and in our post-COVID-19 will be crucial. Under the initiative of SOMED (ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education) Cambodia in collaboration with ASEAN Secretariat and UNICEF EAPRO, an outcome document entitled “Reopen, Recover and Resilience in Education: Guidelines for ASEAN Countries” will be launched at tomorrow’s 27th ASCC Council Meeting. It will provide evidence-based strategies that are not only relevant in response to the current COVID-19, but also to future pandemics and other emerging challenges to education.

H.E. Dr. Dy Khamboly took theopportunity to reiterate Cambodia’s commitment o cooperating with all ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat to successfully implement all past and present initiatives and to achieve the priorities and the objectives of ASCC Blueprint 2025.

The 32nd SOCA Meeting focused on three important agendas including Matters arising from the 31st SOCA and 26th ASCC Council and Relevant ASEAN Meetings, Cambodia’s 2022 ASEAN Chairmanship and Outcome Documents for Consideration of ASEAN Leaders at the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits, and Preparation for 27th ASCC Council Meeting.

This is the second day of the 32nd SOCA Meeting of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council. Tomorrow will be the 27th Meeting of the ASCC Council (27th ASCC Council Meeting), during which the participants will consider and adopt the draft Report of the ASCC Council to the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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