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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

Funded by the European Union