Events

ARF Workshop Training on Preventive Diplomacy, Mediation and Early Warning Systems 19-21 June 2017 Yangon, Myanmar

The ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Seminar on Preventive Diplomacy, Mediation and Early Warning Systems will be convened in Yangon, Myanmar on 19 to 21 June 2017.

On the 19th of June there will be a session primarily focussed on AIPR, but ARF delegates are welcome. On the 20th and 21st June both AIPR and all ARF delegates are welcome. Main arrival 18th and departure 22 June.

Venue:

Melia Yangon Hotel

192, Kabar Aye Pagoda Road,

Bahan Township, and Yangon – Myanmar

Phone: +95 1 934 5002

Website: https://www.melia.com

ASEM Senior Officials’ Meeting, Brussels, 21-23 June 2017

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The ASEM Senior Officials’ meeting (SOM) and related meetings will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on 21-23 June 2017. ASEM Senior Officials will meet to prepare for the next ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Myanmar. The meeting will take place at THE HOTEL

Address: Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000 Brussels, Belgium  View map

To book your accommodation in Brussels at THE HOTEL using the conference rate of 210 EUR (single occupancy) for 21/06 and 22/06 please book through the below link (payment to be made by guests at the hotel)

BOOKING WEBSITE

The host and chair of the ASEM SOM is the European External Action Service (EEAS).

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS

 

REGISTRATIONS WILL CLOSE ON

Friday 9 June 2017

Conference ASEM in a fast-changing world, 21 June 2017, Brussels (The HOTEL, 17.00-18.30)

European External Action Service (EEAS) in partnership with Friends of Europe would like to invite you to a public conference on “ASEM in a fast-changing world” to be held in the margin of the ASEM Senior Official’s meeting (ASEM SOM) on 21 June 2017, from 17.00-18.30. at THE HOTEL

Venue: THE HOTEL

Time: 17.00-18.30

Followed by a cocktail reception and networking opportunity as from 19.00

 

ASEM SPS Seminar on Food Safety new policies, new challenges and new cooperation and technical aspects, 5-6 December 2017, Brussels (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

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The European Union (DG SANTE), with the support of the Partnership Instrument (PI) project “Advancing the EU’s role in Multilateral Fora in Asia”, will host the 2nd edition of ASEM SPS Seminar: Food Safety new policies, new challenges and new cooperation and technical aspects.

The seminar will be held in Brussels, Belgium from 5-6 December 2017.

The objective of this event is to facilitate sharing of background information as well as scientific and system experiences on food safety and SPS issues among policy-makers and Component Authorities (CA) of the ASEM partners with an aim to promote the exchanges of technical and scientific knowledge applicable to the food safety chain. Furthermore, the seminar will also help enhancing capacity-building and cooperation on food safety policy making and facilitate a better oversight of the relevant Regulations.

EU-ASEAN Young Leaders Forum, 26-27 February 2018

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(REGISTRATION CLOSED – For late registration, please contact EEAS-ASEAN-TEAM@eeas.europa.eu and loredanafossati@yahoo.com)

 

Background
ASEAN and the EU have a strong partnership, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. To reflect on 40 Years of official relations so far and to reinvigorate for the future, the EU will host EU-ASEAN Strategic Thinkers Forum (STF) and Young Leaders Forum (YLF) in February 2018.

At the 21st AEMM in Bangkok it was agreed that an EU-ASEAN Forum of Strategic Thinkers would be held. The main task of the forum would be to discuss the possible evolution/ upgrading of EU-ASEAN relations in future. The European Parliament Resolution on political relations with ASEAN (2017/2026 (INI)) suggests that an ASEAN-EU Young Leaders Exchange Programme could be organised, to increase engagement from young stakeholders in the EU-ASEAN relationship. This should allow young leaders from the EU and ASEAN to exchange ideas and build relationships in order to support EU-ASEAN relations in the future. This concept note puts forward the idea that the two should be held together.
Representatives from ASEAN and the EU would meet in both forums to discuss the partnership of the two organisations and enhancing cooperation: this is also reflected in the recently adopted ‘ASEAN-EU Plan of Action’ which calls for the enhancement of cooperation in a number of areas, and sharing of experiences.  (in particular point 3.1 (c) Promote Greater cultural understanding and awareness between ASEAN and the EU, as well as the exchange of experience and expertise on public policy in the field of culture.)

Context
The forums would be held in the context of the 40th Anniversary of EU-ASEAN Official Dialogue Relations. The purpose is to “reflect” on 40 years so far and to “look ahead” and discuss ideas for strengthening/upgrading EU-ASEAN relations.  Both forums would produce recommendations to be informally presented to the AEMM as a contribution to the Ministerial deliberations.
Objectives

The objective of both forums is to discuss the topics of:

Political and Security Issues
Economy, trade, business exchanges
People to people contacts

and to spark dialogue on how to build on the foundations of the ASEAN-EU Relationship to upgrade it and enhance cooperation. Both forums will provide a platform for leading thinkers of the EU and ASEAN to come together and develop recommendations to the main themes. Both forums should promote innovative approaches and initiatives for advancing EU-ASEAN relations.

The Young Leaders Forum in particular should work to advance the role of youth in EU-ASEAN decision making, and share knowledge on EU-ASEAN cooperation from a wide range of perspectives.

Hosts and co-organisors
Co-organised by European Union and ASEAN

EU-ASEAN Strategic Thinkers Forum, 27-28 February 2018

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(REGISTRATION CLOSED – For late registration, please contact EEAS-ASEAN-TEAM@eeas.europa.eu and loredanafossati@yahoo.com)

Background
ASEAN and the EU have a strong partnership, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. To reflect on 40 Years of official relations so far and to reinvigorate for the future, the EU will host EU-ASEAN Strategic Thinkers Forum (STF) and Young Leaders Forum (YLF) in February 2018.

At the 21st AEMM in Bangkok it was agreed that an EU-ASEAN Forum of Strategic Thinkers would be held. The main task of the forum would be to discuss the possible evolution/ upgrading of EU-ASEAN relations in future. The European Parliament Resolution on political relations with ASEAN (2017/2026 (INI)) suggests that an ASEAN-EU Young Leaders Exchange Programme could be organised, to increase engagement from young stakeholders in the EU-ASEAN relationship. This should allow young leaders from the EU and ASEAN to exchange ideas and build relationships in order to support EU-ASEAN relations in the future. This concept note puts forward the idea that the two should be held together.
Representatives from ASEAN and the EU would meet in both forums to discuss the partnership of the two organisations and enhancing cooperation: this is also reflected in the recently adopted ‘ASEAN-EU Plan of Action’ which calls for the enhancement of cooperation in a number of areas, and sharing of experiences.  (in particular point 3.1 (c) Promote Greater cultural understanding and awareness between ASEAN and the EU, as well as the exchange of experience and expertise on public policy in the field of culture.)

Context
The forums would be held in the context of the 40th Anniversary of EU-ASEAN Official Dialogue Relations. The purpose is to “reflect” on 40 years so far and to “look ahead” and discuss ideas for strengthening/upgrading EU-ASEAN relations.  Both forums would produce recommendations to be informally presented to the AEMM as a contribution to the Ministerial deliberations.
Objectives

 The objective of both forums is to discuss the topics of:

  1. Political and Security Issues
  2. Economy, trade, business exchanges
  3. People to people contacts

and to spark dialogue on how to build on the foundations of the ASEAN-EU Relationship to upgrade it and enhance cooperation. Both forums will provide a platform for leading thinkers of the EU and ASEAN to come together and develop recommendations to the main themes. Both forums should promote innovative approaches and initiatives for advancing EU-ASEAN relations.

The Young Leaders Forum in particular should work to advance the role of youth in EU-ASEAN decision making, and share knowledge on EU-ASEAN cooperation from a wide range of perspectives.

Hosts and co-organisors
Co-organised by European Union and ASEAN

Public Debate: EU-ASEAN Relations: the next forty years, 27 February 2018, 09.30-14.00

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(REGISTRATION CLOSED – For late registration, please contact EEAS-ASEAN-TEAM@eeas.europa.eu and loredanafossati@yahoo.com)

 

EU-ASEAN STRATEGIC THINKERS FORUM

PUBLIC DEBATE PROGRAMME

27 February 2018 (09.30-14.00)

 

EU-ASEAN relations: the next forty years

 

08.30-09.30: Registration

 

09.30-12.30: Public Debate

 

Session 1: ASEAN, Europe and a volatile world               

ASEAN and the European Union are similarly challenged by rapid geopolitical transformations and uncertainties over the future direction of US policy and the emergence of a more pro-active and self-confident China. Having just celebrated its golden jubilee, ASEAN is entering a critical new chapter in its quest for greater regional cooperation and integration amid expectations it will play a bigger and more relevant role in global affairs. The coming years will also test the EU’s unity, ambition and resolve in the face of Brexit as well as rising pressure from populists and difficult neighbours. ASEAN’s credibility over the coming years will be determined by its ability to move towards a truly integrated economic community but also by its skill in navigating the difficult US-China relationship and maintaining “ASEAN centrality” in the face of external pressures. Europe is equally challenged by changing US policies and must chart a new course for its relations with China as well as Russia, Turkey and Africa. Both ASEAN and the EU face the challenge of dealing with immigration and refugees and have a shared interest in the preservation of the rules-based international order and developing news norms for cyberspace.

  • What are ASEAN and Europe’s key economic and security interests and concerns in a changing regional and global environment?
  • Can ASEAN and the EU join ranks more forcefully on tackling global challenges including climate change, sustainable development and terrorism?
  • Are there key lessons that ASEAN and the EU share with each other on how to live and thrive in a changing world?
  • How are young people in ASEAN and the EU reacting to the rapid global transformations and how is this impacting on regional politics?

 

Session 2: Will EU-ASEAN relations still matter in forty years?

 

ASEAN-EU relations have grown and evolved steadily over the years, with both sides inter-acting on a range of economic, political and social issues. Meeting in Manila last August, ASEAN and EU ministers crafted an extensive and multi-faceted plan of action for a further upgrade of cooperation with a focus on bilateral ties, including security issues and connectivity, as well as on the wider global agenda including climate change, counter-terrorism and sustainable development. Ministers and the European Parliament have come out in favour of a resumption of negotiation on an EU-ASEAN free trade agreement. Contacts between ministers, policymakers, business leaders and civil society representatives are increasing.  It hasn’t always been plain-sailing, however. Differences over human rights and the application of EU standards in sectors such as palm oil and fisheries as well as the EU’s long-standing quest to become a permanent member of the East Asia Summit continue to cast a shadow over relations.

 

  • ASEAN-EU relations have shown a remarkable degree of resilience so far but will the relationship survive – and if it does will it still matter in forty years?
  • In a volatile world, what can the ASEAN and EU do better and/or differently to reinforce relations in the coming years?
  • Given their differences on key issues like human rights, can the EU and ASEAN forge a true strategic partnership and negotiate a free trade agreement?
  • What can be done to promote greater people-to-people contacts – especially among young people – in ASEAN and Europe?

 

12.30-14.00: Networking Lunch (all participants and young leaders are invited)

ASEM Senior Official Meeting, 3-4 May 2018, Zurich

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All delegates must be registered in advance, no later than 29 April 2018 and we ask that you please limit your delegation to two (2) participants.

After the registration will be closed on 29 April 2018, late registration shall be requested to event@eda.admin.ch

Venue
The retreat will be held at the:

Kameha Grand Zürich
Dufaux-Strasse 1
8152 Glattpark/Zürich, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 44 525 5000
Fax: +41 44 525 5005
http://www.kamehagrandzuerich.com

 

DISTANCES
Zurich Airport approx. 4 km
Zurich City center approx. 9 km
Travel Information
Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements for air travel, ground transportation, visas, and accommodation.
Visa and Passport Requirements
Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements with regard to travel documents (e.g. valid passports, visas, etc.). For more information, please contact the Swiss embassy in your country of residence (www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/reps.html). Should you require an invitation letter, please do not hesitate to contact us: event@eda.admin.ch .

Accommodation
The meeting host, Switzerland, has kindly arranged for a block of rooms for the nights between 2 – 5 May at retreat venue, Kameha Grand Zürich

Room rate per night (including breakfast and all taxes)
Classic Room – single use CHF 201.50

For reservations at special meeting prices, please click on this link: BOOKING LINK

Cancellation policy: free of charge if cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival
This block reservation with special rate expires on 13 April 2018. We recommend that participants book their rooms at their earliest convenience. After this deadline, the special rate will be subject to availability. They are not valid when booked through an online operator (such as Hotel.com, etc.). A valid credit card to guarantee the reservation is needed. Please contact the Hotel Kameha Grand Zürich directly with any questions you may have.

Transportation from/to Zurich Airport
Each participant is responsible for arranging his/her transportation between the airport and the hotel / meeting venue.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Chose tram line 10 [direction to Zurich Bahnhofplatz] or tram line 12 [direction to Zurich, Bahnhof Stettbach]. The station is located directly in front of the airport. Exit on the stop at “Glattpark”. Turn towards the Migros supermarket and you will see the Kameha to your left hand side. The Kameha Grand Zurich is approximately 100 metres away. The travel time is approximately 10 minutes.

BY SHUTTLE BUS:
The hotel Kameha Grand offers with their partner CHECK-IN all-ways, a regular shuttle service to and from Zurich Airport.

From Zurich Airport to Kameha Grand Zürich:
Every day, every 30 minutes from 6.30 am until 11.00 pm
The Check-in all-ways counter is located between Arrival 1 and Arrival 2. Alternatively you can reserve your shuttle in advance under +41 848 007 100.

From Kameha Grand Zürich to Zurich Airport:
Reservation please 2 hours in advance from 04.45 am until 10.00 pm

Costs:
1 person CHF 16.00 // 2 persons CHF 17.00 // 3 Persons CHF 18.00
(Each additional person is CHF 2.00 more)

BY TAXI
Regular taxi fare is approximately CHF 30 – 40
Transportation from other destinations in Switzerland
Please visit the website of the Swiss Federal Railways (www.sbb.ch/en/index.htm ) for timetable to “ZURICH AIRPORT” and follow the instructions above.

Working Language
The language is English. No interpretation will be provided.

Expenses
Participants will be responsible for all other trip-related costs (e.g. airfares, hotel, train, public transport etc.).

Internet
Free wireless access will be available throughout the retreat.

Dress Code
The dress code for this retreat is business attire

Electrical Appliances
The voltage in Switzerland is 230V/50 Hz. Switzerland uses type C (2-pin) and Type J (3-pin) plugs. (Type C 2-pin plugs also fit J sockets.)

Optional visit Program on Friday, 4 May 2018
The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs offers you an optional visit to the Chocolate Factory LINDT, right after the conference. You can subscribe for this visit on your main online registration form.

14h15 Bus transfer to the Lindt Factory

15h00 LINDT Swiss Chocolate Experience with Time for the LINDT Shop
– Surround movie
– 5 senses tasting with a LINDT Maître Chocolatier
– Buffet with 30+ LINDT Chocolate creations to taste
– Time at the LINDT Shop

16h30 Bus transfer back with stops at:
– Zurich City Center (arriving ~16h45)
– Hotel Kameha (arriving ~17h00)
– Zurich Airport (arriving ~17h15)

Optional private visit stay in Switzerland
We are pleased to inform you about the packages available for the retreat participants. They are listed below. Through the link, you can read the details and proceed with the booking directly with Switzerland Travel Center. It includes the transfer by train to the destination and one overnight.
Package 1: Zermatt with Glacier Express via Chur. (from CHF 300)
Package 2: Montreux with Goldenpass Line (from CHF 210)
Package 3: Lugano with Gotthard Panorama Express (from CHF 285)
Package 4: Jungfraujoch with overnight in Interlaken (from CHF 270)
These packages are not only a transfer to the destination. They offer the possibility to discover the beautiful landscape of Switzerland along the Panorama Routes on the way to the destination or on the way back. The suggested prices are for 2 days/1 night per person.

Contact Information / Emergencies
If you encounter any problems before or during the retreat, you may contact:

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Conference & Event Service
Ph. +41 58 465 81 57
Email: event@eda.admin.ch

The local number for all emergencies is 112.