Northeast Asia is the only region in the world in which state-level Cold-War structures remain. The nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula confronts the region with a fundamental challenge to dismantle those structures. NGOs working for peace in the region have proposed various policy changes for denuclearization, disarmament, confidence building and conflict prevention. By reviewing such efforts, including those through such processes as the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and NGO involvement in preparation for the UN Millennium plus 5 Summit to be held in September, my presentation aims at surveying civil society initiatives to achieve a mechanism for sustainable peace in Northeast Asia, and more broadly in Asia Pacific region. Particular focus will be put on the significance of Japan's Peace Constitution, including its Article 9, in regional and international contexts.
|Akira KAWASAKI||Akira Kawasaki is a member of Executive Committe of Peace Boat, and a coordinator of its Global University program. He is also a coordinator of Northeast Asia Regional Process of Global Partnership for the Preveniton of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).|
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