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III. Track III Meetings


  1. Political Party Strategies to Combat Corruption.
  2. Women's Action & Resource Initiative Gender Conference.
  3. Consultation on Health and Human Security.
  4. Consultative Forum for ASEM IV.
  5. The New Global Security Agenda: Prospects for Asia-Europe Cooperation.
  6. 6th Asia-Europe Young Leaders Symposium.
  7. 10th General Assembly and Conference of the ASEAN Confederation of Women's Organisations.
  8. Forum on Regional Strategic and Political Developments.
  9. The Bangkok Conference: Democracy and Security of the People in the Asia Region.
  10. ASEAN People's Assembly (APA) 2002.
  11. Asia-Europe Press Forum: One Year Later ... 911 Revisited: Challenges to Print Media.
  12. ASEM Youth Dialogue on Globalization.
  13. ASEM4people Conference.
  14. Workshop on Nation-Building Histories: Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
  15. Young Liberals and Democrats in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities.
  16. Bringing Children Home.
  17. Conference on Regional Systems for the Protection of Human Rights.
  18. 6th Disabled Peoples' International World Assembly.
  19. NGO Strategy Summit for Disarmament: Moving from What to How.
  20. Common Challenges for Liberals and Democrats in Asia and Europe
  21. The Regional Environmental Forum (REF) for Mainland Southeast Asia.
  22. Asian Civil Society Forum 2002.
  23. 5th Asian and Pacific Population Conference: NGO Forum.

    • Political Party Strategies to Combat Corruption. Bangkok, 14-16 January 2002. Co-sponsored by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (Washington) and the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats. Forty-nine participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, representing both ruling and opposition political parties, discussed the following topics: External Party Environment and Internal Party Reform: A Comparative Analysis of Asia and Europe; General Reform Measures and Financial Management; Building a Legislative Agenda for Reform; Identifying Problems of Corruption in the Party System and Needed Areas for Reform; and Obstacles to Implementation of Reforms, Strategies to Overcome Those Obstacles, and Lessons Learned. Funded by an NDI grant. Contact: fax: 202-728-5520, e-mail: contactndi@ndi.org, Web site: www.ndi.org.
    • Women's Action & Resource Initiative Gender Conference. Bangkok, 1-3 March 2002. Sixty-nine participants from Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam, representing NGOs, research institutes, governments and UN agencies, met to discuss issues such as Reproductive Health, Sustainable Development, Access to Resources, Trafficking, and Globalization and Factory Work as related to gender and development. Most participants were self-funded, although CIDA provided some technical assistance. Contact: fax: 662-997-7536; e-mail: Darunee Tantiwiramanond, concourse02@yahoo.com or wari9@yahoo.com; Web site: www.geocities.com/wari9/.
    • Consultation on Health and Human Security. Montreux, 22-23 April 2002. Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), academia, and public policy discussed the relationship between health and human security, why some health problems are human security threats, policy and operational implications of a human security perspective on global health, and added value from linking human security and health. Conference summary available at http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/gei/Text/Geneva_Consulation.pdf.
    • Consultative Forum for ASEM IV. Brussels, 6-7 May 2002. Co-organized by the Friedrich-Erbert-Stiftung and the European Institute for Asian Studies. Seventy-five participants, including representatives of the civil society, NGOs, academia and trade unions from 10 EU member states and China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam discussed the following topics: integrating a social dimension in the ASEM process with the participation of the civil society; ASEM and cultural/education exchanges, participated in by academics, research institutes, NGOs, the private sector and the media; civil society and the socio-economic and socio-political agenda; more effective dialogue on human rights, migration, refugees, transnational crime and illegal trafficking; the future of the ASEM process and the interregional cooperation of Asia and Europe; and the initiation of a social forum for ASEM. Funding from the European Commission. Contact: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Brussels, tel: 32-2-231-0489, fax: 32-2-230-7651, e-mail: fes@fesbrussels.org, Web site: http://www.fesbrussels.org, or the European Institute for Asian Studies, tel: 32 2-230-81-22, fax: 32 2-230-5402, e-mail: eas@eias.org, Web site: http://www. eias.org.
    • The New Global Security Agenda: Prospects for Asia-Europe Cooperation. Copenhagen, 27Ð 28 May 2002. Organized by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Singapore with the Danish Institute of International Affairs (DUPI) and the Institute for International Relations, Vietnam (IIR). Fifty participants from ASEM member partners in the fields of policy making, academia, NGOs and the media discussed transnational crimes and conflict; transnational financial crime and corruption; and prospects for cooperation under ASEM. Funding came from Denmark and the European Commission. Contact: ASEF, tel: 65- 6838 4700, fax: 65- 6838 4719, e-mail: info@asef.org, Web site: http://www.asef.org.
    • 6th Asia-Europe Young Leaders Symposium. Berlin, 23-28 June 2002. Organized by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Singapore, with the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Sixty-six young leaders and five observers from 21 ASEM partners represented various sectors---legislature, administration, academia, business, media and civil society. They discussed the impact of globalization on the nation state; common and new security challenges; the concept of maintaining a national identity within a multicultural society; the role and importance of small and medium-sized enterprises in a globalizing world; and the impact of globalization on the digital divide. Germany also launched its new Asia policy during the symposium. Proceedings were compiled into "AEYLS VI Summary of Conclusions" and submitted to ASEM IV Secretariat c/o the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark for consideration. Contact: ASEF, tel: 65- 6838 4700, fax: 65- 6838 4719, e-mail: info@asef.org, Web site: http:// www.asef.org/default.asp.
    • 10th General Assembly and Conference of the ASEAN Confederation of Women's Organisations. Singapore, 5-8 July 2002. Organized by the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations (SCWO). Member countries of ACWO are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Topics included trafficking in women and girls, and the economic, social and political empowerment of women. Contact: SCWO, tel: 65-8370611, fax: 65-8370081, e-mail : nc0087@cyberway.com.sg.
    • Forum on Regional Strategic and Political Developments. Singapore, 25 July 2002. Organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore. Speakers and participants were from ASEAN and ASEAN member countries. Contact: ISEAS, tel: 65-778-0955, fax: 65-775-6264, Web site: http://www.iseas.edu.sg.
    • The Bangkok Conference: Democracy and Security of the People in the Asia Region. Bangkok, 22-25 August 2002. Organized by Forum Asia, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram). The 40 participants included activists, human rights advocates, political and social scientists, trade unionists and academics from Asian countries. Discussions examined the concept of security and its relationship to democracy, the effect of national security legislation on NGOs and the people, and actions to be taken. Contact: TNI - Asia Programme, e-mail: asia@tni.org; Wilbert@tni.org or Forum Asia: info@forumasia.org, Web site: http://www.tni.org/asia/acts/bangkok.htm.
    • ASEAN People's Assembly (APA) 2002. Bali, 30 August-1 September 2002. This 2nd assembly was organized under the auspices of ASEAN-ISIS. Over 300 participants included academics, students, researchers, foundation representatives, NGOs and government officials. Attendees came from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, the US, Singapore, Laos, Vietnam, Australia, Taiwan, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cambodia, East Timor, Japan, India, Hungary and Sri Lanka. The theme of APA 2002 was " We the ASEAN Peoples and Our Challenges." M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, member of Parliament in Thailand, delivered the keynote address. The Assembly was divided into three plenary sessions with three panel discussions, which were then sub-divided into 10 topics. The themes for the plenary sessions were: Southeast Asia and the world after September 11; the case for and against globalization; and constructing an APA action plan. The ten sub-topics were: governance in NGOs; gender mainstreaming; religion and politics; health and human security: dealing with HIV-AIDS; corruption: transnational crime; the impact of global media on ASEAN societies; ASEAN's human rights score card; social conflict prevention; and information technology in the service of the people. Nguyen Phuong Binh, ASEAN-ISIS, gave the closing speech. Region-wide networks will eventually be developed by the participants and supported by an e-group. These groups will develop individual action plans. Funding came from Open Society Institute, Government of Japan, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Asia Foundation, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. Contact: Hadi Soesastro, CSIS, tel: 62-21-380-9637, fax: 62-21-384-7517, e-mail: hadi_s@acific.net.id or csis@csis.or.id.
    • Asia-Europe Press Forum: One Year Later ... 911 Revisited: Challenges to Print Media. Seoul, 8-10 September 2002. Organized by one of the major Korean newspapers, Joong Ang Ilbo, with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Asia-Europe Press Forum. Media practitioners from Europe, Japan, Korea and the US attended. Keynote speeches from Dr. Yoichi Funabashi of Asahi Shimbun as an Asian representative and Dr. Josef Joffe of Die Zeit as his European counterpart. Contact: ASEF, tel: 65- 6838 4700, fax: 65- 6838 4719; e-mail: info@asef.org, Web site: http:// www.asef.org/default.asp.
    • ASEM Youth Dialogue on Globalization. Hiller&oslashd, 19-22 September 2002. Co-organized by the Danish Youth Council and supported by the European Youth Forum and the Asian Youth Council. Sixty-three participants and observers from 24 ASEM countries discussed the theme: "A World Without Borders? An Asia-Europe Youth Response to Globalization." Topics covered included the challenges and opportunities of globalization; trends and new developments in economic globalization and its significance to state and non-state actors; and roots of social and cultural conflict with recommendations towards the resolution of conflicts. An ASEM Youth Statement on Globalization was submitted to HE Mr. Bertel Haarder, Danish minister for European Affairs. Contact: ASEF, tel: 65-6838 4700, fax: 65- 6838 4719, e-mail: info@asef.org, Web site: http:// www.asef.org/default.asp.
    • ASEM4people Conference. Copenhagen, 19-23 September 2002. Organized by the Asia Europe People's Forum (AEPF) and Danish NGOs on the occasion of the 4th Asia Europe Summit Meeting (ASEM), with funding from the Danish government. Six hundred participants from 30 countries across Asia and Europe attended, with heavy participation from Asia. Activities included a Burma Summit and workshops on social protection in Europe and Asia. Conference topics included globalization, security and rights; security after September 11th; and human rights in Burma. Other discussions included alternative banking, fair trade, food security, gender rights, conflict resolution and migration issues. Contact: CARE, Asem4people Secretariat, tel: 45-35-368-868, fax: 00-45-35-368-878, e-mail: asem4people@care.dk.
    • Workshop on Nation-Building Histories: Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Singapore, 23-24 September 2002. Organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore. Participants came from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Contact: ISEAS, tel: 65-778-0955, fax: 65-775-6264, Web site: http://www.iseas.edu.sg.
    • Young Liberals and Democrats in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities. Manila, 23-28 September 2002. Approximately 37 members of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats Young Leaders group from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand met to discuss the following topics: What is Liberalism?; The Involvement of Youth Organizations and Young People in Party Politics; Youth in Politics: Challenges and Opportunities in a United Europe; Terrorism: The Challenges and Responses in Selected Countries; and How to Deal with Terrorism: Striking a Balance between Security and Civil Liberties. Funding provided by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Contact: (CALD Secretariat), fax: 632-810-3189 (Philippines), e-mail: cald@info.org, Web site: www.cald.org.
    • Bringing Children Home. Colombo, 1-3 October 2002. Hosted by Save the Children. Over 180 participants from 11 countries participated, as practitioners, academics and professionals, or representing international and national organizations. The participants presented papers on different aspects of how children are affected by war, and made recommendations. Contact: tel: 00-94-1-672672/3/4, e-mail: office@scfsl.childalliance.org, Web site: http://www.savethechildren.lk.
    • Conference on Regional Systems for the Protection of Human Rights. Strasbourg, 6-12 October 2002. Sponsored by the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation. Participants came from ASEAN member countries and represented governments, national human rights institutions and NGOs. They adopted a Plan of Action on the initiative for the establishment of a regional human rights mechanism. The plan involves drafting a concept paper to be submitted to the governments of ASEAN, expressing the desirability of the adoption of an ASEAN Declaration on Human Rights and the establishment of an implementing mechanism. Participants also agreed to lobby for the establishment of a "South East Asian Center for Human Rights." The full text of the Plan of Action is available at http://www.fnf.org.ph/.
    • 6th Disabled Peoples' International World Assembly. Sapporo, 15-18 October 2002. 3000 participants attended, including representatives from the Landmine Survivors Network (LSN) and others active in the field of landmines and victim assistance. Discussion focused on the Mine-Ban Treaty development process and addressing the needs of landmine survivors. Web site: http://www.dpi.org/en/events/past_event.htm.
    • NGO Strategy Summit for Disarmament: Moving from What to How. New York, October 18-20 2002. Seventy-four participants, with Asian representation from the Japan Council against A & H Bombs, the Peace Depot, and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (Malaysia). The summit was held to develop strategies for coordinating NGOs working in disarmament. Web site: http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/1com/summit/summitindex.html.
    • Common Challenges for Liberals and Democrats in Asia and Europe, Seoul, October 30-1 November 2002. Meeting of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats. Fifty-one government and non-government members of liberal and democratic parties from Burma, Cambodia, the European Parliament, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand attended. Sessions included: Current Developments in the Korean Peninsula; Political, Economic and Social Trends in Asia and Challenges and Opportunities for Liberals and Democrats; Political, Economic and Social Trends in Europe; Multilateral Cooperation in Asia and Europe: Issues and Responses; and Strengthening Cooperation between Liberals and Democrats from Europe and Asia. Funding for the conference provided by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Contact: CALD Secretariat, fax: 632-810-3189 (Philippines), e-mail: cald@info.org, Web site: www.cald.org.
    • The Regional Environmental Forum (REF) for Mainland Southeast Asia. Phnom Penhü 14-15 November 2002. Held on the initiative of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP), the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). Thirty-five independent researchers and civil society advocates from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam discussed environmental governance challenges in the Mekong region. A compilation volume of papers from the REF will be available in early 2003. Contact: Kao Kim Hourn, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, e-mail: cicp@camnet.com.kh; Somrudee Nicro, Thailand Environment Institute, e-mail: somrudee@tei.or.th; or Mairi Dupar, World Resources Institute, e-mail: mairid@wri.org. Web site: http://www.ref-msea.org.
    • Asian Civil Society Forum 2002. Bangkok, 9-13 December. Organized by the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO). More than 500 participants attended, representing NGOs and UN organizations from 33 Asian countries. The theme was UN/NGO Partnerships for Democratic Governance: Building Capacities and Networks for Human Rights and Sustainable Development. An emphasis was placed on the Declaration and Agenda for Action of the NGO Millennium Forum and the following topics: the eradication of poverty, peace, security and development, globalization, human rights and the environment. Contact: tel : 41-22-917-1881-1969, fax: 41-22- 917-0373, e-mail: congo.gva@congo.org, Web site: http://www.acsf.net/lhc.htm.
    • 5th Asian and Pacific Population Conference: NGO Forum. Bangkok,11-17 December 2002. Approximately 50 NGOs from Asia participated to document lessons learned and to make recommendations to the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference. Topics included poverty and sustainable development, gender, environment, reproductive health, vulnerable persons, and government-NGO collaboration. Web site: http://www.unescap.org/pop/5appc/NGO_leaflet.pdf.