To realize the ASEAN Community, a key theme agreed upon by the member states was that the ASEAN Community should be truly people-centered. It is thus natural that the ASCC includes the promotion and strengthening of cooperation in areas that address the well-being of the people.

            The ASCC seeks to establish an inclusive, people-centered community where the well-being, livelihood and welfare of the people are enhanced. In particular, the ASCC emphasizes close cooperation in the following areas:

            - Human development;

            - Social welfare and protection;

            - Social justice and rights;

            - Environmental sustainability;

            - Building the ASEAN identity; and

            - Narrowing the development gap.