WE, the Heads of States or Governments of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (hereinafter referred to as “ASEAN”), namely: Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, on the occasion of the 37th ASEAN Summit;

UPHOLDING the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 which seeks to build upon and deepen the integration process to realise a rules-based, people-oriented, peoplecentred ASEAN Community, and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025 which aims to provide mechanisms and enhance institutional capacity to promote equitable access to social protection, and basic social welfare for all, and particularly for vulnerable groups including older persons, persons with disabilities, women and children, as well as encourage institutional and technical innovations for the provision of social services;