Regional ‘Asia Democracy Network’ created in Seoul

October 30, 2013


(The Founding Assembly of the ‘Asia Democracy Network’ and the ‘3rd Seoul Democracy Forum’ held in Seoul, Korea .Photo: TPI)

The meeting held from 21 – 24 October 2013 in Seoul, South Korea, was attended by the over 80 civic leaders, democracy activists human rights defenders from all corners of Asia. The Asia Democracy Network [ADN] is a joint initiative of the Korean Democracy Network (KDN) which is composed of four democracy-related organizations, namely Korea Democracy Foundation (KDF), Korea Human Rights Foundation (KHRF), Center for Korean Women and Politics (CKWP) and East Asia Institute (EAI) in partnership with like-minded civil society organizations and institutions engaged in democracy promotion in Asia, including 15 Organizing Committee members for the ADN’s founding assembly.

The theme of the conference was “Challenges of Inclusive Democratization to Civil Society in Asia; Linking Democracy to Peace and Development” and following are the topics that the conference focused on:

-Peace Building, Development and Democracy in Asia
-Defending and Empowering Civil Society in Asia
-Strengthening Democratic Governance in Asia
-Civic and Democracy Education in Asia
-Poverty, Inequality and Democracy in Asia

The primary goal of ADN is to promote and consolidate democracy and democratic governance, making use of international cooperation and solidarity in the fields of information-sharing, capacity-building, research and advocacy, in particular through international engagement in inter-governmental processes and through action-oriented research on democracy. ADN aims to be a watchdog for a mature democracy in Asia. The conference was concluded with an educational field trip to the Demilitarized Zone.


via Tibetan NGOs attended Asia Democracy Network held in Seoul.


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