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ASEF eNewsletter July 2011

ASEF eNewsletter


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July 2011                    so much to share

From the Editor

Dear Readers,

We have received positive feedback of our decision last year to publish a quarterly e-newsletter and do away with the printed edition. Many of you welcomed the easy access and user-friendly links of e-newsletter articles to relevant project pages on the ASEF website.

We are now pleased to announce that following this July 2011 issue, the ASEF e-newsletter will be published monthly. In this way, we will be able to bring you more timely updates. We welcome your feedback, if any, on this latest development.

In the meantime, the ASEF editorial team joins me in wishing you, “Happy Reading!”

Tan Lian Choo, Director, Public Affairs


“The recent outbreak of the E. coli EHEC bacteria in Europe underlines how lack of anticipation on the side of government and society can be dangerous and costly”



Scenarios show the way

The ASEF Public Health Network  introduced a set of three scenarios under the name of ASEF-ASAP (Accurate Pandemics, Active Preparedness) Scenarios, that cover a range of possibilities to prepare for future pandemics and public health emergencies in Asia and Europe. More…


Environment Forum

Strategies for the Earth Summit 2012

ASEF plans to provide an inter-regional consultation platform for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20). preservation. More…


EU Through the Eyes of Asia 

The three-day workshop on “The Future of Asia-Europe Strategic Partnership on Conflict Transformation” will enhance regional conflict transformation/management ideas and develop various Asia-Europe strategic partnership models. More…


26th ASEF Board of Governors Meeting in Vilnius

Members of ASEF’s Board of Governors gathered in Vilnius, Lithuania for the meeting, and a public dialogue on ageing and its challenges to the youth. More…


A fond farewell for Ambassador Girard 

Members of the diplomatic corps, ASEF partners and alumni visited ASEF to attend a farewell reception in honour of Ambassador Dominique Girard, outgoing Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation. More…


Young ASEF alumni embark on voluntary fieldwork

The ASEFUAN International Voluntary Service Workcamp (ASEFUAN IVS) seeks to create a unique sense of bonding and intercultural exchange among participants of previous ASEF University editions and members of an identified community. More…


ASEF Annual Report 2010 now online!

ASEF’s 2010 Annual Report is now available for download. Find out more about ASEF’s highlights of the year, as well as the different projects that ASEF has organised. It also features partners and sponsors whom ASEF has worked with during the year. More…

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Overcoming Climate Gloom and Doom

Climate change stories in the media tended to focus on too much gloom and doom, Jonathan Glennie from the UK’s The Guardian told 30 journalists from leading Asian and European media organisations..  More…


ASEF at the 3rd ASEM Meeting of Ministers for Education 

A delegation from ASEF’s People-to-People Exchange department represented the Foundation during the 3rd Asia-Europe Meeting of Ministers for Education in Copenhagen, Denmark from 9-10 May 2011. More…




The Future of Asia-Europe in Conflict Transformation

The 8th Asia-Europe Roundtable to discuss ‘The Future of an Asia-Europe Strategic Partnership in Conflict Transformation’ reviewed emerging global trends vis-à-vis conflict and identified methods of cooperation to best address future conflict challenges.. More…



Connecting the next generation of festival directors

The Atelier for Young Festival Managers brought 34 young professionals to Singapore for a week-long programme of workshops and lectures, which concluded with a public talk on connecting artists and the public. More…


Call for proposals for bi-regional artistic collaborations

ASEF teams up with Arts Network Asia (ANA) to launch Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe, a new initiative supporting arts organisations to form collaborative alliances and undertake projects showcasing the cultural diversity of Asia and Europe. More…


Russia in the next decade and cooperation with Asia

ASEF hosted a seminar by Dr Igor Yurgens on 28 April 2011. Dr Yurgens is Chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Development and is one of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s closest advisers on the economy. More… 

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Indonesian media and NGOs on the launch of the “Good Policing” handbook

Various media and non-governmental organisations have reported on the Asian launch of the handbook, “Good Policing: Instruments, Models and Practices”. Read the highlights of the media coverage.  

Journalists on climate change and the media

Read some of what participants of the 6th Asia-Europe Journalists’ Seminar (4-6 June 2011, Budapest) have to say about the media’s role in the climate change debate. More… 


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Latest edition of the Asia-Europe Journal published


The latest edition on “Public Health and Vulnerable Groups” particularly focus on public health and gender, migration, ageing populations and health policy related issues.

Read more…


ASEF at Live! Singapore


ASEF’s Cultural Exchange team took part in the global performing arts conference and trade fair, to showcase its arts and culture portal,
                               Read more…


International magazine publishes article by ASEF staff


Ronan Lenihan and Matthew Castle from ASEF’s Intellectual Exchange department shared their findings on the infrastructure for co-operation between Asia and Europe on

Read more… 


Foreign Minister of Liechtenstein visits ASEF


Dr Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Liechtenstein, paid a courtesy visit to ASEF on 21 April.

Read more…


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Strategies for the Earth Summit 2012 Meeting

17-18 JUL 2011

Yogyakarta, Indonesia


10th Asia-Europe Young Volunteers Exchange

20 AUG – 01 OCT 2011

Bangalore, India


10th Asia-Europe Classroom Conference (AEC-NET) 

07-11 NOV 2011

Dundalk, Ireland


11th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights 

23-25 NOV 2011

Prague, Czech Republic


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