Rezlan Ishar Jenie
Executive Director of ASEAN-IPR
Welcome Remarks from the Executive Director
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the Official Website of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR).
We have designed this Website to be a dedicated, active and engaging platform for the spread and exchange of news, information, ideas and insights about our work here at the Institute.
More than that: we want it to be the meeting place of all stakeholders of peace and reconciliation—government officials and diplomats, academes, students and the youth, members of civil society organisations, business people, and everyone who desires peace to reign in the core of human life. We meet in this platform, this Website, so that we can journey together toward a vision of durable peace in our time.
Peace in our communities. Peace in our region. And peace in the world at large. We therefore encourage you to treat the ASEAN-IPR Website as your own. Please observe closely everything that we do to fulfil our stated mission: to serve as the hub of knowledge and skills, expertise, best practices and advocacy for conflict management, conflict resolution and the building of a culture of peace in the region and beyond.
Words of gratitude are due especially to the Members of the Governing Council and Advisory Board for their support and guidance, as well as the ASEAN-IPR Secretariat Team for the dedication and hard work in bringing this Website to life.
Moreover, I would also like to thank the government of Norway as an ASEAN partner in contributing towards the maintenance of peace and security, for their support in the development of this Website.
If you think we should do more, or if you think we should do better, do tell us and remind us so. Use the interactive features of the website to share with us your thoughts, your ideas. Share with us any information that you think may be useful.
We need every insights and suggestions, as the work for peace and reconciliation is a demanding and complicated endeavour. It well may be that until all the problems of the human condition are resolved—including poverty, scarcity of resources, ignorance, prejudice and the corruption of the human heart due to the dynamics of power—the goal of absolute and universal peace may prove to be an ever-receding horizon.
That does not diminish the validity of our mission. Every measure that we take, and every step that we make in the cause of peace is always worthy of our best creative efforts, because some measure of good will come out of it.
I therefore remain optimistic. With your involvement and with the support and help of all stakeholders, we hope to move forward more expeditiously and accomplish more in the worthy cause we are in.
And the more we accomplish, the more will our peoples in ASEAN enjoy the fruits of peace. That is our Credo in ASEAN-IPR.
ASEAN-IPR is ASEAN’s knowledge hub and centre of excellence in building capacity on conflict resolution and reconciliation and further strengthening peace-oriented values towards harmony, peace, security and stability in our region and beyond.
To serve as the ASEAN institution for research and capacity building activities on peace, conflict management and conflict resolution in the region as requested by ASEAN Member States. ASEAN-IPR shall support the strengthening of cooperation among research institutions, academic institutes, pooling of expertise, and disseminating information, as well as promoting knowledge and skills for sustainable regional peace and reconciliation.
ABOUT US: A HISTORY OF ASEAN-IPR IN BRIEF
The ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR) was established as an action line under Provision B.2.2 of the APSC Blueprint (2010-2015), which aims to strengthen research activities on peace, conflict management and conflict resolution.
At the 18th ASEAN Summit on 8 May 2011, the ASEAN Leaders adopted a Joint Statement on the Establishment of an ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. The Terms of Reference (TOR) of the ASEAN-IPR was adopted by the 45th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) in July 2012 and launched on 18 November 2012 by the ASEAN Leaders on the sides of the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The Institute is an ASEAN institution dedicated for research activities and supporting the ASEAN bodies on the issues of peace, reconciliation, conflict management and conflict resolution. The Institutes structure consists of the Governing Council, as the highest decision-making body of the Institute; the Advisory Board, which advises research priorities of the Institute; and, the Executive Director, which represents the Institute in all administrative and operational matters, as well as head of the Institutes Secretariat.
The TOR of the ASEAN-IPR also indicates that the Institute would operate in accordance with the ASEAN Charter, and guided by the principles of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), which includes:
- Respect for the independence, sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity and national identity of all ASEAN Member States;
- Shared commitment and collective responsibility in enhancing regional peace, security and prosperity; and,
- Non-interference in the internal affairs of ASEAN Member States.
On 1 February 2018, the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the ASEAN-IPR on Hosting and Granting Privileges and Immunities to the ASEAN-IPR (Host Country Agreement or HCA) was signed, witnessed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and the Chair of the Governing Council ? recognising the Institutes juridical and legal capacity under the law of the Republic of Indonesia.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established in 8 August 1967 with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Membership of the Association has been expanded with Brunei Darussalam (1984), Viet Nam (1995), Lao PDR and Myanmar (1997) and Cambodia (1999).
Amongst the aims of purposes of ASEAN, as set out in the ASEAN Declaration, are: (1) to accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region; (2) to promote regional peace and stability; and, (3) to promote active collaboration and mutual assistance on matters of common interest in the economic, social, cultural, technical, scientific and administrative fields.
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The ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR) logo is designed to represent the Institute’s mandate as well as its vision.
The dominant blue colour represents a peaceful and stable ASEAN. The dove and olive branch are symbols of peace, and the ten leaves in the olive branch represents ten (1) ASEAN Member States.
The wings of the dove is also shaped as a hand, that safely holds the ASEAN Emblem – as a gentle guard of ASEAN’s peace and stability.