[EAI-ADN] Empowering Community of Democracies International Forum

November 24-25, 2014 – Seoul, Korea

The Asia Democracy Network in cooperation with the East Asia Institute held the Empowering the Community of Democracies (CD) International Forum in Seoul, Korea. Supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Korea distinguished activists and experts in various areas gathered to discuss key issues of human rights and democracy in Asia to empower the Community of Democracies in preparation for the 9th Ministerial CD Conference to be held in El Salvador in 2015.

The two day conference consisted of discussions on emerging challenges in the sectors of Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Education for Democracy,  Enabling and Protecting Civil Society, Transparency, and Election in Asia. The fruitful discussions provided for an action plan to enhance the effectiveness of international organizations such as the Community of Democracies.

With Asia rising as a competitive economic player and to take ownership of democracy in Asia, a model of democracy assistance foundation in Asia was the main topic of discussion for the second day. Participants from the European Endowment for Democracy, National Endowment for Democracy, and United Nations Democracy Fund shared their respective challenges and experiences offering lessons learned.

The forum concluded with the Seoul Proposal Action Plan being devised to empower international organizations like the CD to further representation of multi-stakeholders in Asia.

Check back to our website for the final version of the Seoul Proposal.

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Program

 

Monday November 24, 2014

 

09:00-9:30  Opening Session  
Opening Remarks
LEE Sook-Jong, President, EAI
Welcoming Remarks
SHIN Dong-ik, Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
Congratulatory Remarks
Maria Leissner, Secretary General, Community of Democracies
Introduction of Background and Agenda
Anselmo LEE, Co-Convener, Asia Democracy Network
 
09:30-10:40 Session 1 “Emerging Challenges to Democracy Promotion in Asia and Beyond”
Moderator
LEE Sook-Jong, President, EAI
Speakers
Maria Leissner, Secretary General, Community of Democracies
SHIN Dong-ik, Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
Roland RICH, Former Executive Head, United Nations Democracy Fund
Carl GERSHMAN, President, National Endowment for Democracy
Anselmo LEE, Co-Convener, Asia Democracy Network
10:40-11:00  Break
11:00-12:40 Session 2-A “Freedom of Opinion and Expression”
Moderator
Augusto (Gus) Miclat, Executive Director, Initiatives for International Dialogue
Speakers
Nirmala SHARMA, Executive President, Sancharika Samuha: Forum of Women Journalists & Communications
PARK Kyung-Sin, Associate Professor, Korea University
Discussants
Oliver SPENCER, Head of Asia Programme, Article 19
OH Byoung-il, Secretary General, YMCA Korea
Session 2-B. “Education for Democracy”
Moderator
SOH Chang-rok, Professor, Korea University
Speakers
CHUNG Utak, Director, Asia Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding
SHIN Hyung-sik, Director of Planning and Coordination, Korea Democracy Foundation & Secretary General, Asia Democracy Network
Discussant
OH Sun Young, Executive Secretary, Korea Human Rights Foundation
 

 

12:40-14:00
Luncheon

Speaker
YOO Ki June, Chairman, Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee, National Assembly, Republic of Korea

 

14:00-15:40 Session 3-A. “Elections”
Moderator
Jose (Chito) GASCON, Board Member, Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board, Republic of the Philippines
Speakers
Ichal SUPRIADI, Executive Director, Asian Network for Free Elections
KIM Jeong-Gon, Director, Association of World Election Bodies
CHO Sungdai, Professor, Hanshin University
Discussants
KANG WooJin, Professor, Kyungpook National University
George MATHEW, Chairman, Institute of Social SciencesSession 3-B. “Transparency”
Moderator
Nirmala SHARMA, Executive President, Sancharika Samuha: Forum of Women Journalists & Communications
Speakers
Tur-Od LKHAGVAJAV, Executive Director, Transparency International – Mongolia
John SULLIVAN, Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprise
JEON Jin Han, Director, The Center for Freedom of Information and Transparent Society
Discussant
YOON Cheol Han, Director, Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice

 

 

15:40-16:00
Break
16:00-17:40
Session 4. “Enabling and Protecting Civil Society”
Moderator
Ichal SUPRIADI, Executive Director, Asian Network for Free Elections
Speakers
Oliver SPENCER, Head of Asia Programme, Article 19
KONG Suk-Ki, Professor, Seoul National University Asia Center
Discussant
BAEK Buhm-Suk, Associate Professor, Kyunghee University
Tuesday November 25, 2014
09:30-10:50 Special Session 1. “Experience of Democracy Assistance Foundation”
Moderator
LEE Sook-Jong, President, East Asia Institute
Speakers
Carl GERSHMAN, President, National Endowment for Democracy
Ivan DOHERTY, Director of Political Party Programs, National Democratic Institute
John SULLIVAN, Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprise
Roland RICH, Former Executive Head, United Nations Democracy Fund
Jerzy POMIANOWSKI, Executive Director, European Endowment for Democracy
 

 

10:50-11:00 Break
11:00-12:20 Special Session 2. “Seeking a New Model of Democracy Assistance Foundation”
Moderator
Anselmo LEE, Co-Convener, Asia Democracy Network
Speakers
George MATHEW, Chairman, Institute of Social Sciences
Jose (Chito) GASCON, Board Member, Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board, Republic of the Philippines
Tur-Od LKHAGVAJAV, Executive Director, Transparency International – Mongolia
LEE Jung Ok, Professor, Catholic University of Daegu
12:30-14:00 Luncheon

Speaker
PARK Heong-joon, Secretary General, National Assembly, Republic of Korea

 

14:30-16:00 Special Session 3. “CD Governance and Effectiveness”
Moderator
Roland RICH, Former Executive Head, United Nations Democracy Fund
Speakers
Paul GRAHAM, Steering Committee Member, CD International Steering Committee of the NGO Process
Daniel SLOMKA, Communications Officer, Community of Democracies
Augusto (Gus) MICLAT, Executive Director, Initiatives for International Dialogue
George MATHEW, Chairman, Institute of Social Sciences
Discussant
LEE Jung Ok, Professor, Catholic University of Daegu
16:00-16:20 Break
16:20-17:30 Concluding Session. “Seoul Proposal for CD Ministerial Conference in El Salvador”
Moderator
Anselmo LEE, Co-Convener, Asia Democracy Network