Burma/Myanmar has encountered many seemingly intractable problems since a new military government assumed power in 1988, opening the country to foreign economic investment and ending a quarter century of Burmese-style socialism. These problems, which were highlighted by the devastation and loss of life caused by Cyclone Nargis in May 2008, include the pressing need to improve public health, environmental protection and human security; to promote reconciliation between the government and the democratic opposition; and to peacefully develop an enduring sense of national unity among the country’s many ethnic groups. In addition, Burma/Myanmar is one of Southeast Asia’s poorest countries, despite its abundance of natural resources and arable land, highlighting the need for equitable economic development.
The goal of the conference is to promote awareness of the continuing social, economic and political crisis in the country through presentations given by experts from diverse backgrounds, including academia, journalism, medical services, religious organizations and international non-governmental organizations.
The conference sponsors and organizer intend to use the meeting as an opportunity to discuss ways in which the international community, including both governments and civil society groups, can respond effectively to natural and human crises inside Burma/ Myanmar and play an active role in its attainment of high levels of human security, prosperity and stability.
BRACIF 2009 International Conference
Day 1 (March 13, Fri): Human Security
- Session 1: Public Health, Resources & Ecology and Development
- Session 2: State Security, Free Press and Democratic Opportunities
- Session 3: Settlements, Human Security and the Role of the Sangha
Day 2 (March 14, Sat): Human Rights
- Session 4: Human Rights, Governance and Institutions
- Session 5: Internally Displaced People, Refugees and Regional Responses
- Session 6: Independence, Military and Ethnic Relations
- Special Session: Aung San Suu Kyi: Nobel Laureate for Peace
BRACIF2009 Public Forum
Day 3 (March 15, Sun): International Community
- Session 7: Media on Burma/Myanmar
- Session 8: From the Dimensions of NGOs
- Session 9: Role of Japan, International Cooperation and Global Civil Society
- Panel Discussion: Beyond Aid: Pushing the Limits
BRACIF2009 Post-Conference Workshop
March 17, Tue: Cultural Diversity and Inter-ethnic Relations
Seating capacity: 250 persons (first-come basis)
Language: conference & workshop – English; public forum – English & Japanese
Details of the program is shown in the PDF version BRACIF2009 leaflet.
For more information – Visit the homepage http://www.bracif.org/conf09/index.html