The ASEAN Security Community (ASC) Plan of Action, adopted at the 10th ASEAN Summit, stipulates that ASEAN shall work towards the convening of an annual ADMM. Against this background, the Inaugural meeting of the ADMM was held in Kuala Lumpur on 9 May 2006.
The ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) is the highest defence consultative and cooperative mechanism in ASEAN.
The objectives of the ADMM are as follows: To promote regional peace and stability through dialogue and cooperation in defence and security; To give guidance to existing senior defence and military officials dialogue and cooperation in the field of defence and security within ASEAN and between ASEAN and dialogue partners; To promote mutual trust and confidence through greater understanding of defence and security challenges as well as enhancement of transparency and openness; and To contribute to the establishment of an ASEAN Security Community (ASC) as stipulated in the Bali Concord II and to promote the implementation of the Vientiane Action Programme (VAP) on ASC.
ASEAN 2020 THEME
“Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN”
“Cohesive” represents the idea of upholding the unity, solidarity and internal strength of ASEAN, increasing economic connectivity, deepening the ASEAN values and identities, and enhancing the efficiency of the bloc’s apparatus and promoting the ASEAN’s partnerships in the global community.
“Responsive” reflects the needs of ASEAN to increase its proactiveness, creativeness and responsiveness to opportunities and challenges from global and regional situation.