ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community

The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) is one of the three pillars of ASEAN Community. At the heart of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) is the commitment to lift the quality of life of its peoples through cooperative activities that are people-oriented, peoplecentred, 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 realise human development, resiliency and sustainable development through Member States’ cooperation on a wide range of areas such as

  • Culture and Information
  • Education, Youth and Sports
  • Social Welfare and Development
  • Women and Gender
  • Rural Development and Poverty Eradication
  • Environment
  • Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Health

Against this backdrop of intensified regional cooperation, the region has witnessed extreme poverty dramatically declining in a number of ASEAN Member States. The region also experienced an expanding middle class, improving health and education, a growing workforce serving regional and global labour needs, a rapidly rising urban population that generates new services, city infrastructure development, and evolving lifestyles.

ASCC Blueprint 2025

Given the complex challenges in the region, the ASCC envisions an ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community where people enjoy the benefits of being part of ASEAN. The ASCC Blueprint 2025 will thus strive for a community that engages and benefits the people, and is inclusive,sustainable, resilient and dynamic.

To do this, the ASCC will work towards:

  • A committed, participative and socially-responsible community for the benefit of ASEAN peoples;
  • An inclusive community that promotes high quality of life, equitable access to opportunities for all
    and promotes and protects human rights;
  • A sustainable community that promotes social development and environmental protection;
  • A resilient community with enhanced capacity and capability to adapt and respond to social and
    economic vulnerabilities, disasters, climate change, and other new challenges; and
  • A dynamic and harmonious community that is aware and proud of its identity, culture and heritage.

Milestones in 2017

Culture and Information

  • ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Cultural Exchange Year 2017
  • Policy Dialogue with the ASEAN Media and Information Sector
  • ASEAN-UNESCO Forum on Safeguarding Underwater Heritage

Education, Youth and Sports

  • Report on the First ASEAN Youth Development Index (YDI)
  • ASEAN Statement on Youth Development Index
  • First ASEAN University Student Council Union Conference (ASEAN 50th Anniversary Commemorative Activity)
  • First ASEAN Student Mobility Forum (ASEAN 50th Anniversary Commemorative Activity)
  • Signing of the ASEAN University Network (AUN) Charter
  • Formulation of the Proposed ASEAN Fitness Indicators
  • First ASEAN Sports Day
  • Regional Plan of Action to Implement the ASEAN Declaration on Strengthening Education for Outof- School Children
    and Youth (OOSCY)
  • Second and third batches of intra-ASEAN and one batch of ASEAN-Europe scholarships under the ASEAN-EU Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (SHARE) Programme
  • Second Phase of Regional Cooperation Programme to Improve the Training of TVET Personnel (RECOTVET)
  • Draft Regional Quality Assurance Model for TVET and TVET Personnel in ASEAN
  • Establishment of ASEAN Higher Education Working Group (HEWG)

Women’s Rights, Women Empowerment and Gender Equality:ASEAN Declaration on Gender Responsive Implementation of ASEAN Vision 2025 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Progress Report on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
  • Gender mainstreaming strategies for ASCC pillar

Children’s Rights, Social Welfare and Development of Vulnerable Groups:

  • High-level Conference on Social Protection
  • Cross-regional Roundtable on the Elimination of Violence Against Children
  • Baseline Study on Child Protection Systems in ASEAN
  • Baseline Study on the Status of Child Participation in ASEAN and Member States

Poverty Eradication and Rural Development:

  • Regional Study on Social Entrepreneurship in ASEAN
  • Regional Study on Food Security and Price Spikes: Responsive Social Protection Policies for Vulnerable Poor
  • ASEAN Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI)


  • ASEAN instrument on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers
  • Regional Plan of Action to Implement the Vientiane Declaration on Transition from Informal
    Employment to Formal Employment towards Decent Work Promotion in ASEAN
  • Study on Women Migrant Workers in ASEAN Economic Integration
  • ASEAN-ILO Joint Programme

Civil Service Matters

  • ASEAN Leaders Declaration on the Role of Civil Service as Catalyst for Achieving ASEAN Vision
  • Regional Forum on Civil Service Innovations and the Launch of the Coffee Table Book on Civil
    Service Programmes and Innovations


  • Fifth ASEAN State of Environment Report
  • ASEAN Joint Statement on Climate Change and ASEAN Joint Declaration on Chemicals and Waste
  • Establishment Agreement of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Transboundary Haze Pollution
  • ASEAN-EU Project on Sustainable Use of Peatlands and Haze Mitigation under the ASEAN
    Programme on Sustainable Management of Peatland Ecosystems (SUPA)
  • ASEAN-EU Project on Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in ASEAN (BCAMP)
  • Full ratification of the Establishment Agreement of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Social Protection Guideline during Emergency Response and Recovery Phase
  • Second Regional Conference on School Safety
  • APEC Climate Centre (APCC) – ASEAN Disaster Management Symposium
  • ASEAN Day on Disaster Management Celebration


  • ASEAN Youth Dialogue with the Leaders which will include a session on HIV and AIDS (50th Commemorative Activity)
  • 2017 ASEAN Breastfeeding Forum and Big Latch on “Hakab Na 2017” (50th Commemorative Activity)
  • ASEAN Traditional Medicine Conference with Exhibit and Presentation of T&CM Milestone (50th Commemorative Activity)
  • ASEAN Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases (ASEAN 50th Anniversary Commemorative Activity)
  • ASEAN Leaders’ Declaration on Ending All Forms of Malnutrition
  • ASEAN Declaration of Commitment on Antimicrobial Resistance: Combating AMR through One Health Approach
  • ASEAN Emergency Operation Center Network

Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

The ASCC continuously consults and partners with abroad range of stakeholders in the government, civil societyorganisations, multilateral organisations,the private sector, the academe/think tanks and ASEAN Dialogue Partners.

Mechanisms and Platforms under the ASCC

  • ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (AWEN)
  • ASEAN Social Work Consortium (ASWC)
  • Network of Experts on Inclusive Entrepreneurship in ASEAN
  • ASEAN Children’s Forum (ACF)
  • ASEAN GO-NGO Forum on Social Welfare and Development
  • ASEAN Forum on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication
  • ASEAN+3 Exchange Programme for Village Leaders
  • ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML)
  • ASEAN Labour Inspection Conference
  • ASEAN-China Environmental Cooperation Forum
  • ASEAN Forum on Sustainable Consumption andProduction
  • ASEAN Plus Three Field Epidemiology TrainingNetwork 4 ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC)
  • ASEAN Plus Three Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Network
  • ASEAN Plus Three Partnership on Laboratories

ASEAN Centres and Partner Institutions

  • ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) Partnership
    Group (
  • ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (
  • ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) (
  • ASEAN Resource Centres under ASEAN Cooperation on Civil Service Matters (ACCSM)
  • ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (
  • ASEAN Risk Assessment Centre for Food Safety (ARAC)
  • ASEAN Risk Assessment and Risk Communication Resource Centre (ARARC)
  • China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Centre (
  • ASEAN University Network (
  • ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN)1
  • Committee for ASEAN Youth Cooperation (CAYC)
  • Southeast Asia School Principals Foru (SEASPF)
  • Southeast Asian Ministers of Education organization (SEAMEO)
  • ASEAN Youth Forum
  • ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Transboundary Haze Pollution2


1 Education sector
2 Permanent centre is to be established. ASEC currently serves as Interim Centre.