Today, a significant event transpired in Jakarta, Indonesia as H.E. Sujiro Seam, the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to ASEAN, the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community H.E. Ekkaphab Phanthavong and the Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to ASEAN, H.E. Hjayceelyn Mancenido Quintana, officially initiated the EU-ASEAN Green Diplomacy Weeks 2023.
This grand event drew a crowd of over 300 individuals including officials from ASEAN, the EU and its Member States, young people, and individuals with special needs. They celebrated the occasion with a symbolic ride, run, and walk from Jalan Sudirman to Gelora Bung Karno, in the heart of Senayan Jakarta. This marked the commencement of the first regional activities of the EU-ASEAN Green Diplomacy Weeks 2023.
Starting 15th to 22nd October 2023, EU Delegations across ASEAN will host various activities in ASEAN Member States to animate the EU Green Diplomacy Weeks 2023. This vibrant series of events are planned to open doors for ASEAN youths to get actively involved in green transition activities. This includes interactive discussions on climate change, online competitions, and workshops on waste segregation and plastic recycling, upcycling, young climate heroes campaign, and biodiversity and wildlife education.
Speaking at the event, the EU Ambassador to ASEAN, H.E. Sujiro Seam, showcased EU’s commitment to push towards a greener future by supporting their partners in their individual green transitions, including ASEAN. He declared, “This event symbolizes our commitment to working in unison with ASEAN towards a greener future. It’s a chance to applaud the progress we’ve achieved and to prompt individuals, communities, and organizations to take firmer future action – to safeguard, preserve, and revitalize our environment, for the present and the future generations.”
Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Ekkaphab Phanthavong, expressed his confidence in the event, stating it will boost ASEAN-EU collaboration and especially embolden the public and youth to take more audacious climate action to ensure the sustainability and resilience of the ASEAN Community.
On similar lines, H.E. Hjayceelyn Mancenido Quintana, the Philippines’ Ambassador to ASEAN, who is also the Country Coordinator for ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations, reiterated that climate action and environmental sustainability remain central to ASEAN and the Philippines’ priorities. She emphasized everyone’s ability to make a significant impact on the environment through their individual actions.
First introduced in 2019 as Climate Diplomacy Weeks, these initiatives have grown into an annual hallmark event. The EU Delegations and embassies of the EU Member States around the world host events to promote dialogue and cooperation on climate change. Now renamed as “Green Diplomacy Weeks”, the event continues to aim to serve as a platform to showcase success stories and stimulate further actions.
As per the schedule, the Plastic Waste Recycling Workshop will take place in Thailand on October 16. To know more about similar sensational events, keep following the updates-