ASEAN Charter

The ASEAN Charter serves as a firm foundation in achieving the ASEAN Community by providing a legal status and an institutional framework for ASEAN. It also codifies ASEAN norms, rules and values, sets clear targets for ASEAN, and promotes accountability and compliance.

The ASEAN Charter entered into force on 15 December 2008. A gathering of ASEAN foreign ministers was held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta to mark this historic occasion.

With the entry into force of the ASEAN Charter, ASEAN effectively operates under a new legal framework and has established a number of new organs to boost its community-building process.

In effect, the ASEAN Charter has become a legally binding agreement among the 10 ASEAN member states.