ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Foreign ministers of Europe and Asia met today for the first day of the 13th ASEM Foreign ministers meeting, taking place in Na Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on 20-21 November.
"In times of great change for the world, our cooperation on global affairs is more important than ever. In these times of global change, we increasingly look to Asia as a natural partner. We, as European Union, want to make this partnership stronger."
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Head of the EU delegation
Foreign ministers discussed how to address key challenges affecting both continents. They held two plenary sessions, the first one on "Synergizing peace and sustainable development" and the second on "3rd decade of ASEM, making ASEM partnership more dynamic and connected."
Many ministers referred to security, terrorism, climate change, sustainable development and migration as key global challenges. They underlined that cooperation and connectivity are essential in order to tackle them effectively. They noted the important contribution that the ASEM forum could bring in this regard.
In the margins
Special meeting on the situation in the Rakhine State
Ahead of the ASEM Foreign Ministers’ meeting, European and Asian Foreign Ministers attended a meeting on the situation in the Rakhine State, presided by the State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The meeting was an opportunity to exchange views on the latest developments in the region and on the efforts of the government of Myanmar to ensure the safe and dignified return of those who have fled their homes, in close cooperation with Bangladesh. The humanitarian situation, and the importance of ensuring access to all aid workers was also discussed.
Youth event : 8th model ASEM
In parallel to the meeting, a group of 150 young representatives from all ASEM countries are participating in a simulation of the ASEM negotiations. Two of their representatives were invited to present their views in the opening ceremony of the Foreign ministers meeting.
In the margins, the High Representative Federica Mogherini met and exchanged with them on key issues such as migration, democracy and trade.
About the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)
The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was established in 1996 as a forum for dialogue and cooperation between Europe and Asia. It aims to strengthen the relationship between the two continents.
ASEM brings together 53 partners, including the EU, 30 European countries (28 EU member states, Norway, Switzerland), 21 Asian countries, and the ASEAN Secretariat.
The ASEM summit is organised every two years, in Asia and in Europe alternatively, to set out the priorities of the partnership. Ministerial meetings are organised in between the ASEM summits, including one meeting of Foreign Affairs ministers.