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The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) is one of the three pillars of ASEAN Community which envisions a community where people enjoy the benefits of being part of ASEAN.

“At the heart of the ASCC is the commitment to lift the quality of life of its peoples through cooperative activities that are people-oriented, people-centred, environmentally friendly, and geared towards the promotion of sustainable development to face new and emerging challenges in ASEAN. The ASCC is committed to opening a world of opportunities to collectively deliver and fully realize human development, resiliency and sustainable development through Member States’ cooperation on a wide range of area, including: culture and information, education, youth and sports, health, social welfare and development, women and gender, rights of the women and children, labor, civil service, rural development and poverty eradication, environment, transboundary haze-pollution, disaster management and humanitarian assistance”.

The above introduction encompasses the ideal of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025 striving for a community that engages and benefits the people, and is inclusive, sustainable, resilient and dynamic with a plan of action that was adopted by the ASEAN Leaders at the 27th ASEAN Summit on 22 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Elements of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Plan of Action aim to achieve in:

  • Building a community of caring societies to address issues of poverty, equity and human development;

  • Managing the social impact of economic integration by building a competitive human resource base and adequate systems of social protection;

  • Enhancing environmental sustainability and sound environmental governance; and

  • Strengthening the foundations of regional social cohesion towards an ASEAN Community.

    The above ASCC Plan of Action is also embedded in the ASEAN Vision 2020 & 2025 with ASEAN’s goal of a community of cohesive, equitable and harmonious societies, bound together in solidarity for deeper understanding and cooperation. However, until today, such vision has not been fully achieved