|The 8th International Conference on North Korean Human Rights & Refugees: Chatham House, London|
INVITATION to NEW APPROACHES NORTH KOREA
The 8th International Conference on North Korean Human Rights and Refugees
January 22, 2008
Chatham House, London
North Korea New Approaches, 8th International Conference on North Korean Human
Rights and Refugees is designed with an aim of building a platform for discussion for
all the parties involved in the issue:
- to listen and to learn from different approaches,
- to exchange experiences around the world in order to construce well-balanced policies
and strategies to deal with the DPRK, whether they are conducted on
governmental or non-governmental level.
Organizers: Chatham House - The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Citizens' Alliance
for North Korean Human Rights, Rafto Foundation for Human Rights and Korea University
GSIS would like to warmly invite you to take part in transforming ideas into action by
participating in our Conference.
We view our meeting as a medium-sized platform where experts, politicians, NGO activists,
aid donors, businessmen and concerned government representatives would exchange
information and opinion on the most challenging topics regarding North Korea's human rights
issues placed in a broad perspective.
The partners recognize the need to encourage innovative dialogue by engaging professionals
and organizations from different fields of science, media, trade, the arts and sports. Also,
bringing in actors who are not primarily engaged in human rights issues is certainly
meaningful in building bridges to find comprehensive and sustainable solutions to
the challenges ahead.
We aime to focus on the following issues:
1. Changing Perceptions in North Korea
Understanding North Korea and its internal situation is a starting point for further discussion
on how to overcome problems with communication on more complicated issues that require
opening a channel for a dialogue.
2. North Korea's Path to Development
Development projects, investments and humanitarian assistance all have impact on
socio-economic rights and are important aspects of understanding the process of transition
in North Korea. Such discussion opens the window for ideas on comprehensive
development strategies that would benefit all strata of the society.
3. Helsinki Process in Northeast Asia?
A security paradigm shift on the Korean Peninsula could bring a new opening of
innovative channels for projects on different levels. There is a need for a
permanent regional body or a parallel track that would include discussion within
three pillars: Security, Sustainable Development and Human Rights.
Note: Please find the Agenda for the Conference on the Q&A Board of this section. Thank you.
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