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Call for Nominations: ASEAN Prize 2021

1 February 2021

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Jakarta, 1 February 2021: Today, ASEAN launched its call for nominations for ASEAN Prize 2021.

Now in its fourth year, the prestigious regional award acknowledges outstanding ASEAN citizens or ASEAN-based organisations who have made exceptional contributions and shown exemplary work in strengthening the ASEAN community building, promoting regional integration, fostering inclusivity, and raising ASEAN awareness.

The Community Affairs Director of ASEAN Secretariat Lee Yoong Yoong, who oversees the ASEAN Prize administration, said: 'After a challenging 2020, ASEAN Prize 2021 is an opportunity to celebrate the indomitable spirit of ASEAN citizens in helping to improve our lives as a community. We hope to identify and recognise another ASEAN champion to inspire the region as we journey together towards post-pandemic recovery.'

According to the rules, the nomination should be submitted by at least one reference. Submissions must include the summary or highlights of the nominee’s achievements and relevant supporting documents since the launch of the ASEAN Community on 31 December 2015.

The Judging Committee, chaired by the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, and his predecessors, will review the nominations and select the ASEAN Prize 2021 Recipient, who will receive the ASEAN Prize trophy to be presented at the 54th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, and a US$20,000 cash prize. The ASEAN Prize is supported by Temasek Foundation, Singapore, and Yayasan Hasanah of Malaysia.

Since its establishment, ASEAN Prize has been awarded to three recipients. In 2018, Erlinda Koe from the Philippines was the Prize’s inaugural recipient in recognition of her efforts to build an inclusive ASEAN Community by raising awareness on autism. The following year, Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, an ardent humanitarian leader from Malaysia, received the Prize for her contributions in championing humanitarian responses across the region and the world. Last year, the ASEAN Studies Centre from the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute of Singapore was awarded the Prize for their long-standing work in promoting regional integration in ASEAN.

Award Nomination and Eligibility for ASEAN Prize 2021

  • Nomination starts on 1 February
  • The nominee must be an ASEAN citizen or an ASEAN-based
  • The nominee must produce valid/verifiable documents, and highlight his/her achievements and impact on ASEAN since the launch of the ASEAN Community in 31 December
  • The nominee should also share future plans in continuing the work after winning the
  • All nominations must be submitted to the respective ASEAN National Focal Points by 23 April 2021 (Friday) at 5 pm (Jakarta time).

Please submit nominations to your respective National Focal Point. The ASEAN Prize 2021 nomination form can be downloaded at https://asean.org/asean-prize/.

ASEAN Member States

National Focal Points for the ASEAN Prize


Brunei Darussalam

ASEAN-Brunei Darussalam National Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darussalam.

Email: [email protected]



General Department of ASEAN,

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Email: [email protected]



Directorate of ASEAN Social and Cultural Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Email: [email protected]



ASEAN Political-Security Community Division, Lao National ASEAN Secretariat

Email: [email protected]



ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Division, ASEAN-Malaysia National Secretariat

Email: [email protected]



Socio-cultural Division, ASEAN-Myanmar National Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

Email: [email protected]



The Philippines

ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Division ASEAN-Philippines National Secretariat

2330 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Philippines Tel.: 8344431, 8344470; Fax: 8321667

Email:[email protected]


ASEAN-Singapore National Secretariat Email: [email protected]



Department of ASEAN Affairs,

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ASEAN-Thailand National Secretariat) Email: [email protected]

Viet Nam

ASEAN-Viet Nam National Secretariat

Email: [email protected][email protected]

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