Towards an Asia-EU Partnership for Sustainable Development
The "ASEM Development Conference II – Towards an Asia-Europe Partnership for Sustainable Development", co-organised by the European Commission and the Government of Indonesia, took place in Yogyakarta (Indonesia) on 26-27 May 2010. At the event, more than 200 [165 KB] ASEM government representatives and major thinkers discussed the future of Asia-Europe cooperation for sustainable development, low-carbon development, as well as the role of social cohesion and policy coherence for development.
The event was concluded with the adoption of the Yogyakarta Statement [55 KB] , which will feed into the planned ASEM Public Conference on EU-Asia Inter-regional Relations (12-13 July 2010, Brussels) as well as contribute to the agenda of the ASEM8 Summit (4-5 October 2010, Brussels).
The specially published Background Study to the Second ASEM Development Conference [3 MB] also offers a wealth of information and analysis on the conference's main thematic focus points.
Please find in this section the latest information on the conference, including the conference programme and information on our speakers and chairs and the venue.
The conference was organised around four main panels examining the following topics: the future of development cooperation in Asia, climate change and low carbon development, and social cohesion and policy coherence for development.
The Conference agenda [372 KB] is also available to download in its latest version as of 14th May. For the most up-to-date information available, please refer to this webpage.
Background information on the speakers and chairs is available under the 'Speakers' tab.
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Upon arrival Registration of
participants on arrival at hotel
19:00 - 21:00 Welcome Reception
Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia and the European Commission
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
8:30 - 09:00 Registration
9:00 - 10:00 Opening Statements
Mr. Rezlan Ishar Jenie, Director General of Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia; Mr. Koos Richelle, Director General, EuropeAid Cooperation Office
10:00 - 11:00 Press Conference
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:30 Panel 1: The future of Asia-Europe Cooperation for Sustainable Development
Chair: Mr. Lukita Dinarsyah Tuwo, Vice Minister of National Development Planning, Indonesia
- Presentation: Simon Maxwell, Former Director, Overseas Development Institute, UK [2 MB]
Speakers and Panel Discussants:
- Ambassador Wang Xuexian, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China
- Mr. Sim Vireak, Assistant to the Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Cambodia
For some background information on the issues to be discussed during this panel, please consult the documents available in the Key Links section.
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Panel 2: Climate Change and Low Carbon Development
Chair: Dr. Leena Srivastava, Executive Director, The Energy and Resource Institute, India
For some background information on the issues discussed during this panel, you may consult the documents available in the Key Links section.
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30 Panel 3: The Contribution of Social Cohesion to Sustainable Development
Chair: Mr. Graham Meadows, Special Advisor to Commissioner László Andor and former EC Director General for Regional Policy
Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
Thursday, 27 May 2010
9:00 - 10:30 Panel 4: The Role of Policy Coherence in Sustainable Development
Chair: Mr. Torgny Holmgren, Deputy Director General, Development Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
For some background information on the issues discussed during this panel, you may consult the documents available in the Key Links section.
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 13:00 Closing session on draft statement
Mr. Koos Richelle, Director General, EuropeAid Cooperation Office;
Dian Wirengjurit, Director for Intra Regional Cooperation for America and Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia
- Discussion on draft final statement
- Closing ceremony
Final Statement: Yogyakarta Statement of the ASEM Development Conference II [55 KB]
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 17:30 Site visits - Local batik and silver craft workshops
Hosted by the Republic of Indonesia
Speakers and Chairs
Prof. Dr. Armida S. Alisjahbana
State Minister for National Development Planning
Headof National Development Planning Agency, Republic of Indonesia
Prof. Alisjahbana has held the position of State Minister of National Development Planning since October 2009. Born in Bandung, Indonesia on August 16th 1960, she has dedicated most of her life to academia with specialization in economics. After receiving her Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Indonesia in 1985, she continued to enhance her studies in the US where she earned her Master of Arts from Northwestern University and a PhD degree at the University of Washington. Prof. Armida started her career as a lecturer in the Faculty of Economics of the University of Padjajaran in Bandung. She was soon promoted to various important positions in the faculty including Head of the Department of Economics, Head of the Center for Population Research and Human Resources, Head of Research Laboratory and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. Prof. Armida’s research interests have been in the area of economics of education, labor economics and public economics. As a member of the International Advisory Board of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies and member of the Council Fellows of the East Asian Economic Association, her writing has been extensively published in national and international economic journals. Prior to her appointment as Minister, Prof. Armida was involved in various research projects and consultations to the United Nations Institute for Advanced Study in Tokyo, the World Bank, ADB, AusAID, the EC and ILO. She has also assumed various advisory roles to many government central agencies such as the Ministry of Finance, Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs, National Development Planning Agency and the Ministry of Manpower. Currently, besides her official duty as State Minister, Prof. Armida also holds the position of President of the Indonesian Regional Science Association
Commissioner Andris Piebalgs
Commissioner for Development, European Commission
Mr. Piebalgs was appointed the European Commissioner for Development in early 2010. After graduating in Physics from the University of Latvia in 1980, he began his career as a teacher and headmaster. In 1988 he moved to a government role at the Latvian Ministry of Education, eventually being appointed Minister in 1990. Mr. Piebalgs then served one year as a member of national parliament before taking on the role of Minister for Finance in 1994. His international career began in 1995, with his appointment as the Latvian Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia. A position as the Ambassador to the EU followed soon after in 1998, eventually leading him to join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Secretary of State, responsible for Latvia's relations with the EU. Joining the Commission in 2004, he worked as the Head of Cabinet for the first Latvian Commissioner Kalniete. As Commissioner for Energy from 2004-2009, Mr. Piebalgs was instrumental in propelling EU energy issues into the centre of EU policy-making. He enjoyed much recognition for his pioneering work in the area, receiving honours such as the Economist magazine’s "Eurocrat of the Year" title in 2007, and in 2009 "Diamond Prize" from the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Katowice (Poland) as well as the Energy Efficiency Global Forum’s Energy Efficiency Visionary Award.
Mr. Rezlan Ishar Jenie
Director General for Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia
Amb. Rezlan Ishar Jenie is the Director General for Multilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia. Prior to this position, he served as Indonesia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2004-2007). As the Director General for Multilateral Affairs, Mr. Jenie is responsible for overseeing Indonesia’s roles in various multilateral forums, i.e. the United Nations, the G-20, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Non Aligned Movement. He currently serves as the Chair of the Peace Committee on the Southern Philippines-Organization of Islamic Conference (PCSP-OIC) and as Indonesia’s Commissioner to the Developing Eight Countries (D-8).
Mr. Koos Richelle
Director General, EuropeAid Co-operation Office, European Commission
Mr. Richelle has been the Director General of EuropeAid Cooperation Office since 2003. Born in Bandung, Indonesia, he graduated in Dutch Constitutional and Public Law from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in 1972. He started his career with the Government of the Netherlands, where he worked for the Ministry of Education and Sciences from 1972 to 1981 in various functions. He was appointed the Director General of the Ministry of Welfare and Health in 1987, following a period working for the City of Leiden. In 1995, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Director-General for International Cooperation, where his portfolio included development cooperation and international cultural relations. From 2000–2001, Mr. Richelle served in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour as the Project Director-General for the Change Management in the field of Social Security. He started working with the European Commission in 2001, as Director General of DG Development.
Panel 1: the future of Asia-Europe Cooperation for Sustainable Development
Dr. Ir. Lukita Dinarsyah Tuwo, MA
Vice Minister of National Development Planning
Vice Chairman of National Development Planning Agency, Republic of Indonesia
Lukita Dinarsyah Tuwo has held the position of Vice Minister of National Development Planning since January 2010. Born in Bandung, Indonesia on September 25th 1961, Lukita has worked for most of his life at BAPPENAS. After receiving his Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from Bandung Institut of Technology in 1985, he continued his studies in the United States where he earned his Masters from Canderblit University, Nashville and a PhD degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, both in Economics. Lukita started his career as staff of Production Plan at Elida Gibbs Division PT Unilever Indonesia, where he worked for 2 years. He then joined BAPPENAS at the bureau for Macroeconomic Planning and Quantitative Study Affairs. He was soon promoted to various important positions within BAPPENAS including Director for Balance of Payment and International Economic Cooperation Affairs and the most recent, Deputy Minister of National Development Planning for Development Funding Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Vice Minister, Lukita was involved in various activities in the financial sector, such as Secretary of the Secretariat for Financial Sector Policy Committee and lecturer at the University of Indonesia for the Ph.D Program and at the University of Bina Nusantara for the Masters Program. At the moment, besides his official duty as Vice Minister, Lukita also holds the position of Commissioner and Chairman of the Renumeration Committee of the Permata Bank and Vice President Commissioner of PT. Tuban Pacific Petrochemical Indotama
Mr. Simon Maxwell
Senior Research Associate and Former Director, Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom
Mr. Maxwell was the Director of ODI from 1997-2009. He is an economist who began his career working overseas, first in Kenya and India for the UN Development Program, and then in Bolivia for the UK Overseas Development Administration. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MA in Development Economics from the University of Sussex. Before joining ODI, Mr. Maxwell spent 16 years at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, latterly as Programme Manager for Poverty, Food Security and the Environment. He has written extensively on poverty, food security, agricultural development and aid, and his current research interests also include development policy, linking relief and development, global governance and bridging research and policy. He was President of the Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland from 2001 - 2005 and was awarded a CBE in 2007, for services to international development. Mr. Maxwell is a forum fellow of the World Economic Forum.
Ms. Ol'ga Algayerová
State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Ms. Algayerová has served as the Slovak State Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2006. As a student of the University of Economics of Bratislava, she majored in International Trade, and later continued her education from 2004-2006 at the Open University Business School of London. From 1982 she worked as Deputy Director of the Commercial Department of Drevounia - Foreign Trade Company in Bratislava, going on in 1991 to become Head of Office in the Slovak Republic of the Czech Subsidiary of the Spanish company Compensacion y Comercio S.A.. Two years as the CEO of Transtrade, s.r.o followed until Ms. Algayerová joined Slovakofarma, a.s. in 1995. There she served variously as Head of the Export Division and Adviser to the Director General on Finances & Taxation, until in 2004 she took on the role of Head of the Export Division at Zentiva International, Hlohovec. Ms. Algayerová has varied linguistic skills, and is a speaker of English, German, Russian and Spanish.
Ambassador Wang Xuexian
Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China
Chinese Senior Official for ASEM
Ambassador Wang Xuexian is a seasoned diplomat. Born in Shandong Province of China in 1939, he started his career in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked in the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia from 1974 to 1980. In 1980, he joined the Department of International Organizations and Conferences of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working as Third Secretary, then Deputy Director. From 1982-1989 he took on various positions at the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations before rejoining the Ministry's Department of International Organizations and Conferences as Counselor and then Deputy Director General. In 1991 he achieved Ambassador ranking as the Chinese Consul General in Los Angeles. He worked there until 1994 when he took up the role of Deputy Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations. His career then took him to South Africa, serving as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the country from 1997-2001. He has been the Chinese Senior Official for ASEM since 2001. In addition to his duties at the Ministry, Ambassador Wang also currently serves as the Chinese Special Envoy for Afghan Affairs and a Member of the UN Committee Against Tort
Mr. Bertrand Fort
Advisor, General Directorate for Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France
Mr. Fort has been the Advisor at the General Directorate for Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships, Ministry of Foreign and European affairs of France since September 2008. He is a graduate of Economics from Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University, in Communication and Information from Paris II Assas and Sociology and Organisations from Science Po, Paris. Starting out as Assistant to a member of the French Parliament, he went on to become the Deputy-Counsellor for Press relations for the Defence Minister from 1989-1990. He was also a researcher on Asian topics and Defence Affairs at the Institut des Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS) and concurrently Communication Chief in the French Parliament (1991-1997). In June 1996, he went to a year-long sabbatical as a journalist through Asian and South American countries. He co-funded “L’Asie Magazine” from 1997 to 1998. In October 1998, Mr. Fort joined the staff of the Foreign Affairs Minister, M. Hubert Védrine, where he was the Counsellor for Political Affairs in charge of Parliamentarians (French and European) Relations, think-tanks and political foundations from 1998-2002. During this time, he was also post-graduate lecturer on International affairs at Science Po Paris and Lille. In 2002, he served on the delegation of Humanitarian Affairs as a Senior Advisor, where he also became Director of the Intellectual Exchange Department at the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) and launched several key programs (Asia Europe Dialogue of Cultures and Civilisations; Asia Europe Environment Forum; European Studies in Asia-EsiA). In February 2006, ASEF’s Board of Governors elected him Deputy Executive Director. At this post, he supervised all ASEF business including finance, human resource, program co-ordination, communication and represented ASEF to international forums and to Asian and European Governments.
Mr. Sim Vireak
Assistant to Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Cambodia
Mr. Vireak has held the position of Assistant to H.E. Mr. Ouch Borith, Secretary of State to the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, since August 2009. Some of his core tasks include preparing statements and talking points and conducting background research covering issues related to international organizations, the United Nations, human rights, climate change and the Cambodia-US bilateral relations. He spent seven years in Japan as a recipient of the Monbukagakusho Scholarship for Undergraduate & Graduate School, where he completed his studies in 2007 at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Law and Politics. Upon graduation, from 2007-2009 he served as the Japan Desk Officer at the Asia II Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, after coming out as the top scorer in the recruiting exam. He had also spent two months as the Deputy Leader of the Cambodian group at the 13th Batch of ASEAN Young Leader Training Program in Nanning, China. Along with his duties at the Ministry, Mr. Vireak currently works as a part-time Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations of Pannasastra University of Cambodia. He is a skilled linguist, speaking Khmer, English and Japanese fluently. He has recently finished the translation of his Master thesis from the original Japanese language into English, entitled “Japan-Cambodia Bilateral Relations—Loan Resumption in 1999 and Aid as Diplomatic Tool”.
Panel 2: Climate Change and Low Carbon Development
Dr. Leena Srivastava
Executive Director, The Energy and Resource Institute, India
Leena Srivastava is currently the Executive Director, TERI, New Delhi – an independent not-for-profit research institution working in the areas of energy, environment and sustainable development. In her 26+ years of experience at TERI she has worked on a range of issues covering energy and environment policy/planning, energy economics and climate change. Dr Srivastava held additional charge as Dean, Faculty of Policy and Planning, TERI University from June 2000 – June 2008. She has a PhD. in Energy Economics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India and has a number of publications to her credit. She is on the Editorial Boards of various international journals dealing with energy and environment issues. Dr Srivastava is a member of the Advisory Group on Energy and Climate of the UN Secretary General; Member, International Advisory Panel, Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Institute, Member, ESMAP Expert Panel on Sustainable Energy Supply, Poverty Reduction and Climate Change: an Independent Director on Reliance Infrastructure Ltd.; Member of the International Public Policy Advisory Board (IPPAB), The Coca Cola Company; Member, Board of Directors, Meridian Institute; Member of the Foresight Advisory Council of Suez Environment and Member, Council of Advisors for Fraunhofer India. She was a member of the Expert Committee to formulate India’s Energy Policy, Planning Commission, Government of India and Member, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India. She serves on the research advisory councils of various academic institutions of international repute. She was a Co-ordinating Lead Author for Working Group III of the Third Assessment Report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and cross-cutting theme Anchor on “Sustainable Development” for the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC
Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner
Director, German Development Institute
Dr. Messner has been the Director of the German Development Institute since 2003. He also currently serves as Vice Chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change to the German Federal Government and as Professor of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen. After completing his thesis in 1995 on international competitiveness and social governance at the Free University of Berlin, he worked as Academic Director of the Institute of Development and Peace at the University of Duisburg-Essen until 2003. Following a second thesis in 2002, he was appointed Adjunct Professor for Political Science at the Faculty of Economics and Social Science of the Free University of Berlin. In 2003, he joined the faculty at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich as Professor for International Political Economy. Dr. Messner has worked as a consultant for various bi- and multilateral agencies, including the EU, the German Foreign Ministry, the World Bank, the OECD and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. He is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and of the Center for International Development and Environmental Research at the Justus-Liebig University, Göttingen. He sits as a Member on the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development
Ms. Liana Bratasida
Assistant Minister, Global Environmental Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Indonesia
Ms. Bratasida was born in Bandung, Indonesia on 12 May 1951. She obtained her BSc in Entomology from the Bandung Institute of Technology, ITB (1971-1974), a Diploma of Environmental Science and Technology from the Hydraulic Engineering Delft, the Netherlands (1978-1979) and graduated with an M.Sc in Environmental Biology from the Bandung Institute of Technology, ITB (1985-1987). She started her career with the Ministry of Industry as a Researcher in the Cellulose Research Institute (1975 –1987), and in the Research and Development Agency of the Ministry of Industry (1987-1992). She was promoted to Director for Technical Development at the Indonesian Environmental Management Agency (1993-2000), an Executing Agency of the Ministry of Environment (MoE). She was then promoted to Deputy Minister for Environmental Conservation of the MoE (2002-2003) where she was very much involved in the multilateral environmental agreements. Since early 2004 until present, she has been assigned to the role of Assistant Minister for Global Environmental Affairs & International Cooperation in the MoE. The nature of her duties at present is more as a policymaker. She is also the Indonesian National Focal Point for Asia Pacific Network for Global Change (APN), and the Indonesian Chair of ASEAN Senior Officials on Environment (ASOEN), Chair person of ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities. She was a Board Member of ASEAN Peat Land Management Initiative (APMI) and Focal Point of Host Country Committee (HCC) of PCF, World Bank. At ASEAN level, she was a Chairperson of ASEAN Haze Technical task Force (2002-2004) and Chairperson of ASEAN Working Group on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (2005-2007). From 2004 until January 2009 she was the alternate member of CDM Executive Board, UNFCCC and Chair of Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), UNFCCC from December 2008 until December 2009. She is also a Board Member of ASIA PACIFIC Regional Centre on Cleaner Production (APRCP).
Panel 3: The Contribution of Social Cohesion to Sustainable Development
Mr. Graham Meadows
Former Director General, DG Regional Policy, European Commission
Mr. Meadows is Special Advisor to Commissioner László Andor, the member of the European Commission responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. He joined the Commission in 1975 as a member of the Agricultural Policy Unit of DG Agriculture. He was Advisor on agriculture, fisheries and environment to Commission President Thorn, going on to serve as Head of Cabinet to the Commissioner for Environment Policy, Nuclear Safety and Transport. After 1989 Mr. Meadows worked for the Directorate General of Regional Policy in a number of positions, where his portfolio included responsibility for the economic reconstruction of industrial and rural regions, directing policy in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Greece, and coordinating policy for the EU’s ultra-peripheral regions. He became Director General, responsible for the direction and management of European Regional Policy, in 2003, retiring from that post in 2006. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Special Advisor to Mr. Vladimir Spidla, the former European Commissioner for Social Policy. He is an Honorary Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning at the University of Cardiff and a Practitioner Fellow in the European Research Institute at the University of Sussex.
Prof. Rehman Sobhan
Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh
Prof. Rehman Sobhan is the founder and Chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh. After graduating from Cambridge University with an MA in Economics, Prof. Sobhan began his working career at the faculty of Economics of Dhaka University, retiring from the position of Professor of Economics in 1977. He has worked variously as the Chairman, Research Director, Director General and Emeritus Fellow of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, the Executive Director of the South Asian Centre for Policy Studies and as a Visiting Fellow at Oxford, Columbia and Harvard Universities. In 1991, he was a Member of the Advisory Council of the President of Bangladesh, in charge of the Ministry of Planning and the Economic Relations Division. In 1971, he was appointed Envoy Extraordinary with special responsibility for Economic Affairs by the Government of Bangladesh. He has worked as President of the Bangladesh Economic Association and has served as a Member of numerous distinguished bodies and committees, including the UN Committee for Development Planning, the Board of the United Nations University, Tokyo, the Commission for a New Asia and the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Grameen Bank. He is currently Chairman of the Pratichi Trust set up by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. Prof. Sobhan has published 27 books, 15 research monographs and 140 articles in professional journals. His latest work, Challenging the Injustice of Poverty: Agendas for Inclusive Development in South Asia, is under publication by Sage Publications.
Dr. Xiulan Zhang
Dean and Professor, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University, China
Prof. Xiulan Zhang is a Professor and Dean of the School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University, where she teaches public organisational theories, public finance, social problems and social policy in China, as well as research methods. She obtained her Ph.D in social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley, USA. Currently she is the national lead expert in social assistance, and a member of various academic advisory committees on the issue. She is the director of Social Safety Net Research Base of the Ministry of Education, the vice-president of the China Social Welfare Association (CSWA), as well as the vice-president of the National Social Policy Association in China and is on the Expert Committee of the State Council Urban Resident Health Insurance Evaluation Commission, China. She has conducted research projects in the areas of social protection, social safety nets, social welfare, community participation, urban and rural medical aid programs, long term care, poverty and illness, early child care and education, health care and housing issue of the migrant populations, child protection and child poverty. She has consulted to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, UK Department for International Development, the Ford Foundation, and other agencies
Panel 4: The role of Policy Coherence in Sustainable Development
Mr. Torgny Holmgren
Deputy Director General, Development Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
As Deputy Director-General and Head of Department for Development Policy at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Holmgren is responsible for the Swedish policy for global development, development assistance policies and research on global development issues. He is also Head Secretary (2002-2006) of the Expert Group on Development Issues (EGDI), an international group of researchers and policy-makers producing reports on global development topics. He is an economist from Stockholm School of Economics and has also worked at the Swedish Ministry of Finance. He worked at the World Bank in Washington DC 1995-2000, at the Board of Directors and in the Research Department. He managed and edited the book "Aid and Reform in Africa" and has also written about Country-led Partnership. He was vice chair of OECD Development Assistance Committee in 2001. In 2001-2002 he worked for the Parliamentary Commission on a new Swedish policy for global development. He has been active in international commissions like the Commission on Climate Change and Development, and the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor. He worked for Sida (Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency) in East Africa in the 1980s and has country experience from Africa, South East Asia and Eastern Europe
Dr. Dirk Willem te Velde
Head of Programmes, Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom
Dr. te Velde is the programme leader of the Investment and Growth Programme with the Overseas Development Institute. He has a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London. He has co-ordinated a large and influential study on the effects of the global financial crisis in 11 developing countries involving 50 developed and developing country researchers. He has advised donor agencies, parliaments and multilateral bodies on responses to the global financial crisis. Before that he led research teams providing policy advice on trade, growth and investment in sub-Saharan Africa (e.g. Malawi, Botswana), Asia (e.g. Cambodia) and the Caribbean, worked with business and NGOs, and on state-business relations for the Research Programme Consortium of Institutions and pro-poor growth. He has advised a wide variety of developing countries and UN agencies, as well as the World Bank and the European Commission. He has written and edited four books, 15 journal articles and 20 book chapters related to growth, trade and investment issues.
Mr. Nguyen Minh Vu
Deputy Director General, Policy Planning Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Viet Nam
Mr. Vu is currently the Deputy Director General of the Policy Planning Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam. After graduating in 1998 with a major in History of International Relations from the Institute of Foreign Relations in Viet Nam, he came out top for the entrance exam to the Foreign Ministry and began work there as a state interpreter. He went on to take up the position of Desk Officer at the Department for Multilateral Economic Cooperation and later became the Head of its Policy Planning Division. In 2002, he won a Chevening scholarship to attend a MSc course on the Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. From 2004 to 2007, he was seconded by the Government of Viet Nam to work at the APEC Secretariat in Singapore. There, he was appointed Programme Director of the APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance. Mr. Vu later served as Special Assistant to the APEC Secretariat's Executive Director in Singapore before joining the Policy Planning Department of the Foreign Ministry of Viet Nam in 2007. He is the co-author of numerous research papers and a number of books most notably one on Globalization and Viet Nam's International Economic Integration as well as a columnist for a number of newspapers and websites on international affairs and business governance.
Closing Session on Draft Statement
Mr. Dian Wirengjurit
Director of Intra-Regional Cooperation for America and Europe, Directorate General for America and Europe, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
Dian Wirengjurit received his bachelor degree in international relations from the University of Indonesia (1985) and his Masters degree from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia (1990). He entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986 and has held various positions including Deputy Director of General Affairs at the Directorate of European Affairs and Deputy Director of ASEM Affairs at the Directorate of Inter Regional Cooperation for America and Europe. Dian was first posted in the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, New York as Third Secretary for Political and Disarmament Affairs (1990-1994) and in the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, Geneva, as First Secretary (1997-2001) and then Minister Counsellor (2003-2007) for Political and Disarmament Affairs. Upon his return, Dian was appointed Director for Intra-Regional Affairs for America and Europe and has held this position up to this moment. He oversees the implementation of Indonesian foreign policy, particularly that pertaining to intraregional cooperation within the American and European Region, which includes ASEM, FEALAC, EU, and other regional cooperations. Dian has a passion for both photography and writing. His work on international security issues and disarmament affairs has been published in numerous Indonesian newspapers and journals. He has also written a book entitled “Zone of Peace and Nuclear Weapons Free Zone: Its Concept, History and Development”, published in 2
Ambassador Bertrand de Crombrugghe
ASEM Senior Official for Belgium and Head of Task Force ASEM VIII, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belgium
Mr. de Crombrugghe has been Belgium's ASEM Senior Official and Head of the ASEM VIII Task Force since 2009. Following his graduation in Belgium with a Licence in Law, he continued his studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, USA, where he received his Masters in International Relations in 1981. From 1982-1986, Mr. de Crombrugghe practised Law at the Brussels Bar. In 1988 he took up his first position with the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after completing a two-year diplomatic training programme. This assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Tunis was followed in 1989 by his appointment as First Secretary at the Belgian Embassy in Washington. Back in Europe from 1994-1999, he was responsible for transatlantic relations as the Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU. He worked as Advisor to the Director General for Transatlantic relations and multilateral trade negotiations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before joining the Cabinet of Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Louis Michel. From 2001-2003, Mr. de Crombrugghe served there as the Counsellor in charge of Common Foreign and Security Policy. He took up the role of the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the OSCE in 2003, where he worked until his appointment as Ambassador of Belgium to Moscow from 2008-2009.
Group photo EU Commissioner delivering his keynote speech
(L-r) Dian Wirengjurit & Koos Richelle Panel 1: Future of Cooperation for Sustainable Development
Almost 200 delegates attended the conference The EU Commissionner visits an exhibition
For the full collection of photos taken during the conference, please follow the links below:
- Welcome Cocktail Reception, 25th May
- Arrival of participants, 26th May
- Opening Statements, 26th May
- Panel One, 26th May
- Panel Two, 26th May
- Panel Three, 26th May
- Press conference, 26th May
- Panel Four, 27th May
- Closing Session on Yogyakarta Statement, 27th May
- Exhibition area
The European Commission's Audiovisual Service has published a short video clip, featuring extracts of the Opening Statements of Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and Prof. Dr. Armida Alisjahbana, Indonesian Minister of National Development Planning.
The Conference took place in the Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort & Spa, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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