Asean and EU: The untold story

Their relationship, as glimpsed through 10 little-known facts, offers much scope for more ambitious levels of engagement

PM Lee Hsieng Loong (right) and other delegates at the EU-Asean Leaders' Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on Oct 19, 2018.
PM Lee Hsieng Loong (right) and other delegates at the EU-Asean Leaders' Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on Oct 19, 2018.PHOTO: ST FILE

The United Nations marks its 75th anniversary this year with a mixed record of achievements and failures. One of the less known success stories is the link between the UN and regional organisations.

Article 52 of the UN Charter refers, with approval, to regional arrangements, which support the purposes and principles of the UN. Asean and the European Union are two regional organisations which readily come to mind - both support the objectives of the UN by maintaining peace in their respective regions, by preventing armed conflict, by empowering their citizens, and by raising the standards of living of their peoples.

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