ASEF is an intergovernmental not-for-profit organisation which brings together the peoples of Asia and Europe to address common global challenges by:
A world in which Asians and Europeans shape the future together – respectfully, fairly, and sustainably.
To complement the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Process through opportunities for Asians and Europeans to exchange ideas and collaborate, to achieve innovative and sustainable solutions for common global challenges.
We pursue transparency and trust in our individual roles and in the work and projects we do which improves ASEF’s activities and positions it as a leading inter-governmental not-for-profit organisation.
We maintain a consistent standard of engagement with our civil society and government stakeholders. We aspire to provide our employees with a platform for and a work culture conducive to growth in their respective strengths and specialities.
We incorporate mutual, continuous and lifelong learning by sharing knowledge and experiences from diverse perspectives and disciplines, encouraging interdepartmental and multi-stakeholder collaboration to tackle current global challenges. We are flexible, adaptive, resilient and open to growth and change.
We build a foundation to jointly create a sustainable future in all 3 dimensions of sustainability – economic, social and environmental – by contributing to the well-being and protection of the present and future generations in our societies.
We foster a foundation of mutual respect based on equality. We engage with tolerance, acceptance, empathy and understanding communicating supportively.
We pride ourselves as an organisation that connects people and civil societies of 51 Asian and European countries and 2 regional organisations. We value, celebrate and leverage our differences in culture, thought and ideas through dialogue and cooperation, moving forward together in harmony to create a sustainable future in Asia and Europe.
Under the auspices of the Board of Governors and the Executive Office, ASEF has 4 programme departments (Culture, Education, Governance & Economy, and Sustainable Development & Public Health), 2 support departments (Human Resources and Finance & Administration), while the Communications Department functions both as a programme department (through its Media projects) and a support department for corporate communications:
The Board meets once a year. It reviews our strategy and policies to ensure that we are keeping with the ASEM’s principles and priorities.
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