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4th ASEM Outlook 2012

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
3-4 December 2012 Governance & Economy Department Governance & Human Rights
Sustainable Development
Public Health

Co-organised by ASEF and UNU-CRIS, the workshop provided a platform on which the findings of the ASEM Outlook Report and other cross-cutting issues of relevance to Asia and Europe can be discussed. The Workshop participants reviewed the Report and shared their feedback.

The event brought together around 15 young representatives from the public sector, the business sector, civil society organisations, the media, think tanks and the academe, who will conceivably play important roles in Asia-Europe relations 20-30 years in the future, to further explore emergent policy issues relevant to ASEM in the future.

The key objective of the project is to analyse the future of Asia-Europe relations and its implications on the ASEM process. The ASEM Outlook Report features quantitative indicators of the state of relations between Asia and Europe. These include statistics on demographics, migration patterns, trade and investment. Other qualitative factors are presented as well. This will take the form of a mapping of relevant institutions engaged in Asia-Europe relations, important treaties, regional groupings and frameworks for cooperation.
The Report contains an analysis of Megatrends – the great forces in societal development that will affect many areas for many years to come. Some trends that are explored include; declining birth rates & ageing populations; climate change & other environmental impacts; information & communication technology; shifting migration patterns as well as new security challenges & asymmetric conflicts.

It also draws from ASEF’s work on Scenario-building in four distinct fields: soft security & conflict management, environmental governance, public health & pandemic preparedness as well as economic & financial integration – areas in which international or inter-regional cooperation on outstanding issues is key to their successful resolution.

The scenarios, created through a multi-stakeholder, consultative process, do not predict what will actually happen but rather what could happen in the next 20 years, allowing for a free exploration of possible futures through an integration of multiple perspectives. Through this innovative approach, the Report presents an analysis of the opportunities and threats embedded in the set of three wildly diverging yet possible futures.

Having identified the changing role of non-state actors as a significant megatrend, the analysis includes an evaluation of the roles states, non-governmental organisations, the old and new media, businesses as well as regional & international bodies currently play. This is followed by an assessment of their evolving roles in the context of the three possible scenarios of the future.

Project Updates

  • ASEM Outlook Report published

    Published on 27 Nov 2012

    ASEM Outlook Report published

    With the recent Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM9) as a backdrop, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the United Nations University – Institute of Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) are organising the 4th ASEM Outlook Workshop. The workshop will explore emerging policy issues and assess future areas of cooperation within the ASEM dialogue process. The workshop takes place in Singapore (3-4 December 2012) bringing together a selected group of 20 emerging Asian and European experts from different organisations.

    For the first time in this series, an ASEM Outlook Report has been published in advance of the workshop. The ASEM Outlook Report serves as a key resource to better understand the forces influencing Asia-Europe relations today. The report imagines the possible impact of current policy decisions and provides innovative responses to help ensure greater economic, environmental and human prosperity.

    The two-volume publication examines both the status and future possibilities for Asia-Europe relations. Volume One of the report is comprised of two sections:

    The first section, “Facts and Figures”, compiles interesting data to better understand the current political and socio-economic conditions in both regions. It also displays the commonalities and differences between Asia and Europe. The section looks at statistics linked to a variety of policy areas, including economics, environment, information and communication technology, migration and labour, population, public health, research & development, and security and conflict.

    The second section, “Perceptions Matter! — Views from Asia and Europe”, explores the public, media and opinion leaders’ perceptions that the two regions hold for each other. This section draws from the findings of ASEF’s ‘EU through the Eyes of Asia’ and ‘Asia in the Eyes of Europe’ studies.

    Volume Two, “Foresight is 20/20” was developed through a series of multi-sector strategic foresight consultations conducted by ASEF. The volume presents an analysis of the opportunities and risks associated with three diverging yet possible future scenarios. It focuses on four critical sectors in Asia-Europe relations – soft security; environmental governance, economic and financial integration; and public health and pandemic preparedness.

    Click here to download the ASEM Outlook Report 2012 Vol 1 and Vol 2.

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  • The ASEM Outlook Workshop 2012 is the fourth in a series of workshops designed to examine the scope and depth of Asia-Europe relations. The 2012 workshop will explore emerging policy issues and assess future areas of cooperation through the ASEM dialogue.

    Taking place in Singapore (3-4 December 2012), the event will gather 20 young experts from various fields from ASEM countries. They will discuss the outcomes of the 9th ASEM Summit and the future of Asia-Europe relations in the context of the sectors within which they work.

    For the first time in the ASEM outlook series,  a comprehensive ASEM Outlook Report has been prepared. This publication has a unique foresight analysis from four key sectors namely - soft security, economic and financial integration, environmental governance, public health and pandemic preparedness. It contains recommendations to address the emerging global and regional challenges facing both regions.

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