On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, I am pleased to present to you this inaugural issue of “VOICES”: Bulletin of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community as a new quarterly publication of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). “VOICES” showcases the commitment of the ASCC Department towards building the ASEAN Community, thus reaching out to the peoples of ASEAN to keep them informed on issues that have direct impact on their lives.

Over the past 50 years, ASEAN has made great stride in improving the quality of life of its people. With the establishment of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community and adoption of the ASCC Blueprint 2025 in late 2015, this commitment has been given a renewed impetus.

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