The ASEAN charter

The ASEAN Charter

Recognizing the achievements of ASEAN since its foundation on 8 August 1967, the 10 members of ASEAN have entered into the new common legal framework  of the “ASEAN Charter” on 15 December 2008.

The ASEAN Charter
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The ASEAN Charter defines the purpose and principles of ASEAN and its responsibilities, rights and obligations towards the ASEAN people and countries, giving it a legally biding existence.

Summary of the ASEAN Charter

Preamble – page 1

Chapter I – Purpose and principles – page 3

Article 1 – Purposes – page 3

Article 2 – Principles – page 5

Chapter II – Legal personality – page 8

Article 3 – Legal personality of ASEAN – page 8

Chapter III – Membership – page 8

Article 4 – Member states – page 8

Article 5 – Rights and obligations – page 8

Article 6 – Admission of new members – page 9

Chapter IV – Organs – page 10

Article 7 – ASEAN summit – page 10

Article 8 – ASEAN coordinating council – page 11

Article 9 – ASEAN community councils – page 12

Article 10 – ASEAN sectoral ministerial bodies – page 14

Article 11 – Secretary-General of ASEAN and ASEAN secretariat – page 14

Article 12 – Committee of permanent representatives to ASEAN  – page 17

Article 13 – ASEAN human rights body – page 19

Article 15 – ASEAN foundation – page 19

Chapter V – Entities associated with ASEAN – page 20

Article 16 – Entities associated with ASEAN – page 20

Chapter VI – Immunities and privileges – page 20

Article 17 – Immunities and privileges of ASEAN – page 20

Article 18 – Immunities and privileges of the Secretary-General of ASEAN and staff of the ASEAN secretariat – page 21

Article 19 – Immunities and privileges of the permanent representatives and officials on ASEAN duties – page 21

Chapter VII – Decision-making – page 22

Article 20 – Consultation and consensus – page 22

Article 21 – Implementation and procedure – page 22

Chapter VIII – Settlement of disputes – page 23

Article 22 – General principles – page 23

Article 23 – Good offices, conciliation and mediation – page 23

Article 24 – Dispute settlement mechanisms in specific instruments – page 24

Article 25 – Establishment of dispute settlement mechanisms – page 24

Article 26 – Unresolved disputes – page 25

Article 27 – Compliance – page 25

Article 26 – United Nations Charter provisions and other relevant international procedures – page 25

Chapter IX – Budget and finance – page 26

Article 29 – General principles – page 26

Article 30 – Operational budget and finances of the ASEAN Secretariat – page 26

Chapter X – Administration and procedure – page 27

Article 31 – Chairman of ASEAN – page 27

Article 32 – Role of the Chairman of ASEAN – page 28

Article 33 – Diplomatic protocol and practices – page 28

Article 34 – Working language of ASEAN – page 29

Chapter XI – Identity and symbols – page 29

Article 35 – ASEAN identity – page 29

Article 36 – ASEAN motto – page 29

Article 37 – ASEAN flag page 29

Article 38 – ASEAN emblempage 30

Article 39 – ASEAN day – page 30

Article 40 – ASEAN anthempage 30

Chapter XII – External relations – page 30

Article 41 – Conduct of external relations – page 30

Article 42 – Dialogue coordinator – page 31

Article 43 – ASEAN committees in third countries and international organisations – page 32

Article 44 – Status of external parties – page 33

Article 45 – Relations with the United Nations system and other international organisations and institutions – page 33

Article 46 – Accreditation of non-ASEAN member states to ASEAN – page 34

Chapter XIII – General and final provisions – page 34

Article 47 – Signature, ratification, depository and entry into force – page 34

Article 48 – Amendments – page 35

Article 49 – Terms of reference and rules of procedure – page 35

Article 50 – Review – page 35

Article 51 – Interpretation of the charter – page 36

Article 52 – Legal continuity – page 36

Article 53 – Original text – page 37

Article 54 – Registration of the ASEAN charter – page 37

Article 55 – ASEAN assets – page 37

Annex 1 – ASEAN sectoral ministerial bodies – page 41

I. ASEAN political-security community – page 41

II. ASEAN economic community – page 42

III. ASEAN socio-cultural community – page 44

Annex 2 – Entities associated with ASEAN – page 46

I. Parliamentarians – page 46

II. Business organisations – page 46

III. Think tanks and academic institutions – page 47

IV. Accredited civil society organisations – page 47

V. Other stakeholders in ASEAN – page 49

Annex 3 – ASEAN flag – page 50

Annex 4 – ASEAN emblem – page 52

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