HUA HIN, Thailand - South East Asian leaders are meeting in Thailand to work toward creating a political and economic union for the region by 2015.
Here are some key facts about the Association of South East Nations:
* ASEAN's 10 members span the political and economic spectrum: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
* ASEAN's population of 570 million is greater than that of the European Union and the three countries that make up NAFTA -- the United States, Canada and Mexico.
* As of 2006, ASEAN's combined GDP was $1.1 trillion -- about a third the size of China's -- and total trade was around $1.4 trillion, according to the summit website.
* Per capita income was around $1,200.
Here are some key aims at the summit in Hua Hin.
* Launching an ASEAN human rights commission.
* Adopting an ASEAN declaration on climate change to reaffirm ASEAN's position in the negotiation under the United Nations Frameworks Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
* Signing a free-trade agreement between ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand.
* Adopting a declaration on education cooperation.
* Signing of an agreement on Privileges and Immunities of ASEAN.
Sources: Reuters, ASEAN Secretariat
(Compiled by John Ruwitch; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)