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Track 1

  1. Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)
  2. Second Meeting of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)
  3. Third Meeting of the PSI
  4. The WTO's Fifth Ministerial Conference
  5. Fourth Meeting of the PSI
  6. Fifth Meeting of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)

Track 2

  1. International Symposium - Terrorism and Empire
  2. Fourth U.S.-Japan Track II Meeting on Arms Control, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Verification
  3. "North Korean Nuclear Development and Security Issues in Northeast Asia"
  4. UNU Global Seminar - 19th Shonan Session - Will Human Security Supersede The State?-The Tasks Ahead
  5. Asia Pacific Summit 2003
  6. Freeing Burma: How can Asians help?
  7. "Engaging Korea: The Emergence of Nuclear North Korea"

Other

  1. World Social Forum (WSF)
  2. Gender and Southeast Asia - "Emerging Issues and New Challenges: Human and Resource Development in Southeast Asia including Transitional Societies of Indochina (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar)"
  3. UNU Global Seminar - Seoul Session - "Community Building in Northeast Asia: Challenges and Opportunities"
  4. World Peace Conference

Track 1

  1. Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)
    Madrid, June 12
    Attended by representatives of the following governments: Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, U.K. and U.S. The initiative was announced in Poland on May 31, 2003 by U.S. President Bush, is a response to the growing challenge posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), their delivery systems, and related materials worldwide. The outcome of this meeting was the Madrid Initiative, which proposed strategies for intercepting cargoes suspected of containing chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, or missile components. The above-mentioned 11 countries agreed to the initiative. Just prior to the signing, and believed to be in connection with the initiative, the U.S. interdicted a ship bound for North Korea, suspected of carrying chemicals for North Korea's weapons program, and Japan tightened its rules and increased its inspections of all North Korean ships calling in to Japanese ports.
    Web site: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/psi.htm
  2. Second Meeting of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)
    Brisbane, Australia, July 9-10
    Attended by representatives of the eleven governments who signed on to PSI. Members agreed to move quickly on direct, practical measures to impede the trafficking in weapons of mass destruction (WMD), missiles and related items. They stressed that the PSI is a global initiative with global reach. Shortly after this meeting several of the countries agreed separately with the U.S. to intercept North Korean ships suspected of carrying narcotics or weapons materials. Organized by the Australian Government.
    Web site: http://www.dfat.gov.au/globalissues/psi/
  3. Third Meeting of the PSI
    Paris, September 3-4
    Attended by all PSI member countries. Discussions led to the Statement of Interdiction Principles which members of PSI must commit to. The principles clearly identify concrete actions for interdicting shipments of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), their delivery systems and related materials by any state or non-state actor engaged in or supporting WMD proliferation programs, at any time and in any place, and that WMD is a global threat which calls for a global response. Participants also agreed to a series of maritime, air and land interdiction training exercises.
    Web site: http://2001-2009.state.gov/t/isn/rls/other/25425.htm
  4. The WTO's Fifth Ministerial Conference
    Cancun, Mexico, September 10-14
    Trade Ministers from WTO member countries failed to reach consensus on a number of trade issues - trade and investment, trade and competition policy, transparency in government procurement, trade facilitation. Participants were urged by the Director-General to reconsider their positions or risk that the deadlock would not end. Cambodia and Nepal acceded to the WTO.
    Web site: http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/min03_e/min03_e.htm
  5. Fourth Meeting of the PSI
    London, October 9-10
    Representatives from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, U.K. and U.S. met for the fourth time. Participants reported that more than 50 countries had expressed support for the Statement of Interdiction Principles issued in September but agreed that further outreach was required to ensure full understanding and cooperation. They agreed to continue interdiction exercises and that future exercises should integrate civil, military and law enforcement decision making.
    Web site: http://www.dfat.gov.au/globalissues/psi/
  6. Fifth Meeting of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)
    Washington DC, December 16-17
    The meeting involved operational experts, military officials, law enforcement officers and coast guard members from the 11 PSI signee countries and for the first time, additional participants from Canada, Denmark, Norway, Singapore, and Turkey. Discussions focused on ways to enhance the operational capability of PSI participants to undertake air, maritime and ground interdictions of WMD (weapons of mass destruction), their delivery systems, and related materials. Organized by the US Department of Defense.
    Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/terror/texts/03121822.htm

Track 2

  1. International Symposium - Terrorism and Empire
    Tokyo, January 25
    400 people attended a symposium led by scholars from Australia, Japan, Sweden and Wales. The speakers spoke about terrorism, U.S. foreign policy post-September 11 and a "new imperialism", and North Korea. Organized by the International Christian University Peace Research Institute. Contact email: icupri@icu.ac.jp
    Web site: http://subsite.icu.ac.jp/pri/E/news.html
  2. Fourth U.S.-Japan Track II Meeting on Arms Control, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Verification
    Washington D.C., March 27-28
    The 40 participants and observers from Japan and U.S. were diplomats, government officials, representatives of research institutes, defense academies and arms and security institutes. They discussed the U.S.-Japan alliance, the implications of missile defense, North Korea, and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and Asia. Organized by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Contact email: cns@miis.edu
    Web site: http://cns.miis.edu/pubs/dc/track2/4th/index.htm
  3. "North Korean Nuclear Development and Security Issues in Northeast Asia"
    Fukuoka, Japan, June 12
    250 civil servants, business people and members of the general public attended this meeting. Security experts from Korea and Japan discussed the current deadlock between the United States and North Korea and possibilities for breaking it, in a situation where the consequences of North Korean nuclear development for Northeast Asian security are grave. A Korean participant suggested that the North's buildup of weapons of mass destruction is for preservation of the state and that if the North was given economic aid and a guarantee of continuation of the state that the need for the weapons would disappear. Participants pushed for a peaceful resolution to the issue, however, there was general agreement that there is currently deep mistrust between U.S. and North Korea. Thus the cooperation of other regional powers is essential. Organized by the Asian-Pacific Center, Fukuoka. Contact Ms. Masako Matsuura, fax: +81-92-845-3330, email: masako-m@apc.or.jp
  4. UNU Global Seminar - 19th Shonan Session - Will Human Security Supersede The State?-The Tasks Ahead
    Kanagawa, Japan, September 1-5
    Japanese and foreign students studying in Japan gathered to discuss issues of human security, how civil society can operate in conflict regions, fostering entrepreneurship in poverty-stricken regions, the threat of terrorism and impacts on human security and the capacity of the UN in peace-building. Organized by the United Nations University and supported by the Japan Foundation for UNU. Contact email: gsshonan@hq.unu.edu
    Web site: http://www.unu.edu/hq/japanese/gs-j/gs2003j/shonan19/gs03shonan19-e.html
  5. Asia Pacific Summit 2003
    Toronto, October 7-8
    This summit brought together business leaders, government ministers, diplomats and trade officials from Canada, China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Taiwan, U.K. and U.S. and other Asia Pacific countries. The first day of the Summit was a focus on India, examining business opportunities and geopolitical issues, such as India's relations with Pakistan, China, U.S. and Southeast Asia. Discussions on day two of the summit focused on Asian investment, looking at the changing investment climate in key Asian markets as well as Asian investment in North America. Organized by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, in partnership with Canada-India Business Council and the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, and in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Contact the Asia Pacific Foundation, email: apsummit@asiapacific.ca
    Web site: http://www.asiapacific.ca/apsummit/apsummit03.cfm
  6. Freeing Burma: How can Asians help?
    Singapore, December 7 - cancelled
    Prominent democrats from Cambodia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore, including some currently serving in government, were to gather at a public forum in Singapore to discuss the political crisis in Myanmar and to explore ways in which Asians can take the lead in helping to bring democracy to the Burmese people. However, they were prevented from holding their meeting by the Singapore Government, which said that the topic was not in the public interest. They had planned to discuss Singapore's heavy investments in Myanmar. Instead the key individuals met in private and discussed the formation of a stronger united front on issues in Myanmar. Organized by Open Singapore Centre (OSC), Alliance for Reform and Democracy in Asia (ARDA), and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD). Contact OSC, fax: +65-6299-1020, email: opensing@singnet.com.sg
  7. "Engaging Korea: The Emergence of Nuclear North Korea"
    Santa Monica, U.S., December 10
    American and Korean experts, former diplomats and policymakers discussed North Korea's nuclear programs, the challenges it poses and possibilities for progress through the six party talks. They also discussed the North Korean internal situation, the response of neighboring countries in the region to the crisis on the Korean peninsula and the evolution of U.S. policy. Co-hosted by the Center for Asia Pacific Policy (CAPP), RAND and the Asia Society. Contact Nina Hachigian, Director, CAPP, email: Nina_Hachigian@rand.org
    Web site: http://www.rand.org/nsrd/capp/events/engaging.html

Other

    • World Social Forum (WSF)
      Port Alegre, Brazil, January 23-28
      More than 20,000 delegates representing more than 700 civil society organizations from 156 countries participated in the forum. When including the press, observers, professionals and activists, the total number of participants was 100,000. Discussions at the 2003 forum followed 5 basic themes: democratic sustainable development; principles and values, human rights, diversity and equality; media, culture and counter-hegemony; political power, civil society and democracy; and democratic world order, the fight against militarism and promoting peace. Organized by eight organizations make up the WSF Secretariat: Brazilian Association of Non-Government Organizations (Abong), Association for the Taxation of financial Transactions for the Aid of Citizens (Attac), Brazilian Justice and Peace Commission (CBJP), Brazilian Business Association for Citizenship (Cives), Central Workers Federation (CUT), Brazilian Institute for Social and Economic Studies (Ibase), Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) and Social Network for Justice and Human Rights. Contact email: fsm2003ci@uol.com.br
      Web site: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/home.asp
    • Gender and Southeast Asia - "Emerging Issues and New Challenges: Human and Resource Development in Southeast Asia including Transitional Societies of Indochina (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar)"
      Bangkok, March 15-16
      Attended by policymakers, women's organizations, NGO's, activists, researchers, donor agencies, gender focal points and academics. The conference included panels on women and civil society, women's economic activities in the informal sector, small and medium enterprises and the formal sector, and gender mainstreaming. Organized by Women's Action & Resource Initiative (WARI). Contact fax: +662-997-7279, email: concourse02@yahoo.com
      Web site: http://www.geocities.com/wari9/
    • UNU Global Seminar - Seoul Session - "Community Building in Northeast Asia: Challenges and Opportunities"
      Seoul, July 1-5
      80 university students from China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia. Participants attended a series of lectures followed by discussion sessions on various political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of regional integration and cooperation in Northeast Asia. Co-organized by the United Nations University and the Korean National Commission for UNESCO with support from the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development, Republic of Korea. Contact email: gsseoul@hq.unu.edu
      Web site: http://www.unesco.or.kr/unugs/program.html
    • World Peace Conference
      Hamburg, October 21-22
      Attended by approximately 500 international opinion leaders, politicians, experts, as well as former leaders of various countries throughout the world. Participants discussed world problems and aimed to propose concrete solutions for a more secure and stable world. They approached topics such as child soldiers and religious differences.
      Web site: http://www.world-peace-conference.com/