10 ASEAN nations discuss cooperative work on human security

Friday, 05 September 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By  Urasin Khantaraphan

Representatives from 10 Southeast Asian countries outlined proposals for coordinated responses to natural disasters, migrant laborers and human trafficking at a National Defense Studies Institute workshop in Pattaya.

The Aug. 26 session at the A-One Royal Cruise hotel saw 23 officials from 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations discuss the role of ASEAN in “enhancing human security.”

Strategic Studies Centre director Pol. Maj. Chaianand Jankhananurak (right), chaired the event, shown here seated with Pol. Col. Apicsak Sombatcharoennon.Strategic Studies Centre director Pol. Maj. Chaianand Jankhananurak (right), chaired the event, shown here seated with Pol. Col. Apicsak Sombatcharoennon.

Defense-studies institute director Pol. Col. Wutthinun Leelayut opened the session, introducing Strategic Studies Centre director Pol. Maj. Chaianand Jankhananurak, who lectured on the role of alien workers in ASEAN.

The afternoon half of the seminar opened the floor to attendees from each of the 10 countries represented. They shared their opinions about cooperation and presented a joint working paper on an “integrated management approach to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.”

The Strategic Studies Center will submit the meeting’s conclusions to the Ministry of Defense for further discussion on creating cooperation. That report will be presented at the next ASEAN defense ministers meeting.

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