2018 has proven to be of dramatic historical significance for the Northeast Asian region, and particularly, for the Korean peninsula. In April 2018, the first inter-Korean Summit in eleven years was held, where the historic Panmunjom Declaration was signed. The Declaration commits the two countries to work together to end the conflict on the Korean peninsula and improve inter-Korean relations. These and other events have put inter-Korean peace on the global agenda, and provide a unique window of opportunity to expand and strengthen GPPAC Northeast Asia’s ongoing activities. For this reason, our members in Northeast Asia are focusing on expanding civil society dialogue, as well as a concentrated focus on capacity building in the region.
Highlights & results
- GPPAC process in Northeast Asia is a pioneering initiative aimed at forging and strengthening cross-border ties between civil society organisations. This is done through annual meetings, and improving communication channels with governments that may not traditionally be responsive to civil society initiatives.
- Establishment of the Ulaanbaatar Process (June 2015). This is a process run by civil society organisations that promotes regional dialogue (track II) and consolidates the role of civil society in the peacebuilding process on the Korean Peninsula and towards the development of a regional peace and security mechanism for Northeast Asia.
- Involvement in the launch of the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI) (August 2011), an institute that promotes peace in the region by creating space for peacebuilding and building cross-cultural networks.
“What Northeast Asia needs is not more heated rhetoric, stronger weapons, and more robust missile defence systems but rather a firm commitment to open and constructive dialogue. This is where GPPAC plays a critical role."