The Asia Pacific Centre for Responsibility to Protect (APR2P) 2018 flagship events

14 Dec 2018

The Asia Pacific Centre for Responsibility to Protect (APR2P) 2018 flagship events were successfully held in Bangkok in August with over 90 attendees regional and global attendees participating.

Photo acknowledgement: DFAT/ Jon Philp

The APR2P organised the first ever regional youth summit on youth leadership in atrocity prevention with 29 youth leaders representing 9 countries from across the region. Six University of Queensland students participated in the meeting in a variety of roles from logistics to meeting rapporteur. The youth meeting concluded with the youth leaders developing a statement of commitment and agreeing to continue to work on the issue. The youth meeting was followed by the second meeting of the Asia Pacific Partnership for Atrocity Prevention with new partners joining including; Belun (Timor Leste), Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia, Stateless Network Asia Pacific (SNAP), and the Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN). This partnership under the leadership of the APR2P has grown from 14 to 19 member organisations in the last 12 months.

A high level meeting “Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Atrocity Prevention in the Asia Pacific” featured keynotes from Professor Gareth Evans and Dr Noeleen Heyzer, former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations. The meeting provided an opportunity for leaders, experts, and practitioners in the field of atrocity prevention to share insights on the progress made and the challenges still to be confronted, and to chart a course for the future by de-vising practical steps forward for strengthening regional cooperation in the Asia Pacific region.

A highlight of the Bangkok meetings was the Inaugural Dr Surin Pitsuwan Oration delivered by Dr Marty Natalegawa the former foreign minister of Indonesia ( 2009- 2014)  and currently, inter alia, serves as a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Advisory Board on Mediation and on the United Nations President of the General Assembly’s Team of External Advisors. The oration was attended by Ambassadors of Australia, Indonesia, Singapore and Timor Leste, the former foreign ministers of Thailand, H.E. Kasit Piromya and Australia, the Honourable Professor Gareth Evans alongside members of the Surin Pitsuwan family.

Dr Surin who served as the Thai Foreign Minister in the 1990s and then as Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from 2008-2012 was a Patron of the Asia Pacific Centre for R2P. The oration has been established in recognition of Dr Surin’s regional leadership, tireless advocacy for R2P and his commitment to regional cooperation, democracy and humanism.

Photo acknowledgement: DFAT/Catherine Hesse-Swain