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Fourth Intellectual Dialogue on Building Asia's Tomorrow

Health and Human Security: Moving from Concept to Action

The Fourth Intellectual Dialogue on Building Asia's Tomorrow was held on March 16-17, 2002, in Kisarazu, Japan. It had been stressed at previous meetings that in order to further advance the international debate on human security, more practical policy discussions were required, and that this could best be accomplished by examining in-depth case studies of effective responses to specific human security threats. Accordingly, case studies were commissioned on one of the most serious and conspicuous human security challenges in East Asia: the lack of primary health care for the poor. These focused on Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and were presented for discussion before approximately 40 health and human security experts and other leading Asian public intellectuals who took part in the conference.