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17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights

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7-9 November 2017 Kareena SAMTANI Political & Economic Department Informal ASEM Seminar On Human Rights Governance & Human Rights



Venue:
Sofia, Bulgaria

The 17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights took place on 7-9 November 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria, on the theme of "Human Rights and Children".

Three simultaneous closed-door working groups discussed the following topics in detail:

WG1 - International Partnership and State Provision for Survival and Development of Children

WG2 - Protection of Vulnerable Children

WG3 - Participation and Involvement of Children in Decision-making

 

This Seminar series is co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (nominated by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

 

The host for the 17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights was the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria and the State Agency for Child Protection, Bulgaria.

 

For more information about the seminar series, please see the Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights page.

Partners

  • Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, France
  • Raoul Wallenberg Institute
  • Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

Sponsors

  • European Union
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Project Updates

  • Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights at the International Symposium on "Deprivation of Liberty of Children in The Justice System: Towards a Global Research Agenda"
    (13 April 2018, Leiden, The Netherlands)

    The Informal Asia-Europe Meeting Human Rights Seminar (ASEMHRS) was established following the 1st ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting (ASEM FMM1) in 1997. Over the years, the Seminar series, has been successful in promoting mutual understanding and co-operation between Europe and Asia within a political dialogue, particularly on human rights issues. The Seminar series has also opened up a space that encourages an open and non-confrontational debate between representatives of civil society organisations and officials from all ASEM Partners on human rights.

    Representative of the Co-organisers of the Seminar series, including Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (nominated by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs; Ms Valerie WAGNER, Diplomat, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, spoke about the Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights at the International Symposium on "Deprivation of Liberty of Children in The Justice System: Towards a Global Research Agenda". She addressed a global audience about the achievements and progress of the conversations on human rights, which have positively contributed in people-to-people exchange between Asia & Europe, and the discourse on Human Rights in the two regions.

    The International Symposium that focused on Children's Rights in the Justice System assembled global experts and scholars in the know-how of the present-day status of children's rights. The participants of the training component of the 17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights were also in attendance at the International Symposium on 13 April 2018 in Leiden, The Netherlands.

  • The 17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights was held on 7-8 November 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria, on the theme of "Human Rights and Children".

    Over 80 selected participants gathered for the Seminar, including civil society experts, academics, NGOs, international organisations, private sector representatives, and senior government officials from Asia and Europe to address the human rights of children within the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) framework. The Seminar aimed to develop recommendations for the different stakeholders working in this field, and to strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights of children at the ASEM level.

    The 17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights took place in three simultaneous closed-door working group discussions, each focusing on one of the following topics:
    WG1 - International Partnership and State Provision for Survival and Development of Children
    WG2 - Protection of Vulnerable Children
    WG3 - Participation and Involvement of Children in Decision-making

    Two side events on "Children & the Media" & "Children's Participation" suitably complemented the Seminar. Children participated in it, and was organised by the State Agency for Child Protection, Bulgaria.

    For a more detailed overview please see the Seminar Concept Paper.

    This Seminar series is co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (nominated by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. ASEF has been the secretariat for the Seminar since 2000. The 17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, and the State Agency for Child Protection, Bulgaria.

  • Human Rights and Children

    Published on 27 Mar 2017

    The theme for the 17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights is “Human Rights and Children”. Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, the event will take place on 7-9 November 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria, bringing together civil society experts and government representatives from 51 Asian and European countries, the European Union and the ASEAN Secretariat, to discuss the promotion and protection of the rights of the child.

    The year 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights project series. To mark this occasion, the co-organisers will introduce a new capacity-building component, utilising the Seminar outcomes to train government officials. This new activity will support the Seminar’s overall objective of promoting mutual understanding and cooperation on human rights issues among ASEM partners.

    For more updates on the 17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights, please click here.

    Please note that given the nature of the Seminar, this is “by invitation” only by the co-organisers; there is no open call for participation.