Remarks of Executive Director of ASEAN-IPR at AURED IV

Remarks of Executive Director of ASEAN-IPR at AURED IV


AMB. REZLAN ISHAR JENIE, Executive Director of ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR)

ASEAN-UN Workshop: Regional Dialogue IV on Political-Security Cooperation (AURED IV): ASEAN-UN Cooperation on Women, Peace and Security – The Role of Women in the Prevention of Violent Extremism

6 – 7 December 2017 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Good Morning. Selamat Pagi.

H.E. Dato’ Seri Ramlan Ibrahim, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia, H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Miroslav Jena, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, United Nations Ms. Miwa Kato, Regional Director of UN Women Asia Pacific Excellencies, Distinguished Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen,

  1. First of all, please allow me to convey my sincere appreciation and highest regard to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, the ASEAN Secretariat, and the Malaysian Institute of Strategic and International Studies, as well as the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, UN Women and United Nations Development Programme, whose collaboration has brought together this Dialogue, in continuing the ASEAN-UN Track 1.5 partnership and cooperation.
  2. On that note, I especially would like to express my profound appreciation for inviting the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) to be a part of this eminent forum.

1.Remarks of ED of AIPR at the AURED IV: 6 December 2017 – DELIVERED

  1. After being launched by the Leaders in 2012, AIPR is entering a new phase following the appointment of its first Executive Director, where expectations are now laid out on the full operationalization of the Secretariat, and for the Institute to further fulfil its work in promoting peace and reconciliation in the region.

Distinguished Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen,

  1. The issue of womens roles in the prevention of violent extremism is indeed a relevant and timely issue, in the context of maintaining peace and stability in our region. Radicalisation has become somewhat viral in our region, especially with the use of social media to spread messages of hate and fear. In this regard, it has also become apparent that in many cases, whether in this region or in the world throughout, that women are not only victims of radicalisation and violent extremism, but have been placed in the drivers seat to support or even become part of violent extremist groups and ideologies.
  2. Moreover, given the multifaceted nature and multifactor of its causes, I would like to underscore the importance of a comprehensive approach in addressing violent extremism. Such approach, of course, includes the involvement of all relevant stakeholders, which, in addition to women should also involve youth, religious groups, and civil society in general.

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

  1. The SG of ASEAN has referred to the recent ASEAN Summit, the Leaders reiterated strong condemnation of violent extremism and terrorism in all forms and manifestations; and also adopted the Joint Statement on Promoting Women, Peace and Security in ASEAN which, among others calls to build the capacity of women as peace builders: either as mediators, negotiators and/or first responders at the regional, national and local levels.
  2. I would like to highlight in this context that the AIPR has focused some of its past activities in these issues. Among others, a Symposium on the Repercussion of Violent Extremism towards Moderates in 2015. And at the same year, we also conducted an ASEAN Workshop on Strengthening

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Womens Participation in Peace Processes, as well as a Symposium on the Plight of Women and Children in Conflict Situation.

Excellencies, Distinguished Participants,

  1. Pursuant to the objectives set forth for this Dialogue,
  2. AIPR commend and welcome the AURED IVs aim to provide recommendations on how the role of women in preventing violent extremism in the region could provide linkages to our work. b. As an ASEAN institution mandated for research activities on peace, conflict management and conflict resolution, AIPRs functions, among others, to undertake studies to promote gender mainstreaming in peace building, peace processes and conflict resolution. c. Such function has also been acknowledged in the ASEAN-UN Plan of Action (2016-2020) particularly under the Peace and Security action line. Therefore, I reiterate the timeliness of this Dialogue as a kick-start activity to put the plan into concrete actions, namely as a start of the AIPRs collaboration with the UN to fulfil its mandate and functions. d. In addition, the AIPR also works to develop a pool of experts from ASEAN Member States as resource persons to assist in conflict management and conflict resolution activities. e. Such function is also in line with the Workshops objective to explore the feasibility of setting up an ASEAN Womens Network on women, peace and security. f. To that end, AIPR is eager to learn from, and looks into the possibility to collaborate with ASEAN bodies and all stakeholders related to the issue.
  3. In closing, I look forward with enthusiasm, as the AIPR takes this opportunity to listen, observe and absorb, recommendations and inputs that discussions from this Dialogue will generate for the work of the AIPR, and for the AIPR to realise its part to the ASEAN Community as a whole.

Thank you very much.