Late states­man Surin hon­oured for ASEAN con­tri­bu­tion

The Myanmar Times - - Asean -

For­mer ASEAN sec­re­tary-gen­eral Surin Pit­suwan has been awarded a post­hu­mous prize in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tion and lead­er­ship in pro­mot­ing ASEAN in­te­gra­tion and rais­ing the group’s pro­file in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Fuadi Pit­suwan ac­cepted the award on be­half of his fa­ther on Thurs­day at the 4th Asia Cos­mopoli­tan Awards (ACA) in Ja­pan. He thanked the Nara Pre­fec­ture and Eco­nomic Re­search In­sti­tute for ASEAN and East Asia, which es­tab­lished the awards.

He ex­pressed his grat­i­tude at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s recog­ni­tion of his fa­ther’s achieve­ments and pledged to con­tinue Surin’s work pro­mot­ing democ­racy, hu­man rights and con­flict res­o­lu­tion.

“My fa­ther knew his work would never fin­ish. But he saw his com­mit­ment to­wards in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion, to­wards a less con­tentious in­ter­na­tional sys­tem, to­wards a lib­eral world order as a nec­es­sary call­ing to pro­tect and pro­mote hu­man dig­nity,” he said at the cer­e­mony in Nara, Ja­pan.

Surin, who died in Novem­ber 2017, served as ASEAN sec­re­tary-gen­eral from 2008-12. Dur­ing his term, he helped im­ple­ment the ASEAN char­ter af­ter it came into ef­fect and strength­ened ties be­tween ASEAN’s sec­re­tar­iat and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions in the re­gion. –

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