Europe’s relationship with Asia and Africa has expanded beyond the traditional focus on development, trade, and security. Reflecting the changed geopolitical landscape and the increased global role of emerging economies, the focus of the EU and Friends of Europe is now also on Europe’s interaction with its global partners on climate change, connectivity and implementation of Agenda 2030. Our programmes and activities track these conversations – and foresee new ones – through publications and events that aim to make sense of our changing world.
Our Asia Programme, including the Europe-China Forum, looks at the political, economic and social facets of the ‘Asian century’ and provides a high-level platform for dialogue between policymakers, academics, civil society and business leaders. With interdependence between Asia and Europe set to grow even further, our ground-breaking work is contributing to a new interaction between the two regions and between the EU and individual countries including China, India, Japan and members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). We are also closely engaged in the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM).
Our work on international development issues is led by the Development Policy Forum (DPF), which was set up by Friends of Europe in partnership with development actors such as Germany’s Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Our membership has now expanded to also include ENI and The Coca-Cola Company. In a world distracted by myriad challenges, we aim to raise awareness of development issues and to encourage new ideas and recommendations for tackling global challenges. Through its activities and publications, the DPF encourages fresh thinking on issues such as digital and connectivity, women’s role in development as well as the role of the private sector in implementing Agenda 2030.