At the 11th ASEM Summit held on 15-16 July 2016, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, ASEM leaders decided to designate an ASEM Day, "Asia meets Europe/Europe meets Asia Day" and recommended celebrating it annually on 1 March or any other day during the first week of March as appropriate, with a view to underlining ASEM's importance and raising its visibility.
A statement released by the Spokesperson of the European External Action Service (EEAS) highlights the significance of the celebration: "Today is the very first edition of ASEM Day. It celebrates the importance of connecting Europe and Asia in all areas, based on the principles of equal partnership, mutual respect and mutual benefits of the ASEM dialogue."
"ASEM plays a vital role as ideas laboratory and dialogue framework, representing 60% of the world's population, 60% of global GDP and 60% of global trade," they added.
Read the full statement here.
Photo: (c) European Council President