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7th Asia-Europe Young Leaders Symposium (AEYLS)

Strengthening Asia-Europe Co-operation: Opportunities And Challenges In The Emerging New Global Context

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24 Aug 03 - 29 Aug 03 Asia-Europe Foundation Education Department Asia-Europe Young Leaders Symposia (AEYLS) Education

Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)


The AEYLS has been held annually since 1997 at different venues in Asia and Europe. It is a forum for young people who have been selected as leaders in their respective fields to discuss trends and issues in order to suggest innovative ways to strengthen Asia-Europe relations.

The Ho Chi Minh City seminar addressed the following issues:

- ASEM: A critical stocktaking and challenges ahead

- Towards sustainable economic growth in Asia and Europe: New challenges from emerging global realities

- Dialogue on cultures and civilisations: Identifying common values between Asia and Europe. Reconciling the irreconcilable?

- New security challenges: Comparative perspectives from Asia and Europe and prospects for a Euro-Asian response

- The role of civil society and people-to-people exchanges in strengthening Asia-Europe co-operation

Participants also shared views in a workshop setting, and a summary of the outcome and recommendations of the symposium was sent to the ASEM governments and the European Commission.


The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

ASEF's contribution is with the financial support of the European Commission.