On 13 December, the next generation of leaders from Asia and Europe will meet in Brussels to discuss the global challenges both continents face.
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The Youth Summit will be opened by Jutta Urpilainen, EU Commissioner for International Partnerships; Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport of the Kingdom of Cambodia; Dato Lim Jock Hoi, ASEAN Secretary General and Qyira Yusri, Special Advisor on Youth to the European Commission.
During the plenary and breakout sessions, youth representatives will discuss the following themes
- democratic governance and basic rights in the EU and ASEAN
- security in the Indo-Pacific region
- the future of free trade agreements between EU-ASEAN and ASEAN Member States
- COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery: an EU-ASEAN health partnership
- how EU-ASEAN cooperation in mitigation and adaptation can support the Paris Agreement objectives and sustainable development
- EU-ASEAN People-to-People Connectivity (partnership in digitalisation, education, employment and cultural exchange)
Their findings will be shared with the leaders at the EU-ASEAN Commemorative Summit that will be held the next day, December 14, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the partnership between the two regional organisations.
2022 has been declared the“Year of Youth” both in the ASEAN region and in the EU, underlining the importance of youth in building a better, more sustainable, inclusive and peaceful future.
About the EU
The EU is the economic and political union of 27 Member States, with a population of 447 million. Together, the EU has built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development, while maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedom. In 2012, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the goals of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. The EU is the world's largest trading bloc and the world's largest source and destination of foreign direct investment. Collectively, the EU and its Member States are the largest donors of Official Development Assistance (ODA), providing more than half of ODA globally.
Find out more on the European Union External Action Service website.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on 8 August 1967 and comprises ten Member States: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. On 31 December 2015, the ASEAN Community was formally established. The ASEAN Secretariat is based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Find out more about ASEAN.
About EU-ASEAN relations
The EU and the ASEAN have been dialogue partners since 1977, with the shared values and principles of a rules-based international order, effective and sustainable multilateralism, as well as free and fair trade. Following the 23rd EU-ASEAN Ministerial meeting on 1 December 2020, the EU and ASEAN opened a new chapter in their longstanding relationship by becoming strategic partners.
2022 marks 45-years since the establishment of the EU-ASEAN Dialogue Relations and many events have been organised throughout the year to celebrate the partnership, including the ASEAN-EU Cultural Festival and the EU ASEAN Young Leaders Forum.
On 14 December, the first ever EU-ASEAN Summit will be held in Brussels.
Back-to-back to the summit, the following events will take place in Brussels
- Celebrating EU-ASEAN People-to-People Cooperation on Higher Education, 12 December
- The EU - ASEAN YOUTH Summit,13 December 2022
- The 10th ASEAN EU Business Summit, 13 December 2022