The ASEAN-Canada Plan of Action - Overview

The adoption of the Plan of Action in 2010 was a significant step forward for Canada-ASEAN relations. We are committed to its implementation as a means of strengthening our overall relationship. Areas of cooperation under the Plan of Action:

Political and Security Cooperation

  • Human Rights, Good Governance, Democracy and Rule of Law
  • Counter-terrorism and transnational crime
  • Interfaith Dialogue

Economic Cooperation

  • Trade and investment
  • Multilateral and regional institutions
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Socio-Cultural Cooperation

  • Environment
  • Science and Technology
  • Disaster Management and Emergency Response
  • Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers
  • Multiculturalism
  • Health and Pandemic Preparedness and Response
  • Natural Resources
  • Education, Culture and People-to-People Contacts

Examples of cooperation activities under the Plan of Action:

- Canada established a CAD$3 million grant arrangement with UNIFEM to provide technical assistance to the ASEAN Commission on Women and Children (ACWC) and to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) to help develop effective regional mechanisms that promote and protect the rights of women and children in Southeast Asia.

- Canada supported the newly established Human Rights Resource Centre, a university based network intended to complement ASEAN human rights bodies.

- Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is working with researchers from Southeast Asia to help build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies. IDRC’s work is aligned with several important components of the Plan of Action, including building research capacity on regional cooperation and integration, the environment and climate change, science and technology including information and communications technology, health and pandemic preparedness, and labor migration.

- Canada has partnered with the ASEAN Foundation to advance common interests, including Corporate Social Responsibility in the ASEAN Region.

- Canada is a strong supporter of civil society participation in ASEAN’s community building process. Canada helped fund the participation of civil society organizations in the 7th ASEAN Peoples Forum in May, 2011.

- The ASEAN-Canada Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime provides a springboard for closer cooperation on issues of strategic interest to both sides. Canada and ASEAN share the belief that successfully combating terrorism and organized crime requires the protection of human rights and human security, good governance, democracy and the rule of law.

Consult the complete version of the ASEAN-Canada Plan of Action.