The event is part of the annual series in the framework of the ASEM Sustainable Development Dialogue (the Danube-Mekong cooperation initiative), launched by Hungary upon consultations with ASEM partners in 2012. Bulgaria is a co-sponsor together with Austria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Viet Nam, Lao PDR, and Thailand.

Under the motto, “Destined to connect: 20 Years of Asia-Europe Meeting”, the 5th ASEM Sustainable Development Dialogue was organized as one of the events marking the 20th anniversary of ASEM in 2016.

The seminar was held at the Kaneff Center, University of Ruse.