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Chairman Circle 2017 – 2

CC2 Flyers revised1“ASEAN and SDG4: Education and Disasters” 

The Human Development Forum Foundation (HDFF), a Thai Foundation focused on human security issues, is co-hosting a half-day forum with The Asia Foundation (TAF) to promote further understanding and awareness of ASEAN .

Our vision is to address the needs of communities in the framework of Human Security issues in order to create new opportunities to empower and strengthen the capacities of people. We seek to reach all levels of society from grassroots to top leaders.

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Speakers:

1.) “Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Assistance and Security – a widely overlook issue by Christopher Ankersen, Ph.D. Chief Security and Safety Section Bangkok, United Nations Department of Safety and Security Chief, Security and Safety Section.

2.) “Girls in Disaster – case study Philippines” by Benigno C. Balgos, Lecturer,  Development Studies Program, Ateneo de Manila.

3) “Giving Children a better chance to survive natural disasters – ASEAN Safe School Initiative -” by Nghia Trinh Trong, Regional Safe School Coordinator, Plan International Asia Regional Office.

Date: Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Time: 08:30 – 12:15

Location:   AETAS Hotel Lumpini, 1030 Thanon Rama IV, แขวง สี่แยกมหานาค Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120

AETAS is 130 meters away from MRT Lumpini Station  with  only 3 minutes walk head southeast from MRT station on  Rama 4 Rd (ถนน พระรามที่ 4) 

Event is free of all charge.  

Lunch and Coffee breaks included!

Download Registration Form Here.

Download Full Event Programme Here.

Questions or Concerns? Please direct your inquiry to info@hdff.org or hdff.isabelo@gmail.com

We Look Forward to Seeing You at The Forum! 

Chairman Circle Forum – 2017 – 3

“Challenges and Opportunities  for Girls’ Development

In ASEAN – case studies-” 

The Human Development Forum Foundation (HDFF), a Thai Foundation focused on human security issues, is co-hosting a half-day forum with The Asia Foundation (TAF) to promote further understanding and awareness of ASEAN .

Our vision is to address the needs of communities in the framework of Human Security issues in order to create new opportunities to empower and strengthen the capacities of people. We seek to reach all levels of society from grassroots to top leaders.

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Speakers:

1.) “Women and Girls in Conflict –  Kachin Perspective” by Daw Seng Raw Lahpai, Founder Metta Development Foundation (Myanmar)m Magsaysay Award Laureate 2013.

2.) “Children and Violence in Conflicts – In Thai Perspective” by Judge Suntariya Muanpawong, Research Judge/Secretary of the Environmental Research Judge/Secretary of the Environmental Division, Central Appeal Court Division, Central Appeal Court.

3) “Opportunities and challenges for girls’ development in Malaysia” by Lawyer Seh Lih Long, CEO & Co-Founder at MCCHR – Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights

Date: Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Time: 08:30 – 12:15

Location:   AETAS Hotel Lumpini, 1030 Thanon Rama IV, แขวง สี่แยกมหานาค Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120

AETAS is 130 meters away from MRT Lumpini Station  with  only 3 minutes walk head southeast from MRT station on  Rama 4 Rd (ถนน พระรามที่ 4) 

Event is free of all charge.  

Lunch and Coffee breaks included!

Download Registration Form Here.

Download Full Event Programme Here.

Questions or Concerns? Please direct your inquiry to info@hdff.org or hdff.isabelo@gmail.com

We Look Forward to Seeing You at The Forum! 

 

 

 

 

 

03 March 2017 – Chairman’s Circle

Chairman’s Circle Strategic Forum 2017

“ASEAN @ 50”

 

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Chairman Circle 2017

On March 03 2017,the Human Development Forum Foundation organized its first Chairman’s Circle Strategic Forum for the year 2017 with the theme of “ASEAN @ 50”, which was graciously sponsored by The Asia Foundation as previous events in the last four years. H.E. Mary Jo A. Bernardo – Aragon, the Philippine Ambassador to the Royal Kingdom of Thailand also participated in the event as well as some Deputy Head of Missions. About 50 interested participants from different Foreign Embassies, (I)NGO’s, UN agencies, and independent journalists both based in Thailand and abroad, joined the forum and also shared their own insights towards each respected topics that were given..

Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) at Chulalongkorn University, an ASEAN scholar with also more than two decades work experience as a journalist for The Nation, gave his topic as the 1st panelist: “Quo Vadis ASEAN? 50 years and what will come next?” and Mr. John Brandon, the Senior Director of The Asia Foundation’s International Relations Program, as well as being the Associate Director of the Washington, DC office, presented his topic “New US Presidency and ASEAN” as the 2nd panelist.

 “Quo Vadis ASEAN? 50 years and what will come now?”

by: Kavi Chongkittavorn

Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn presented on ASEAN @ 50, emphasizing on a list of topics that ASEAN must cope with. These include the following:
• Mapping a strategic vision for Southeast Asia with ASEAN at the center
• Quicker decisions in responding to crisis and emergencies
• Makingthe Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) a bidding document that goes beyond Southeast Asia
• Updating the ASEAN Charter
• Setting up a peace and security council to mitigate intra-ASEAN conflict
• Creating synergy of the ASEAN Vision 2015 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
In addition, Mr. Kavi noted that Thailand serves as a bridge between ASEANand China, whereas Singapore acts as official coordinator of ASEAN-China ties (2015-2018), thus these countries’ vital role of anchoring the United States’ strategic interests in ASEAN. These relations have led the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte to soften his approach towards China, adding up complete respect for legal and diplomatic processes in a peaceful settlement of the South China Sea dispute.He also stressed the need for the Philippine Chair to ensure ASEAN centrality.The Chair is a facilitator, driver of substance and policy initiatives, and needs to be proactive.

The Chair should also be effective – timely responds to urgent issues, actively promotes the interests and well being of ASEAN through representation,and strengthens closer ties with external partners. Mr. Kavi concluded by emphasizing that ASEAN @50 + more years to come will maintain ASEAN centrality, continue with community building, and complete Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and promote ASEAN as a peace-making organization, with ana im to win the Nobel Peace Prize by 2030. He stated that ASEAN will intensify engagement with major key powers, admitting the European Union (EU)and Canada as strategic partners, backing them as future East Asia Summit (EAS) members, and making possible new dialogue partners like Brazil, Turkey and Mexico.

“New US presidency and ASEAN”

by: John Brandon

Mr. John Brandon of The Asia Foundation mentioned the historical ties between ASEAN and the United States of America (U.S.), which began way back in 1977. In recent years the Obama administration showed interest not only in ASEAN as organization, but also increased their bilateral activities in South East Asia. Remarkable was the visit of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the ASEAN Secretariat – something that has never been done in the past 40 years.
The current US President Donald Trump is critical of the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP). Within four days in office he withdrew the U.S. from the TPP, saying that the members were not paying their fair share(mainly Japan and Korea).He criticized Obama’s policy to be part of the TPP. President Trump has been recommending dramatic cuts (Federal Budget) that is not only affecting ASEAN alone but also the UN and humanitarian organizations. With his famous slogan “AMERICA FIRST”Trump is trying to do erase Obama’s legacy.

ASEAN is worried thatthe U.S. wants to give China more power. However no one wants that to happen.
Mr. Brandon added that everyone must know that the U.S. constitution does not allow one person to reign supreme, but Trump is not yet appreciating the diffusion of power, because in his mind it is all about competition.

In closing, Mr. Brandon posed these questions and gave recommendations to the future relationship between the U.S. and ASEAN: if the relationship between the U.S. and ASEAN is deepened, will South East Asia and ASEAN trust Trump? Will Trump trust ASEAN? What is the major concern between South East Asia and President Trump? As ASEAN is at the moment only one community with multiple voices, Mr. Brandon recommended:

1. Agreement onthe U.S. interest to the region (why is the U.S. and ASEAN relationship neutrally beneficial), should be articulated in three minutes – which is the time President Trump gives for briefings
2. A common person to represent ASEAN- either a person knownfor, or someone who is familiar with the U.S. governmental system; but especially a person who can speak like (as) a businessman
3. A short document(one to two pages only)tocapture President Trump’s attention

Closing Remarks:

Mr. Kim McQuay of The Asia Foundation and Dr. Wilfried A. Herrmann Board Member of HDFF gave the closing remarks. Mr. Kim McQuay gave a summary of how the long-term friendship between HDFF and TAF began,as well aspointing out the success of the Chairman Circle events in the last four years. He was happy with the outcome of the series of events, which were all planned and managed to produce positive results in accordance to the vision, mission,and objectives of HDFF. These included increasing awareness of burning issues in the ASEAN and Thailand context, and promoting networking.
Dr. Wilfried A. Herrmann gave the background summary of the Chairman Circle,which started on 29 January 2011 and lasted until 19 March 2013,with 12 events sponsored by the IRPC and HDFF. The Chairman Circle then resumed on 28 May 2013 and continued until 03 March 2017, with 21 events supported by The Asia Foundation. About 1,200 participants attended the events held from 2011-2017 – these included international non-government organizations (INGOs), United Nations (UN) agencies, Thai government institutions, the diplomatic corps, Civil Society Organizations, and the corporate and public sectors.
In addition, the series of events had outstanding keynote speakers,e.g. the Ambassadors from Russia and Indonesia, former ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Magsaysay Award Winner 2013 “Daw LahpaiSeng Raw” (Myanmar) as well as high ranking officials from the UN,media representatives. These keynote speakers were complemented by a wide range of panelists from Thai government organizations, INGOs and the academic field. This led to about 150 recommendations of policies developed and distributed to advisors and policy makers.

 

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