August 20, 2016

ASEAN-U.S. Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration

AT the end of the 15-16 February Special ASEAN-US Leaders Summit in Sunnylands, California, Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America released the Joint Statement of the summit: The Sunnylands Declaration, reaffirming the key principles that will guide cooperation between ASEAN and the US going forward.
Following the salient points of the Joint Statement of the ASEAN-US Special leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration.
1. Mutual respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, equality and political independence of all nations by firmly upholding the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, the ASEAN Charter and international law;
3. Mutual recognition of the importance of pursuing policies that lead to dynamic, open, and competitive economies that foster economic growth, job creation, innovation, entrepreneurship and connectivity, and that support SMEs and narrow the development gap;
4. Our commitment to ensure opportunities for all of our peoples, through strengthening democracy, enhancing good governance and adherence to the rule of law, promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, encouraging the promotion of tolerance and moderation, and protecting the environment;
7. Shared commitment to peaceful resolution of disputes, including full respect for legal and diplomatic processes, without resorting to the threat or use of force in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS);
10. Strong resolve to lead on global issues such as terrorism and violent extremism, trafficking in persons, drug trafficking, and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, as well as illicit trafficking of wildlife and timber;
12. Shared commitment to promote security and stability in cyberspace consistent with norms of responsible state behavior;
14. Shared commitment to strengthen people-to-people connectivity through programs that engage ASEAN and American citizens, particularly young people, and that promote opportunities for all our peoples, particularly the most vulnerable, to fulfil the vision of the ASEAN Community.
The full text of the statement is available at and


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