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Let us move forward with our next topic i.e. Asia-Europe Meeting.
IAS Important Topics on International Current Affairs
Today we will discuss the Ninth topic i.e Asia-Europe Meeting. Below mentioned is the explanation of the said topic.
Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 11)
The Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an exclusively Asian–European forum to enhance relations and various forms of cooperation between its partners. It was officially established on 1 March 1996 at the first summit in Bangkok, Thailand by the then 15 members of the European Union (EU) and the European Commission, the then 7 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the individual countries of China, Japan, and South Korea.
The 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM11) Summit was held on 15-16 July 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
- The meeting in Ulaanbaatar will be hosted and chaired by the Mongolian President, H.E. Mr. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.
- The Summit brought together high-level delegation from 53 ASEM partners — 30 European and 21 Asian countries, and two intergovernmental organizations.
- Theme: “20 Years of ASEM: Partnership for the Future through Connectivity”
- The 11th ASEM Summit (ASEM11) will also mark the 20th Anniversary since the Asia-Europe Meeting dialogue process was inaugurated on 1-2 March 1996 in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Ulaanbaatar Declaration was also adopted during the meet, which resolves to fight against terrorism.
- The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an informal process of dialogue and cooperation bringing together the 28 European Union member states, 2 other European countries, and the European Union with 21 Asian countries and the ASEAN Secretariat.
- The dialogue addresses political, economic and cultural issues between the two regions with the objective of strengthening the relationship.
- It provides a platform for meeting of heads of states or governments, ministers and senior officials, and with an increasing focus on fostering contacts between societies in all sectors in the two regions.
- ASEM represents around 62.3% of the world’s population, 57.2% of the global GDP and almost 60% of the world’s trade.
- The origins of the ASEM process lay in a mutual recognition, in both Asia and Europe, that the relationship between the two regions needed to be strengthened, reflecting the new global context of the 1990s, and the perspectives of the new century.
- In November 1994, Singapore and France proposed that an EU-Asia summit meeting be held, to consider how to build a new partnership between the two regions.
- Following Singapore’s proposal, the 1st ASEM Summit (ASEM1) was held in March 1996 in Bangkok, Thailand, which marks the beginning of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).
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