An Agenda for Peace, Stability and Prosperity for Northeast Asia

Ishikawa, Japan  4-6 June 2002

At this year’s “Kanazawa” conference, the Eighth UN Symposium on Northeast Asia, thirty six academics, NGO and government representatives examined the impact of terrorism and the overall security outlook in the northeast Asia region.

Informally dubbed “The Kanazawa Process”, the annual event is a vehicle for dialogue on the security situation in the Korean peninsula and beyond.

The UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific assists the United Nations Association of Japan in the organization of these annual meetings. The Director of the Centre, in his address, reviewed the current political environment.

“Terrorism,” he said, “has emerged as one of the most acute items on the political agenda of the international community.”

“In dealing with terrorism,” he continued, “we must address its root causes which include poverty, education, social and medical welfare, proliferation of small arms and light weapons, religious conflict, and failed governments, among others.”

The symposium adopted a roadmap for future discussions that included the following main themes: regional political issues, terrorism, the Korean peninsula, disarmament and Northeast Asia cooperation.