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Published online: September 1, 2022

Progressive Development of the ASEAN Community under the UN 2030 Agenda

Eric Yong Joong Lee
Dongguk University / YIJUN Institute of International Law
8, Achasan-ro 62-gil, Gwangjin-gu #402 (Taejin Suite) Seoul 05047 Korea.
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This paper aims to examine the progressive development process of the ASEAN under the UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. As of 2022, the ASEAN Member States have a total population of 622 million people and a combined GDP of USD 3.2 trillion. The ASEAN’s main focus is integration by connectivity which has been facilitated by “the ASEAN Way.” The ASEAN connectivity was upgraded into a single community through the ASEAN Vision 2020 comprehensively formalized by the Bali Concord II in 2003. The ASEAN has been geographically expanding towards Northeast Asia (ASEN+3) and then Oceania with India (ASEAN+6). It was also connected to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) which is the biggest mega FTA in the contemporary world. With the Vision 2025, furthermore, the ASEAN Community reset its direction to sustainable development goals which are the main objective to attain for the Association under the Master Plan 2025.

Keywords : ASEAN, ASEAN Plus Three, ASEAN Plus Six, Sustainable Development, ASEAN Community Vision 2025, UN Agenda 2030

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