The 11 th meeting of ASEAN senior officials in charge of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) wrapped up in Phnom Penh , Cambodia on April 1.

According to Xinhua, the meeting reviewed the progress of implementation of the ASCC Blueprint as well as discussed preparations for the 7th ASCC Council Meeting to be held on April 2 and the 20th ASEAN Summit on April 3-4.

The ASCC Blueprint was adopted by the ASEAN leaders at the 14th ASEAN Summit in March 2009 in Thailand . The primary goal of the ASCC is to contribute to realising an ASEAN Community that is people-centred and socially responsible with a view to achieving enduring solidarity and unity among the ASEAN nations and peoples by forging a common identity and building a caring and sharing society.

The officials also deliberated on measures to implement commitments as well as called for more concrete actions promote the establishment of an ASCC, which, along with the ASEAN Political and Security Community (APSC) and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), constitute three pillars of an ASEAN Community envisioned by 2015.

Other topics discussed at the meeting included cultural harmonisation, climate change, educational cooperation, women and children.-VNA