BOOK: Human Security Now: Strengthening Policy Networks in Southeast Asia

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Human Security Now: Strengthening Policy Networks in Southeast Asia

Surichai Wun’gaeo


Publication date:
August 2004


This book is a collection of papers presented at the International Conference of Human Security Now: Strengthening Policy Networks in Southeast Asia organized by the advisory Board on Human Security and Centre for Social Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University on March 4-5, 2004 at Chulalongkorn University.

The participants who came from 10 countries in Asia, included academics, grassroots leaders, members of non-governmental organizations, government officials, journalists, foreign diplomats and U.N. officials. Among the issues discussed pertained to environmental concerns, food security, accessibility to health care, human trafficking and advancing the security of marginalized people.

New and challenging ideas were brought up and shared in extensive discussions which I hope will move forward in the near future. Human security is not an isolated concepts but is related to democracy, sustainable development, human rights, good governance and peace building. To face the challenges ahead in advancing human security, we need to work hand in hand in the regional as well at a global level.

As one of the organizers of this project, we would like to thank our co-organizers Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Committee on Social Development and Human Security, the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, Good Governance for Social Development and Environment Institute (GSEI), Thai Health Promotion Foundation, ActionAid Asia, Fredrich Naumann Stiftung (FNS), Peace and Culture Foundation and Social Venture Network Asia (SVN) for their unsolicited support.

We also want to express our extreme gratitude to the Advisory Board and the United Nations Office for Project Services for their support.