The two-day event has attracted more than 300
delegates, including 150 officials, scholars, researchers and experts from 21
CSCAP member countries.
The conference, which takes place in the wake of
the 19th ASEAN Summit and related meetings in Bali , Indonesia , is scheduled to
assess impacts of new developments in the regional security architecture on an
environment of peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region.
the opening session, Viet Nam â€™s Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan
emphasised the rising position of the Asia Pacific region, thanks to growth and
an environment of peace and stability, and also acknowledged underlying risks of
unrest for the region, including non-traditional security
Although regional countries have exerted efforts to build an
effective regional security architecture, the region does not have enough
appropriate cooperative mechanisms to cope with these challenges, he
In the morning session of Nov. 21, participants discussed measures
to cope with the threat of nuclear weapon proliferation in the context of rising
demand for nuclear energy use for peaceful purposes.
They also discussed
measures to ensure maritime security, including different aspects of building a
code of conduct in the region.
The CSCAP -- a semi-official security
organisation -- was established in 1993 with the aim of building confidence in
the region through consultancy, dialogue and cooperation.
organisation comprises 21 full members, including eight ASEAN member countries,
namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore,
Thailand and Viet Nam, Australia, Canada, China, the EU, India, Japan, the
Democratic Peopleâ€™s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Republic of Korea (RoK),
Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea. Russia and the US . /.