July 2016, Mongolian Presidency celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM)
“The Spririt of EurAsia, Pathways of Civilization”
Windows on EurAsian Economic and Social Develoment through the eyes of citizens.
A Painting and Photography Exhibition at the United Nations in cooperation with EurAsian Cultural Centers in New York.
The History of Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM)
The Asia Europe Meeting was originally created to increase cooperation within the EurAsian continent and was supported with particular emphasis by EU Founding Member State France.
ASEM is the only major international organization that connects the EU with the rest of it’s EurAsian partners.
The European Union indeed is not participating in other major international Asian and Pacific fora like APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) nor the US led TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership).
The origins of the ASEM process lay in a mutual recognition, in both Asia and Europe, that the relationship between the two regions needed to be strengthened, reflecting the new global context of the 1990s, and the perspectives of the new century. In July 1994, the European Commission had already published Towards a New Strategy for Asia, stressing the importance of modernising our relationship with Asia, and of reflecting properly its political, economic and cultural significance. The Commission Communication of September 2001, entitled, Europe and Asia: A Strategic Framework for Enhanced Partnerships, reaffirmed this objective.
In November 1994, Singapore and France proposed that an EU-Asia summit meeting be held, to consider how to build a new partnership between our two regions. Following Singapore’s proposal, the first ASEM Summit was held in Bangkok in March 1996 which marks the beginning of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).
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