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ASEM12 Summit: “Global partners for global challenges” - Brussels, 18-19 October 2018

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The EU will host the 12th Summit of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM12) in Brussels on 18-19 October 2018, with as theme “Global partners for global challenges”. The ASEM12 Summit will be chaired by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk and the President the European Commission, as well as Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will also be in attendance. ASEM partner countries will be represented by their Heads of State or Government as well as the other institutional partner ASEAN by its Secretary General, .

ASEM12 Summit: “Global partners for global challenges”

The EU will host the 12th Summit of the Asia Europe Meting (ASEM12) in Brussels on 18-19 October 2018. The ASEM12 Summit will be chaired by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. The Summit’s overarching theme will be “Global partners for global challenges”, and Leaders will address issues and challenges of common interest for European and Asian partners.

The ASEM Summit is the highest platform for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe.  The ASEM Summits are attended by the leaders of 51 partner countries and two institutional partners (the EU and ASEAN). Held biannually, the hosting of the Summit rotates between Europe and Asia, and offers a unique opportunity to promote common understanding between the two continents, and to address ASEM partners’ common challenges. ASEM12 will be the most significant gathering of European and Asian leaders in 2018, and the single largest international high-level meeting in Brussels this year. 

At the ASEM12 Summit, ASEM partner countries will be represented by their Heads of State or Government the ASEAN Secretary General, and the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission. Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will also be in attendance.

ASEM Leaders will be seeking greater convergence on global governance and effective multilateralism, while exploring new avenues of strengthened cooperation. How to strengthen “Connectivity” will be a major focus of the discussion at the ASEM12 Summit. During 3 plenary sessions, ASEM partners will discuss (1) financial and economic issues (2) global issues and Europe-Asia connectivity, as well as (3) international and regional issues. The overall aim will be to encourage joint action on global challenges such as the Sustainable Devlopment Goals, climate change, terrorism, migration, cyber security, ocean governance, education, sustainable tourism and the protection of cultural heritage.

Improving connectivity between Europe and Asia is at the core of ASEM's mission. During the Summit, the ASEM Sustainable Connectivity Monitor (ASCM) will be presented. The ASCM is developed by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and will measure the degree and the manner in which ASEM partners are connected, along the following dimensions: physical, economic, political, institutional and people-to-people connectivity.

Numerous side events will be organized in the lead up to the ASEM12 Summit:  The 16th Asia-Europe Business Forum (AEBF16), the 10th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP10), the Asia-Europe People Forum (AEPF12), the ASEM Labour Forum (AELF), the 3rd Young Leader Summit and 9th Editors Roundtable organized by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). For the first time, the ASEM Cultural Festival will accompany the Summit and will be open to the general public from 18 to 31 October at BOZAR.

Video: 12th ASEM Summit (ASEM12)

 

ASEM12 SUMMIT SIDE EVENTS

ASEM Parliamentary Meeting (ASEP10)

Brussels, Belgium

Venue: European Parliament

 

27-28 September

Asia Europe People-to-People Forum (AEPF):

 

Ghent, Belgium (tbc)

Venue: Hotel Progress

 

29-30 September

1 October

9th ASEF Editors' Roundtable (ASEFERT9)

Brussels, Belgium

Venue: Press Club

 

15-16 October

3rd ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS3)

Brussels, Belgium

Venue: tbc

 

15-19 October

ASEM Labour Forum (AELF)

Brussels, Belgium

Venue: tbc

 

16-17 October

ASEM Cultural Festival

Brussels, Belgium

Venue: BOZAR

 

18-31 October

ASEM Business Forum (AEBF)

Brussels, Belgium

Venue: Egmont Palace

 

18 October

 

 

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