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Governance

Overview

ASEF's work in Governance

We promote informal, open and non-confrontational dialogue between civil society and government representatives on human rights issues of importance to Asia and Europe and provide tailored capacity-building training for diplomats engaged in public diplomacy efforts.

Overview

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is an intergovernmental, not-for-profit organisation which brings together the people of Asia and Europe to address common global challenges. It is the only permanent institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) political dialogue Process and is publicly funded by voluntary contributions from 53 ASEM Partners.

Governance is one of ASEF’s seven key thematic areas. In this field, we promote informal, open and non-confrontational dialogue between civil society and government representatives, particularly in human rights.  Furthermore, we strive to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation among ASEM Partners by providing a tailored capacity-building training for early-/mid-career diplomats and government officials engaged in public diplomacy efforts.

 

Our Work

Human Rights

We organise annual Human Rights seminars, trainings and outreach activities covering issues of importance to Asia and Europe. Through the Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights Series (ASEMHRS), we provide a multistakeholder platform for an exchange of views and practices related to human rights across Asia and Europe. We add value to the dialogue on human rights between Asia and Europe by transforming the results of our projects into actionable inputs. The recommendations are made available to the public through the ASEMHRS publications and seminar reports. The outcomes are further presented to a wider audience through outreach events and utilised to train government officials and practitioners on human rights topics through the annual Human Rights Training Programme.

Since 1997, ASEF has co-organised 21 Informal ASEM Human Rights Seminars across Asia and Europe with over 2,000 participants from ASEM Partner countries.

Public Diplomacy

The ASEF Public Diplomacy Training (ASEFPDT) combines participatory online learning and face-to-face interactions facilitated by public diplomacy experts and trainers. The modules are designed to keep participants abreast of new developments in the field through peer-to-peer learning, analysing case studies and designing strategic campaigns.

ASEFPDT Alumni are encouraged to apply the practical skills they acquired through the online course and the face-to-face training in their work to increase foreign and domestic publics’ awareness of the Asia-Europe cooperation and ASEF.

Since its inception in 2013, ASEF has co-organised 11 tutored online courses and 9 face-to-face collaborations across Asia and Europe, benefitting more than 400 junior diplomats and civil servants from ASEM Partner countries.

Publications

Publication

Human Rights and Climate Change

Published in 2022
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Human Rights of Older Persons

Published in 2021
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Human Rights Education & Training

Published in 2020
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Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights

Published in 2020
Publication

Human Rights and Children

Published in 2019
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ASEF Public Diplomacy Handbook

Published in 2016
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Human Rights & Trafficking in Persons

Published in 2016
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Human Rights and Businesses

Published in 2015
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Human Rights and the Environment

Published in 2014
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Asia in the Eyes of Europe

Published in 2012
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Human Rights and Gender Equality

Published in 2011
Publication

Good Policing: Instruments, Models and Practices

Published in 2011
Publication

Human Rights in Criminal Justice Systems

Published in 2010
Publication

The EU Through the Eyes of Asia Volume II:

Published in 2009
Publication

The Future of European Studies in Asia

Published in 2008
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The EU Through the Eyes of Asia

Published in 2007
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International Migrations and Human Rights

Published in 2005
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Human Rights and Economic Relations

Published in 2005
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The Third Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights

Published in 2000
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Second Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights

Published in 1999

Stay Connected

Listen to the Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights podcast on Spotify or Soundcloud.

Check out our ASEF Public Diplomacy Webinar Series

Meet The Team

Governance & Sustainable Development

Manager for International Public Health

Japan

Head, Governance

Finland

Senior Project Executive

Singapore

Admin Executive

Philippines

Intern

Cambodia

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