Topics

1.  Human Right, Conflict Prevention and Just Peace

In addressing the core issue of empowering culture of peace, it would be strategically generated by upholding preventive diplomacy through all means of peacemaking and peacekeeping activities. This is by considering that several Asia Pacific Countries experiences human right violations, intra-state conflicts and internal conflicts that may lead to deterioration of peace in the specific country or in the affected region. Given the fact that there is crucial nexus between violation of Human rights and conflict preventions, therefore such mitigations need to be wisely formulated. The role of public diplomacy will be the utmost important.

The further sub topics may includes:

  • Conflict Preventions
  • Intra-state Conflicts
  • Territorial Disputes
  • Maritime Issues
  • Internal Conflicts
  • Ethnic and Sectarian Conflicts
  • Human Right violations
  • Indigenous people
  • Minority studies
  • Mitigating conflict
  • Gender biased versus gender based empowerment
  • International Displaced People
  • Arts and Culture
  • Religion and Spirituality

2.  Combating Violent Extremism

As in many parts of the world still happening is the violent extremism that endangers the lives of human beings. The driven factors might possibly due to lack of social and economic opportunity, marginalization, discrimination, poor governance, violation of the Human Rights and Rule of Law, unresolved conflict and radicalization. Therefore, United Nation has formulated 7 priority areas namely dialogue and conflict prevention, strengthening good governance, Human Right and Rule of Law, engaging communities, empowering youth, gender equality and empowering women, education skill development and employment facilitation as well as strategic communication and Social Media.  From the UN point of view, each member state should consider developing national plan of action to prevent violent extremism. It should employ multidisciplinary manners, identifying driving factors of violent extremism and designing effective monitoring and evaluation mechanism.

The main theme in this segment may cover broaden discourse on peace and stability in Asia Pacific Countries such as:

  • Prevention of Extremism
  • Human Capital Losses
  • Institutional Structure and Policy Recommendation
  • Non Violence
  • Security Issues
  • Peace Education


3.  Sustainable Development and Human Security: Healthcare, Education, Workforce and Migration

Sustainable development is perceives as a concept encompassing very complex development issues that underpinning each other ranging from economic, social, manpower and environmental streams. Therefore, it needs and integrated planning in which it should be done by increasing leverage of synergy among all sectors. It should not be done as in business as usual scenario but it requires specific intervention design towards the targeted goals of it, but not limited to the above sector, also the intersections of the above. In this regards, it is aimed at discussing more on the proposed intervention design to enhance the achievement of Sustainable Development and securing human security of people especially in Asia Pacific Countries.

Possible topic may includes:

  • Migrant and Refugee
  • Illegal Migration and Human Security
  • Sustainable Citizenship
  • Citizenship and Education
  • Regional Disparities
  • Healthcare and Sustainable Development
  • Workforce and Demographic Bonus
  • Labor, Social and Economic Movement
  • Distribution of Natural Resources and Conflict
  • Gender Equality and Gender Equity
  • Social Welfare
  • Smart City

4. Democracy Advantage: Fostering Prosperity and Peace

Challenges in implementing Liberal democracy in Asia Pacific countries interlocking with their specific historical backdrops and nature have shown different path hat was suggested by the liberal democracy in the West. In bringing up issues faced by Asia Pacific countries in implementing democracy, some may encounter with rollbacks and discontents, some may see as progressive means for creating checks and balances towards political power and fostering the golden pathway to prosperity of the nation as well as engulfing peace in it.

The sub theme may includes:

  • Citizenship
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Accommodation of Right to Vote and Suffrage
  • Electoral Administration
  • Democracy Advantage
  • Millennial Citizen, New Media and Right to Vote
  • Equal Access to All
  • Community Engagement and Participations


5.  Open Government: Transparency, Proper Governance and Progressive Peace

Open Government promotes transparency and public participation in open policy as well as in budgetary process. It serves as a tool to fight corruption. By implementing the principle of Open Government, is embrace positive impulse of progressive peace and political stability. In line with the discourse of Open Government, it needs the involvement of all sectors, all actors namely government, civil society organization, by formulation of open policy, empowering groups within society to participate in the policy making process as well as to overseeing the implementation process so that there is monitoring and evaluation mechanism process institutionalized in the society.

The sub themes may include:

  • E-governance
  • E-democracy
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Theorizing Proper Governance
  • Combating Corruption
  • Maintaining Progressive Peace
  • Peace Journalism
  • Digital Ethics