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Second Intellectual Dialogue on Building Asia's Tomorrow

Promoting Sustainable Development and Human Security

The Second Intellectual Dialogue on Building Asia's Tomorrow was held on July 12-13, 1999, in Singapore on the theme of "Promoting Sustainable Development and Human Security." As the recent financial crisis cruelly exposed, economic growth in many countries of East Asia has been pursued in an unbalanced fashion without commensurate political and social development or due regard for the environment. This imbalance requires serious attention if it is to be redressed and future economic growth is to be sustained over the long term. Although this task poses enormous challenges, not least for the countries hardest hit by the crisis, an important opportunity now presents itself to step back and rethink the underlying human security requirements for sustainable development in the region.

Some 50 intellectuals from ASEAN countries, China, South Korea, and the United States assembled with the goal of generating practical policy recommendations. On the first day, participants assessed key issues in the emerging debate on sustainable development and human security in Asia, seeking to identify the relevant needs and potential problems and to indicate where feasible solutions might lie. The second day focused on the role that global and regional institutions, as well as civil society in general, can play in promoting sustainable develepment and human security. A lecture was given by Professor Amartya K. Sen, 1998 Nobel Prize winner in economics. The conference report will be published in both English and Japanese in the fall of 1999.