PRE-EVENT PRESS RELEASE – Training Series for the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR)
PRE-EVENT PRESS RELEASE
ASEAN INSTITUTE FOR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION
EVENT TO CULTIVATE MORE MEDIATORS IN ASEAN
The Permanent Mission of the Philippines to ASEAN, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), and Ateneo de Manila University, with the support of the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund, have teamed up to conduct a Training Series for the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR) entitled Mainstreaming Peace and Reconciliation in ASEAN.? The multi-year Training Series will kick-off its first leg on 21-22 February 2019 in Manila with the theme Approaches in Peace Processes and Peace Building in Southeast Asia and the Role of Mediators.
Around 80 experts, diplomats, peace practitioners, educators and representatives of civil society from ASEAN Member States will gather to discuss the challenges and best practices in mediation within a peace and reconciliation context. Among the distinguished roster of resource persons is Former Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda who will share his experiences as an international mediator during the peace processes between the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), as well as during the Aceh Peace Process.
Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN, Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso, notes that the holding of this event is timely, given the current national and international realities that shake the foundations of our hard-earned peace.? She highlights that the major inspiration for this Training Series is the fact that despite the myriad of potential conflicts that may erupt, ASEAN chooses to live in peace. Therefore it is fitting that ASEAN analyze how peace is made with a view to create more peace and reconciliation experts, especially in the area of mediation.
Kim Young-chae, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to ASEAN underscores that this event rightly promotes a Culture of Peace. He also said that, in the area of peace and reconciliation, much can be learned from the ASEAN story ? a group of diverse Member States that continue to live in peace despite so many challenges and diversities.
The event is being conducted under the auspices of the Jakarta-based ASEAN-IPR, led by Executive Director Rezlan Ishar Jenie. The Institute is mandated to be ASEANs primary institution for research activities on peace, conflict management and conflict resolution.? Succeeding legs of this Training Series will tackle the topics of Peace Mechanisms: Ceasefire, Security Arrangement in Conflict Areas (2nd leg) and Reintegration Experiences in Southeast Asia: Focus on Transitional Justice, Healing and Reconciliation Modes (3rd leg).