“The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Outlook project helps us identify factors that drive relationships between Europe and Asia. Particularly underlining the specific roles of regional organisations such as the European Union and the ASEAN.”
The above remark was made Prof. Luk Van Langenhove, Director, United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), during his opening remarks at the ASEM Outlook 2012 workshop in Singapore on 3 December 2012.
The ASEM Outlook 2012 workshop (3–4 December 2012) brought together international participants from the public and the business sector, civil society organisations, think tanks and academia and media. The event was organized by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and UNU-CRIS.
“The idea is to provide a platform for sharing ideas in an open and frank dialogue”, highlighted Karsten Warnecke, ASEF’s Deputy Executive Director. “This 4th ASEM Outlook workshop is different from the past three workshops. Rather than focusing on the past and present experiences, this one explores future possibilities for stronger bi-regional cooperation”, he added.
“The highlight of the event is the interactivity, especially during the group discussions when participants are free to present their visions for Asia and Europe”, shared a workshop participant from Indonesia, Alexander Chandra (Trade Knowledge Network Southeast Asia Coordinator for the International Institute for Sustainable Development).
The ASEM Outlook Report, published in advance of this workshop, is a key resource to better understand the forces influencing Asia-Europe relations today. It focuses on the future of Asia–Europe relations in four sectors: security and conflict management, economic and financial integration, environmental governance, and public health and pandemic preparedness. This two-volume publication (volume 1, volume 2) contains recommendations to address emerging global and regional challenges.
For more information please visit the 4th ASEM Outlook 2012 page on the ASEF website.