Celebrating 45 years of friendship and commitment through EU-ASEAN testimonial videos

Testimonial videos coloured the 45th-anniversary EU-ASEAN partnership from May to August 2022, featuring EU and ASEAN eminent and the youth, whose voices highlighted accomplishments and hope for the future

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To commemorate the 45th anniversary of EU-ASEAN friendship, the EU Delegation to ASEAN (EUD) produced a set of 14 testimonial videos—ten of eminent persons and four of youth representatives—highlighting the strategic partnership and shared goals of the two parties.

The first instalment of the video series was aired on 9 May (Europe Day), and weekly serials were published until 6 August (ASEAN Day). The full set of interviews are available for public view on select social media platforms.

Interviews were conducted by Ambassador Ma. Angelina Miciano Sta. Catalina, former Director of the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines (DFA), and former Filipino Ambassador to Finland. Among the many qualified speakers were ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi, College of Europe Rector and former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, and first dedicated EU Ambassador to ASEAN Francisco Fontan. Former Philippines Ambassador Rosario Manalo and Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh also shared their insights, expressing their confidence in the next generation’s ability to bring together people of all walks of life.

Each video interview was presented through the subject’s unique lens of today's world, years after the cold war. With a vigour, speakers shared their experiences highlighting their background, strategic partnerships they took part in, and their hopes and dreams for international cooperation in the future.

Aside from sharing a glimpse into their personal story, each speaker emphasised the significance of building relationships with shared values and principles that allows for a more harmonious world. Speakers also highlighted the weight of having a rules-based international order, effective and sustainable multilateralism, and free and fair trade as a result of the robust relationship between the EU and ASEAN.

People of all ages are called to continue supporting the EU-ASEAN friendship, founded on the principles of growth, security, and the desire to improve international relations. Marked by unwavering friendship and synergised cooperation, the testimonies also attest to one thing: no ocean or land can be difficult to cross for people who envision and act toward a better world.

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