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India-EU Forum: effective multilateralism

11 October 2010

The annual India-EU Forum on Effective Multilateralism took place in Brussels on 11 and 12 October 2010. The event was organised by the EUISS and the Indian Council for World Affairs (ICWA) of the Indian Ministry of External Relations with the support of the European Commission. India and the EU are the two largest democratic poles of the emerging multipolar world order and have forged a strategic partnership to address bilateral and global issues of common interest. The forum aims to enhance the multilateral external dimension of the partnership between the EU and India by facilitating an exchange of views between policymakers and experts from both Europe and the Indian sub-continent.

Key speakers at the forum included Jayant Prasad, Special Secretary (Public Diplomacy) of the Ministry of External Affairs of India and former Ambassador of India to Afghanistan, Helga Schmid, Director of the Policy Unit of the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU, Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary of India, former Special Envoy of Prime Minister on Climate Change and K. C. Singh, former Secretary (Economic relations) and former Co-ordinator for Counterterrorism of the Ministry of External Affairs of India.