ASEAN Eminent Persons Group

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The ASEAN Eminent Persons Group (EPG) was a group of prominent citizens from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries, tasked to create the ASEAN Charter.[1] The group was formed on 12 December 2005 via the 11th ASEAN Summit Declaration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The mandate of the group was to examine and review ASEAN's structure, areas of cooperation, principles and goals contained in agreements, treaties and declarations over the previous 38 years, and to provide ASEAN leaders with policy guidelines on the drafting of the ASEAN Charter. The group was to consider an agenda including:

The group recommended key elements of an ASEAN Charter, including:

The EPG report

In December 2006, at the twelfth ASEAN Summit in Cebu, Philippines, the ASEAN EPG endorsed a report building on "ASEAN Vision 2020"[2] as guidance for the new charter. The report contains observations, recommendations, and recommended draft language for the new charter.[3]

EPG members


  1. ^ The ASEAN Charter (PDF). Jakarta: ASEAN Secretariat. Dec 2007. ISBN 978-979-3496-62-7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ "ASEAN Vision 2020". ASEAN. ASEAN. 1997-12-15. Archived from the original on 29 April 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  3. ^ Green, J., Michael (2009). Asia's New Multilateralism - Cooperation, Competition, and the Search for Community. Columbia University Press. pp. 255–258.
  4. ^ a b c "Report of the Eminent Persons Group on the ASEAN Charter" (PDF). ASEAN. ASEAN. Dec 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.