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”.
Participation in the 17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights took place in three simultaneous closed-door working group discussions, each focusing on one of the four 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
For a more detailed overview please see the seminar Concept Note.
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. Given the nature of the Seminar, participants were invited individually by the co-organisers; there was no open call for participation.