JAKARTA, 30 October 2017 – The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Department of the ASEAN Secretariat launched the maiden issue of VOICES: Bulletin of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) today.  This is a new quarterly bulletin which serves as a communication tool to keep ASEAN people informed on issues that have a direct impact on their lives.

The ASCC seeks to build a community that engages and benefits the people, and is inclusive, sustainable, resilient and dynamic.  The work of ASCC focuses on a wide range of issues which include rural development and poverty eradication, women and children, labour, education, health, culture and arts, environment, disaster management and humanitarian assistance.

This inaugural bulletin of the ASCC or fondly known as the “people’s pillar,” focuses on the issue of poverty eradication and inequality in the ASEAN region.  “As the people’s pillar, it is important for us to have a channel of communication with the people of ASEAN,” said Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. “It is my hope that VOICES will be able to bring to the people of ASEAN a better understanding of the work being carried out by the people’s pillar,” he added.

VOICES: The Bulletin of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community can be downloaded here.