Decent work is central to acknowledge human rights and dignity at the workplace. Recent years have seen a worldwide erosion of decent working conditions: low job security, poor wages, lack of social protection and union representation. Worldwide, among the most vulnerable workers are migrant workers.
18 Years of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM): A Briefer
At the heart of discussions regarding the possibilities of regional and global governance is the existing belief that there is a possibility for countries to find common points of intersection. The hope that countries can pursue social, economic and political development along the same lines as each other despite being separated by national, linguistic and cultural boundaries, it may be said, is what drives many states to establish cordial international relations amongst themselves. It is in this optimistic context, perhaps, that the establishment of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) has been envisioned and is continuously pursued, despite existing challenges and concerns to its fruition over the past two decades.
Most of you will remember the famous prophesy by Francis Fukyama, the US’s leading political intellectual, shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1992. He said: world history has reached its final destination with the end of the communist empire in 1989. What he meant was that it had become clear by then that history has nothing else in store for humankind as liberal democracy. Moreover, what he had in mind but did not speak out frankly was: democracy American type –libertarian democracy understood as elections plus free markets – is the ultimate solution of the riddle of human history, the riddle of how humans could best live together in each country and globally.