1. Critical assessment of human security framework (Plenary Session)

Analysis of cross cultural factors as well as socio-political context of human security; philosophy, interpretation and debates in specific Asian context as compared to general understanding; political and economic dimension, an interface with the mainstream development policy; impetus of human security policy, interplay or trade off between freedom from fear and from want.

Convener: Third World Studies Center, Uni. of Philippines

2. Technology, environments and natural/man-made disasters

Emerging environmental crises and impacts on the quality of life, preparation and management of environmental catastrophe, new threats and risks such as Tsunami, Bird Flu, climate change and floods, impact of new technology on food and health security.

Convener: M-Power

3. Human rights and security

The inter-relationship of human rights and human security, a rights-based approach to development, translation of human security into rights instruments.

Convener: Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University and the Human Rights Program, Mahidol University

4. Urban security

As urban areas expand, new threats to human security are posed. How is public security ensured in urban spaces throughout Asia. This panel would discuss the impacts on human security of slum dwellings, rapid migration, urban violence, vandalism and sabotage, reliance on technologies and growing global urban networks and other human security issues related to fast growing urban areas in

Convener: The Institute of Philippine Culture , Ateneo de Manila University

5. Human security in the context of violence and conflict

How is human security affected by violence and the State response to this violence through the prism of traditional security? Can a human security approach succeed where traditional security means have failed? This panel will explore the relationship between traditional security and human security in the context of violence conflict with possible highlight on the case of the South of Thailand.

Convener: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

6. Engendering human security

Is human security gendered? What are security risks faced by men and women in Asia and how is gender a factor in the response to those risks and threats. Possible areas of discussion are varied but could include migration and trafficking, violence and conflict, discrimination and stigma, private sphere vs work sphere, etc.

Convener: Gender and Development Studies, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

7. Displacements and Exploitative Migration

Exploring problems contributing to human insecurity; displacements and exploitative
migration, human trafficking, contradictions of modern development resulting in
massive cross-border migration, impacts of informalization and feminization caused by
selective immigration policies; the label of “illegal” migration and the implications
for the mixed targeting of global organized crimes and terrorists; internal displacements
from large-scale development projects as well as from violence and conflicts;
assessment of innovative policies, social movements and transnational networking.

Convener: Center for Asia and Pacific Partnership, Osaka University of Economics and Law

8. Rethinking rural development

Human security innovation in rural development, local initiatives, community rights, poverty and social disparities, development induced internally displaced people.

Convener: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India

9. Human security and democracy

Political deprivation as the primary impediment of human security, political responsiveness and accommodation of ethnic minorities and the underprivileged, governance, the role of civil society and public participation in policy advocacy and rights protection.

Convener: Pending

10. Human Security Education

The practice of Hunan Security should go beyond technocratic social engineering. It is imperative for us to broaden the horizon of human security by means of the expansion of formal and informal education about human security and sustainable development. Universities are expected to play a significant role in this regard. Networking of such initiatives shall be accelerated through the dialogue of educational institutions in Asia.

Convener: Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University

11. Post Graduate thesis seminar

This panel will provide a platform for graduate students in Asia to present their research findings on any possible topics in international development studies and social sciences regardless of its direct relevance to human security.  

Convener: Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University and the Human Rights Studies Program, Mahidol University