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Regional Integration Series: 1st Connecting Civil Societies Of Asia And Europe

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16 Jun 04 - 18 Jun 04 Asia-Europe Foundation Governance & Economy Department Conference Series Governance & Human Rights

Barcelona (Spain)

"Civil society organisations can make a unique contribution to the political, socio-economic and cultural development of Asia and Europe." - Bertrand Fort, conference co-ordinator.


This two-day meeting brought together 200 high-level representatives from prominent civil society groups in Asia and Europe to discuss issues of mutual concern, including:

- Human rights and governance

- Environment and urbanisation

- Labour and social issues

- International relations and security issues

- Trade and development co-operation

- Migration

- Interfaith dialogue

Working groups were also organised for participants to discuss concrete plans for partnership within their sector. The ASEF then conveyed the outcomes of this consultation to the ASEM governments, who were making preparations for the 5th ASEM Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam in October 2004.


  • International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)
  • Casa Asia