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ASEF eNewsletter January 2011

ASEF eNewsletter


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03 January 2011      so much to share


The Eurozone economies are still grappling with several downside risks. Has the world not learned from past crises?

Wither the Euro?

French public intellectual Dr Jacques Attali will be in Singapore to address the issue of the on-going international crisis during his Public Talk on 13 January 2011 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Raffles Hotel Ballroom. The Public Talk is organised by ASEF and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). More…


A look back at 2010

In 2010, ASEF organised over 40 events, bringing over 500 stakeholders from Asia and Europe. ASEF eNewsletter takes a look back at some of ASEF’s project highlights of 2010. More…


A new Bretton Woods? Not just yet

The clamour for a new global economic architecture has been the subject of various global meetings, such as the G20 Summit. Are we even closer to finding what the shape of this new global economic architecture should be? More…


A perspective of Asia from the ground

Mr Rob Van Leeuwen from ASEF’s People-to-People Exchange Department shares with ASEF eNewsletter how his fascination with Asia came about, and how his interactions with people in the course of his volunteer work influenced his perception of the world. More…


Viewpoint: Towards a successful Rio+20 Summit

ASEF Director for Intellectual Exchange Ms Sol Iglesias shares her thoughts on the COP16 Summit in Cancun, and how ASEF of the ENVforum. More…


In Memoriam: Katinka Esser

ASEF is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Katinka Esser, an active member of the ASEF University Alumni Network (ASEFUAN). More…


Book on good practices promoting expressions of cultural diversity launched


ASEF and the German Commission for UNESCO launched the publication, Mapping Cultural Diversity – Good Practices from Around the Globe, on 29 November 2010 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Download the electronic version here. More…


Enjoy 25% discount on “The EU Through the Eyes of Asia Volume II”

ASEF alumni can avail of a special 25% off the list price of The EU through the Eyes of Asia Volume II. To avail of this offer, quote the discount code “AUT7525 ” as you order your copy at World Scientific’s online bookstore until 15 March 2011. More…

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Making creative cities sustainable

Cultural experts from Asia and Europe called for the active involvement of creative practitioners in urban development and educational policymaking during the CCS4 Workshop on “Sustainable Creative Cities: the role of the arts in globalised urban contexts”.  More…



Spreading the (green) human rights revolution among the youth

ASEF eNewsletter speaks to two participants from the Asia-Europe Training Course on “Environmental Human Rights: A Present and Future Challenge for Youth Work” as they share their thoughts on Environmental Human Rights. More…


The Criminal Justice System and respect for human rights of the convicted

The 34th Asia-Europe Lecture Tour “Human rights in criminal justice systems” brought to Asia Professor Manfred Nowak, Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Vienna and the former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment. More…


East meets west through film in Mongolia

Film industry professionals from Central Asia and Europe were brought together during the The East Meets West Film Forum and Festival in Ulaanbaatar in October 2010. More…


Artists journey through South India

Asian and European new media artists journeyed through rural south India to understand mobility, tourism and hospitality during a month-long residency in November 2010 supported by ASEF. More…


A vision of a learning society

The “Vietnam Forum on Lifelong Learning – Building a Learning Society” (6-8 December 2010 in Hanoi) convened about 300 international researchers, university management representatives, ministry representatives, UNESCO experts, and Vietnamese policymakers and researchers. More…


Contemporary dance festival in India

Over 40 dancers, choreographers and dance critics participated in the Ignite! Festival of Contemporary Dance which took place in New Delhi, India, from 10-13 November 2010. More…


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ASEF at the ASEM8 Summit

Read some of what the media has to say about the 4th Connecting Civil Societies of Asia and Europe (CCS4) Conference. CCS4 was an official side-event of the 8th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM8) Summit. More…

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ASEF is pleased to announce that at its 25th Board of Governors Meeting in Luang Prabang (Laos) on 8 – 9 Dec 2010, the following governors were elected as new office-bearers:


2011 ASEF Board of Governors (BoG) 

Chairman: Prof. Dr. W.A.L. Stokhof (the Netherlands) 

Vice-Chairman: Amb. Dato’ Ramanathan Vengadesan (Malaysia)


Executive Committee (ExCo)

Member: Amb. Dainius Petras Kamaitis (Lithuania) 


Finance and Audit Committee (FAC) 

Chairman: Amb. Olof Ehrenkrona (Sweden) 

Member: Prof. Dr. Horst Krenzler (European Commission) 


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“Is the Global Economy Still in Crisis?” Public Talk by Jacques Attali

13 JAN 2011



ASEF Network for Public Health 2nd Advisory Group Meeting

26-27 JAN 2011




4th Networking Asia-Europe Young Volunteers Conference (NAEYV)  

6-11 FEB 2011

Semarang, Indonesia


11th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights “Regional and National Human Rights Mechanisms” – Steering Committee Meeting

17 – 18 FEB 2011

Prague, Czech Republic


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The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) promotes greater mutual understanding between Asia and Europe through intellectual, cultural and people-to-people exchanges. Through ASEF, civil society concerns are included as a vital component of deliberations of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). ASEF was established in February 1997 by the participating governments of ASEM and has since implemented over 450 projects, engaging over 15,000 direct participants as well as reaching out to a much wider audience in Asia and Europe.

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