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4th Connecting Civil Societies of Asia and Europe

Economy Events


Project Period:
1-3 October 2010
Brussels (Belgium)



The global and regional environment in which the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) operates has changed significantly since its inception in 1996. Financial crises, terrorism, climate change, and pandemics have emerged as global threats that compound the insecurity and challenges facing an increasingly inter-dependent but fractious world. More than ever, the need for more effective Asia-Europe dialogue and genuine cooperation is urgent. What should be ASEM’s priorities for the next two years? What are the most pressing concerns shared by governments and civil societies in Asia and Europe, especially those concerns that could benefit from concerted policy attention and sustained ground action from citizens?

The issues

CCS4 took  stock of and analysed some of the current trends and issues that define the Asia-Europe dialogue to date, identified the most constructive areas for civil society cooperation, and forecast emerging issues that could have an impact on future ASEM dialogue and directions. The conference brought together an unconventional mix of participants from ASEM governments and civil societies to work collaboratively on a focused report to ASEM leaders at the Brussels Summit. The two-day conference facilitated seven concurrent thematic workshops and one panel discussion on the topic “Views from the ASEM Community”. The workshops and the panel were connected by an opening and a closing plenary, which featured keynote addresses by ASEM leaders and eminent personalities.

Keynote speaker

H.E. Steven Vanackere, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belgium


Public Panel:
Views from the ASEM Community

With representatives from the Asia-Europe Business Forum (AEBF), the Asia-Europe People`s Forum (AEPF) and the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership

Workshop 1
Who Should Pay for Higher Education?
Co-organisers: Asian Institute of Management (AIM), European University Association (EUA)

Workshop 2
Creating Skills and Competences for Living and Working in the ASEM Area
Co-organisers: Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS), ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub)

Workshop 3
Sustainable Creative Cities: The role of the arts in globalised urban contexts
Co-organisers: Institute of Cultural Theory, Research and the Arts, Leuphana University (Germany) and Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University (Japan)

Workshop 4
The Role of Youth in Public Health Promotion: New Ideas, Young Ideas

Co-organisers: ASEF University Alumni Network (ASEFUAN), Prospex

Workshop 5
Reconciliation and Community Building: Translating the EU Experience to East Asia

Co-organisers: Peace Boat, European Centre for Conflict Prevention, Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research

Workshop 6
The Right to Information

Co-organisers: Article 19, Foundation for Media Alternatives

Workshop 7
The EU and Asia – Inter-regionalism and Regional Integration
Co-organisers: United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges (Belgium), Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies at Tsinghua University (Tsinghua-CRIS) in Beijing (China)

5th Asia-Europe Editors’ Roundtable
Asia and Europe: Engaging for a Post-Crisis World
Partner: Chatham House



Project Updates

Project Updates
4 Jan 2011

Photos & Videos


ASEF Executive Director Amb Dominique Girard


Opening Plenary session of the 4th Connecting Civil Societies of…


Belgian Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere speaks at the opening plenary…


2-3 October 2010, Brussels Belgium


Belgian Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere (left) examines a "Lingua Comica"…


2-3 October 2010, Brussels Belgium


Workshop 3 Report: Sustainable Creative Cities


Welcome speech by ASEF Executive Director Amb Dominique Girard


Vanackere to address civil society conference in Brussels


Participant list


Keynote speech by Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, H.E. Steven Vanackere


Eight Points for ASEM 8


Closing speech by ASEF Executive Director Amb Dominique Girard


Civil society conference concludes with eight points of


4th Connecting Civil Societies of Asia and Europe Conference – Publication


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