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UNU International Conference on
"The United Nations and South Asia"

International Conference at UN house
United Nations University, Tokyo
27-28 May 2002


Monday, 27 May 2002

Plenary Sessions
9:30-10:00 Welcoming remarks

Ramesh Thakur
Vice-Rector, United Nations University

Masahiro Imamura
Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Japan

10:00-10:30 Keynote addresses:

I.K. Gujral
Former Prime Minister of India

Sartaj Aziz
Former Foreign Minister and Finance Minister of Pakistan

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-13:00 Plenary speeches:

  • Poverty alleviation
    Hafiz Pasha
    Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP
         Shigeko Mori-Asher
         Nihon University

  • The future of nuclear weapons in South Asia
    Stephen P. Cohen
    The Brookings Institution
         Takako Hirose
         Daito Bunka University

  • SAARC as an institutional framework for cooperation in South Asia
    Nihal Rodrigo
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka,
    former Secretary-General of SAARC
         Pushpa Trivedi
         Indian Institute of Technology
13:00-14:30 Lunch

Working Group Sessions
14:30-16:00 WG 1: National security: inter-state conflict in South Asia
    Hiroichi Yamaguchi
    Bunkyo University
    Christophe Carle
    United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
    Lok Raj Baral
    Nepal Center for Contemporary Studies (NCCS)
    Niaz A. Naik
    Pakistan Security and Development Association

WG 2: Human security: children and gender issues
    Chair and Comments:
    Pema Gyalpo
    Center for South Asian Studies, Gifu Women's University
    Manzoor Ahmed
    Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh
    Santosh Mehrotra
    Innocenti Research Centre, UNICEF
    Rekha Datta
    Monmouth University
         Pema Gyalpo
         Tibet Culture Center International
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 WG 3: Governance
    Chair and Comments:
    Minoru Ouchi
    Shu Mei University
    Gautam Adhikari
    Asian Center for Democratic Governance, National Endowment
    for Democracy
    Devaki Jain
    Singamma Sreenivasan Foundation, India
    Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu
    Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Sri Lanka

WG 4: Critical links between environment and development
    Masatoshi Yoshino
    Environment and Sustainable Development Programme
    United Nations University
    Hari Srinivas
    Urban Environmental Management Unit, UN Environment
    Programme (UNEP), Japan
    Adeel Zafar
    Environment and Sustainable Development Programme,
    United Nations University
         Wakako Hironaka
         Member of House of Councillors
18:00-20:00 Open Reception
Tuesday, 28 May 2002

Working Group Sessions
09:30-11:00 WG 5: Insurgency and terrorism: problems, causes, solutions
    Chair and Comments:
    Hisashi Nakamura
    Ryukoku University
    Nasim Zehra
    Kingsley de Silva
    International Centre for Ethnic Studies,
          Hisashi Nakamura
         Ryukoku University

WG 6: Environmental security
    Akiko Yamanaka
    United Nations University
    Adil Najam
    Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston
    Ashok Swain
    Uppsala University Programme of International
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:00 WG 7: South Asian contributions to UN peacekeeping
    Yozo Yokota
    United Nations University Speakers:
    Lt.-Gen. Satish Nambiar
    United Service Institution of India
    Brig.-Gen. Syed Roomy
    Special Security Force, Bangladesh
    Brigadier Muhammad Asif
    Directorate General Headquarters, Pakistan

WG 8: Aid, trade and South Asian development
    Chair and Comments:
    Makoto Kojima
    Takushoku University Speakers:
    Teruyuki Tanabe
    Japan Bank for International Cooperation
    Farookh Sobhan
    Bangladesh Enterprise Institute
    Takeshi Hikihara
    Southwest Asia Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
         Makoto Kojima
         Takushoku University
13:00-14:30 Lunch

Plenary Sessions
14:30-15:30 India-Pakistan relations: ways forward
    Sakutaro Tanino
    Former Japanese Ambassador to India
    Samina Yasmeen
    School of Social and Cultural Studies,
    University of Western Australia
    G Parthasarathy
    Former Indian Ambassador to Pakistan
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 South Asia after Afghanistan
    Nobuhiko Suto
    Member of House of Representatives
    Samina Ahmed
    Pakistan/Afghanistan Office, International Crisis Group
    Mohammad Ayoob
    Michigan State University
    Amin Saikal
    Center for Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies,
    Australian National University
17:00-17:30 Closing remarks by the South Asian Ambassadors to Japan Quazi Abdul Quadir
Chargé d'affaires, Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

Aftab Seth
Ambassador, Embassy of India

Mohan K. Shresta
Chargé d'affaires, Royal Nepalese Embassy

Touqir Hussain
Ambassador, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Karunatilaka Amunugama
Ambassador, Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka