Cagayan De Oro to host ASEAN meeting in July

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY– A run-up meeting of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is scheduled in this port capital of Northern Mindanao in July this year.

In a post in the ASEAN website, the ASEAN council said that the meeting would be a run-up leading to the 50th anniversary of ASEAN celebrations to be held in November in Clark.

The special meeting of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council would be part of the country’s responsibility in hosting the ASEAN for the whole year of 2017.

The ASEAN council is focused on nurturing the human, cultural and natural resources for sustained development in a harmonious and people-oriented ASEAN.

The council said that the ASEAN meeting would promote a culture of tolerance, understanding and mutual respect for religions and interfaith dialogue.

Various arts, film festivals, and heritage programs would also form part of the meeting as an introduction to the various cultures of the ASEAN member-states, the council said.

Along the way, special attention would be focused on the 20 UNESCO-listed world cultural heritage sites, all found in Southeast Asia.

The council would also document more cultural sites for possible UNESCO enlistment in the future, especially sites of historical importance that remind the people’s achievements through the ages.