I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja
Executive Director of ASEAN-IPR
Welcoming Message From Executive Director
Warmest greetings! It is truly a great privilege for me to welcome you to the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliations Official Website.
Pursuant to the Institutes mandate and functions, the ASEAN-IPR strives to be a platform for all stakeholders to voice their interest and aspirations in contributing to the ASEAN community-building process.
Thus, it is our goal that this Website runs as one of the platforms for our engagement. An engagement that is active with exchange of ideas, dissemination of information, as well as discussion with insights and updates of what we are doing at the Institute.
Since the beginning of 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to halt, delay or even stop our activities. Notwithstanding, we as ASEAN citizens should be proud of our regions capability to stay cohesive, resilient, innovative and adaptable in the furtherance of our undertakings. Many of us have creatively adjusted our works and meetings through virtual/online platforms.
Consequently, the role of this Website has become increasingly significant as a place to meet, and continue our journey towards building and sustaining peace ? whether through our communities, for ASEAN, or even for the world at large ? in line with the growing number of this Websites visitors, as well as our followers/subscribers on social media platforms.
As the Website is designed for you, and to maximise our engagement with you, we welcome you to treat it as your own. The work on peace and reconciliation is not in vacuum, and is certainly not one that could be accomplished instantly, without support and involvement of all stakeholders. In this regard, we encourage you to share your thoughts, comments, ideas and even criticism ? through the available interactive features on the Website. What can we do better? What features in this Website should be included, enhanced or even changed?
These are the things that can help us fulfil our stated vision to serve as ASEANs 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.
I would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the government of Norway ? as one of ASEANs partners in contributing towards sustaining peace and security ? for supporting the development and maintenance of this Website.
Moreover, the ASEAN-IPR would not advance without the never-ending support and guidance of its Governing Council, Advisory Board as well as the ASEAN Women for Peace Registry.
My sincere acknowledgement also goes to the Secretariat Team for their commitment and hard work in bringing this Website into reality, and keeping it active and lively.
Last, and certainly not least, I would like to thank you for visiting and re-visiting this Website, as well as your continued support for our work and to the Institute.
The Secretariat Team will continue to build new features, bring in new contents, and update our activities regularly. Please also like, follow and/or subscribe to our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube & LinkedIn) for the whole maximum experience of the work of ASEAN-IPR.
I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja
Executive Director of 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.
The logo also displays the Institute's motto: "Forging and Fostering Peace". The movement of the colour grade on the motto, from a lighter blue to a more solid blue, represents the purpose and aspiration of the Institute's work: to solidify and nurture peace in the region.