TACKLING GLOBAL CHALLENGES THROUGH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
As one of ASEAN’s new development partners, the health sector has been cited as one of the priorities of ASEAN-France cooperation. France has been working with ASEAN countries to develop a solid cooperation on health issues both through multilateral channels (ACT-A, Global Fund, Gavi, UNITAID) and bilateral channels (medical training; the 5% Initiative to combat AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Institut Pasteur and IRD’s works on emerging infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance, like the ECOMORE projects). Within the new framework, these programmes will be complemented by initiatives on a regional scale.
France’s active participation in multi-donor initiatives such as the ASEAN Catalytic Green Facility (ACGF) and the Southeast Asia Energy transition partnership also exemplifies its commitment to support ASEAN in its effort to protect its unique biodiversity and in promoting sustainable development in the region. The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is currently developing bilateral and multi-country projects with regional stakeholders in sectors such as sustainable cities, blue economy, and sustainable agriculture.