The Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) seeks to promote better mutual understanding between the peoples of Asia and Europe through greater intellectual, cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the two regions.
Established in February 1997 by the members of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), ASEF is based in Singapore and reports to a Board of Governors appointed by the forty-eight ASEM partners. Each ASEM partner designates one Governor for a period of three years.
In 2008 the Asia Europe Foundation launched Culture360.org, a multi-disciplinary Asia-Europe cultural web portal that serves as a significant source of cultural information and virtual meeting space for the cultural community of the two regions.
The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)
The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an informal process of dialogue and co-operation that addresses political, economic and cultural issues, with the objective of strengthening the relationship between the two regions. The forty-eight ASEM partners appoint the Board of Governors that meets three times in two years. It reviews ASEF’s strategy and policies to ensure that these are aligned with the ASEM principles and priorities.
Slovenia in ASEM
Slovenia is a member of ASEM since 2004 and regulary attends the meetings of the ministers of culture. In 2010 the Slovene Ministry of Culture co-sponsored the workshop on intercultural dialogue and presented the Ljubljana Process as an example of good practice.
Projects and partnerhips
ASEF's activities range over conventions, symposiums, seminars, public lectures, youth camps, art competitions, performances, exhibitions, and other promotions. The Foundation is funded by contributions from member governments, including the Slovene Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education, Science and Sport), however the cost of many of its projects are shared by other institutions as well as by private corporations of ASEM countries.
The 53 ASEF members with about 700 partner organisations have completed to date over 650 projects directly involving more than 17,000 Asians and Europeans. ASEF always seeks to work in partnership with other institutions and private sector entities to ensure that its work is broad-based and spread as widely as possible throughout the ASEM countries: