CHIANG MAI, 18 May 2019 – The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Council extended its full support for Thailand’s 2019 ASEAN Chairmanship and priorities at a meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 17 May.

Thailand’s Chairmanship’s theme “Advancing Partnerships for Sustainability” emphasises the promotion of future-oriented actions for human security, people-to-people connectivity and partnerships, and socio-cultural sustainability in the region.

Attended by ministers and senior government representatives, the ASCC Council supported Thailand’s priority areas for the ASCC pillar for 2019. These include establishing the ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue, ASEAN Centre for Active Ageing and Innovation, ASEAN Cultural Centre, ASEAN Training Centre for Social Work and Social Welfare, and Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN.

ASCC Council members also discussed five documents to be submitted to the upcoming 34th ASEAN Summit.  The documents address the issue of marine debris, the future of work, the greening of jobs in ASEAN, and also 2019 as ASEAN Cultural Year.

The meeting was preceded by the 26th Senior Officials Committee for the ASCC which discussed and endorsed various ASCC initiatives, such as the production of an ASCC Magazine to increase the profile of ASCC. Other initiatives endorsed include the development of a Smart ASCC Roadmap to harness the potential of the fourth industrial revolution for the people of ASEAN.

Cross-sectoral collaboration remains high on ASCC’s agenda. The 14th Coordinating Conference on the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community on 14 May discussed the need for strengthened collaboration, especially in the areas of the future of work, social environmental safeguards and social protection in times of disasters.

Read the Joint Statement of the 21st ASCC Council Meeting here.