On 26 and 27 May 2010, the Second ASEM Development Conference was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It was organized jointly by Indonesia and the European Commission as part of the preparations for the ASEM 8 Summit in Brussels (4-5.10.2010). EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, together with the Indonesian Minister of National Development Planning, Armida S. Alisjahbana, opened the conference which brought together no less than two hundred high-level participants from governmental, non-governmental and international organisations from Asia and Europe. Host country of ASEM 8 Belgium pronounced a closing statement, available in the appropriate section of this website.
True to the sub-heading ‘Towards an Asia-Europe Partnership for Sustainable Development’, the two-day conference addressed the challenges of development cooperation common to the ASEM partners. Distinguished keynote speakers addressed issues of climate change and low-carbon development, social cohesion and policy coherence. The ideas exchanged and the work carried out resulted in the Yogyakarta Statement of the Conference which you can find here. The key message from this conference is the desire, of Asian and European partners alike, to overcome the donor-recipient paradigm and to engage in innovative forms of cooperation and partnerships that involve the many willing actors in non-governmental as well as in governmental circles.