ASEM Day virtual celebration

(Source: EEAS)

To celebrate ASEM DAY, the European Union will host on March 1, 2022, the roundtable “Food in Diplomacy: a bridging tool between Europe and Asia”.

Food and culinary heritage have a unique place as historical, cultural, economic and social constructions. From working lunches to prestigious gala dinners, the table has often been integrated into an international diplomatic context to contribute to consensus and cross-cultural understanding. The table also serves as a source of prestige and influence, and it provides an opportunity to promote and valorize national culinary traditions, values and savoir-faire.

Traditional foodways and gastronomies involve chains of practices for both the preparation and the consumption of food. These practices are transmitted within a community, and their safeguarding and valorization are of great significance, beyond national prestige.

In this respect, civil society actors, and chefs in particular, play an important role as ambassadors and bridge-builders.


10:00 – 11:30 CET

Welcome and opening addresses by:

Marc Fiedrich, Acting Director and Head of Service, Service for Foreign Policy Instruments

Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director, European External Action Service (EEAS)


Gilles BRAGARD, General Secretary & Founder of Club des Chefs des Chefs

Tim CURTIS, Chief of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section of UNESCO

Emmanuel STROOBANT, Chef, Singapore

Ritu DALMIA, Chef, Delhi, India

The roundtable discussion will be moderated by Jan Melissen, Editor-in-Chief of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy

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The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is a unique, informal platform for political dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe launched in 1996. It brings together 53 partners, including 51 European and Asian countries, the European Union (EU), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat.

ASEM partners represent 65% of global GDP, 60% of the global population, 75% of global tourism and 68% of global trade. The ASEM Summit takes place every two years, alternating between locations in Asia and Europe, to set out the priorities for the partnership. Foreign Ministers’ Meetings are organised between the ASEM Summits. Besides the biennial ASEM Summit and the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, a plethora of other meetings between ministers and senior officials are held, covering the topics of education, culture, transport and migration

ASEM is not just a meeting of governments, political leaders and senior officials. It is a platform for the people of Europe and Asia to foster joint actions towards a common future. For over 25 years, ASEM has been the most comprehensive partnership between Asia and Europe, crossing hands across continents.

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