Jakarta (01/07)– On 27 June 2016, the Human Rights Resource Centre (HRRC) hosted a Dialogue Forum with representatives of ASEAN to present the findings from a civil society consultation held in May in Bangkok: Introduction to ASEAN Community 2025: Engaging a Wider Stakeholdership in Enhancing Regional Peace and Security, That two-day consultation aimed to explore the potential roles and contributions of faith-based groups to the ASEAN 2025 Blueprints.
Since he stopped using chemicals over three-decades, Supit Oamnapa is now renowned for his ecological farming system—an innovative work that has brought him a national award in rice production in Thailand. But it was on this day that his work would be regionally, or even globally, recognised. With help from a trainer, Supit set up his first social media account — Facebook.
The event, he said, was definitely an eye-opener. Having no background in public policy, Kim Soon Tan had little knowledge on how ASEAN policies are made—like most of ASEAN nationals at the outer circle. Some may think that, as ASEAN is a regional institution, its member states cooperatively resolve their problems.
The ASEAN Foundation is calling all ASEAN university students between the ages of 18 and 25 and faculty members to be part of the ASEAN Community building process by registering for the “Second ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting 2016” or 2nd AFMAM 2016.
Bangkok (31/05)—As an interconnected community of nations, ASEAN aspires to build a united, peaceful, and prosperous region. Building on the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community 2009-2015, the Association in November 2015 issued blueprints to define, up to 2025, the characteristics, elements and the strategic measures required to achieve the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).
Yangon (18/06) - Few know that puppetry in Southeast Asia has existed since thousands of years ago in many forms and for various purposes. The marionette style of Burmese puppetry, water puppetry from Vietnam, the ancient Indonesian art of shadow play or "Wayang Kulit" are among the rich cultural heritage of puppetry in the region.
Jakarta, 24 May 2016—The Human Rights Resource Center, with the support of the ASEAN Foundation, the Japan-ASEAN Solidarity Fund, Bahá’í International Community, East West Center, WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice, and Universitas Indonesia will convene a civil society consultation to engage faith-based groups on the goals set out in the ASEAN 2025 Blueprints.
Following a series of successful ASEAN Puppet Exchange projects across Southeast Asia, over 20 puppet artists and musicians from the ASEAN Puppet Exchange (APEX) collective will be in Yangon, Myanmar from 9 – 16 May 2016 to begin work on a One ASEAN puppet performance. Artist to artist workshops for ASEAN’s arts and culture development will be held at the Laurel Art Academy, organised by local puppet troupe Htwe Oo Myanmar. Puppeteers and musicians from Brunei, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Singapore, and Viet Nam will come together to join Myanmar’s artists to develop the first of three combined puppet and music performances this year. The remaining ASEAN Member States will be involved in the second and third performances in 2016. Two showings from the APEX visit will be held at 6.30pm on the 12th of May and 6.30pm on 15th May at Laurel Art Academy’s hall.
It started quite clumsy as no one really knew each other when they arrived at Kasetsart University (KU) Home Hotel on 27 March 2016. But toward the end of the study tour, the ASEAN Learning Route on Agricultural Cooperatives (ALRAC) has successfully forged friendships, solidarity and most importantly, a common understanding among ASEAN farmers and government officials on what needs to be done for ASEAN farmers to be able to relish a slice of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Pie.