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ASEM Anniversary shows Asia matters for Europe & Europe matters for Asia (03/03/2016)


Tuesday 1 March sees the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) turning twenty. For the past 2 decades ASEM has played a pivotal role as a forum for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe.

The aim behind the creation of ASEM was to show that Asia matters for Europe and Europe matters for Asia. 

It is with this simple premise in mind that the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was created in 1996 and why it has since become a key forum for dialogue and cooperation between Europe and Asia, with an evergrowing number of partners involved. 

ASEM currently has 53 partners representing nearly 60% of the world’s GDP and more than 60% of the world’s population.

ASEM is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016. The celebrations will culminate at the 11th ASEM Summit held in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, on 15-16 July 2016. 

As the hosts and chair of the last, 10th ASEM Summit in Milan in October 2014, as well as the 12th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Luxembourg in November 2015 which paved the way to the 2016 Summit, the European Union and its Member States have a special responsibility in moving the ASEM process forward and thus further contributing to strengthened cooperation between Europe and Asia. 

ASEM provides a unique platform to bring Europe and Asia closer together on a number of issues of global importance, be it revival of economic growth worldwide, climate change, or the post-2015 development agenda. 

To mark the event, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is preparing an ASEM 20th Anniversary Publication.

This is a selection of articles contributed by eminent political figures and government representatives from ASEM partners, commemorating ASEM’s evolution over the past two decades as well as looking to its future development.

The finalised publication will be distributed at the 11th ASEM Summit (ASEM11) to be held in July 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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