The 16th ASEAN Lecture: The Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017
About the Lecture
As one of ASEAN’s founding fathers, it was an honor for the Philippines to serve as Chair of ASEAN in 2017, a milestone year when the Association marked its 50th anniversary. With its theme of “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World” the Philippines aimed at championing positive change in the lives of ordinary ASEAN citizens within and outside the region, and promoting cooperation with and among neighbors and ASEAN’s Dialogue Partners, through six thematic priorities that served as beacons throughout 2017. The Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN achieved a number of outcomes that gave flesh and substance to the country’s theme and thematic priorities and helped advance ASEAN community-building.
About the Speaker
His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo is Undersecretary for Policy at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines. In this capacity, he was the Philippines’ ASEAN SOM Leader when the country chaired ASEAN in 2017. Mr. Manalo is a distinguished career diplomat, having served in the Philippines’ missions in Geneva, New York, Brussels, and London. Prior to his appointment as Undersecretary, Mr. Manalo was the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva from 2003 to 2007, then Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium (2010 to 2011) and later the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2016. He was the Philippines’ Sherpa for the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit, and co-led negotiations with the EU for the Philippines-EU Partnership Cooperation Agreement. Mr. Manalo earned his BA and MA degrees in Economics from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.