ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF)

Forum régional de l'ASEAN

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History

Agreement to establish ARF among 17 Pacific Rim countries at 26th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting and Post Ministerial Conference, 23-25 July 1993, Singapore (Singapore), following previous policy decisions of 'Singapore Declaration', 28 Jan 1992, Singapore. Inaugural meeting, 25 July 1994, Bangkok (Thailand). Also referred to as Association of South-East Asian Nations Regional Forum and as Asia Regional Forum. Forum participants initially included ASEAN members, Southeast Asian states that were not yet ASEAN members, ASEAN's then 7 dialogue partners, Papua New Guinea (an ASEAN observer) and China and Russia, then still 'consultative partners' of ASEAN. India became a participant on becoming a dialogue partner in 1996. Mongolia and Korea DPR were admitted in 1999 and 2000.

Aims

Foster constructive dialogue and consultation on political and security issues of common interest and concern; make significant contributions to efforts towards confidence-building and preventive diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region; promote open dialogue on political and security operation in the region.

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Activities

An average of 15 ARF activities convened within one inter-sessional year. Meetings and ad-hoc activities are held on various areas of cooperation, including counter-terrorism, non-proliferation, demining, small-arms and light weapons, peacekeeping, disaster relief, maritime security, energy security, and other non-traditional security issues.

Structure

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Languages

English.

Staff

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Financing

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 non-governmental organizations.
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Publications

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Members

Members in 25 countries
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Type I Classification

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Type II Classification

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Subjects *

  • Government
    • Political
  • Security
    • Security

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

UIA Org ID

F3004

Last News Received

2015
* Subject classification is derived from the organization names and aims.
** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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