Putting people first
Connectivity between people, and among nations and regions, is central to the partnership between the EU and ASEAN. Improved connectivity in education and research means that new ideas and learning flow for the benefit of all and mutual understanding increases. EU-ASEAN cooperation aims to build connected and inclusive societies which place priority on well-being and social welfare. Aligned with the ASEAN Social- Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint, and with a strong focus on nurturing the human, cultural and natural resources needed for sustainable development, EU development cooperation underpins ASEAN’s commitment to improving living standards in the region through people-centric as well as socially and environmentally responsible actions.