Concept and Programme of Work

General concept of GPPAC1 North-East Asia meeting in Ulaanbaatar: ( 24-26 May, 2007 )

As of 21 May 2007

Goal: Provide opportunity for GPPAC International Steering Group (ISG) member to up-date on GPPAC global activities, for all NEA Regional Steering Group members and through them all Northeast Asia focal points to exchange information and up-date on each others’ activities on implementation of the decisions of Global and Regional Action Agenda, as well as of NEA Regional Strategic Plan Priorities for 2006-2010, adopted in March 2006 and take additional appropriate measures for their fuller implementation; Follow-up on the Civil Society’s call on the Six-Party Talks adopted in New York on 20 July, 2005, in which GPPAC-NEA declared its intention to launch a Civil Society Forum in parallel to the Six-Party Talks; Discuss practical ways and means of establishing Northeast Asia nuclear-weapon-free zone (NWFZ) as well as feasibility of creation of single-State NWFZs, as agreed in March 2006; Discuss other pressing issues within the mandate of GPPAC-NEA; Adopt relevant decisions on some issues of substance as well as on future organization of work.

In order to make the meeting practically useful and highly productive it is important to:

Dedicate one whole meeting for up-dating on the activities of ISG, GPPAC-NEA and the focal points; Prepare in advance some brief studies on the issues to be discussed, especially a)on positions of States at the Six-Party Talks (comparable table on positions of governments on the major issues on the agenda), including with regard to the Joint Statement on 19 September 2005 and the agreement on 13 February 2007, as well as proposals for the Talks from non-governmental sector towards these ends; b)on preparations for NEA-NWFZ (comparable table on positions of governments on the issue); c)concept and practice of establishment of single-State NWFZs.

Prepare in advance the papers (5-6 pages at most) to be presented at the regional meeting and later publish them together with the final document; Invite non-governmental experts on the main issues, including perhaps representative of so-called track II, to up-date on the efforts that are being undertaken at track II level and ask them how NGOs (track III) could help promote the above goals Provide opportunity for NEA representatives to meet with ambassadors of Six-Party Talks; Adopt civil society statements with respect to Six-Party Talks, NEA-NWFZ and single-State NWFZ. Particular focus will be on how civil society could contribute_to promote implementation of the Joint Statement on 19 September 2005 and the agreement on 13 February 2007, and how it could give momentum to promoting NWFZ in the region.

Draft Program of GPPAC regional meeting on “Civil Society Six-Party Talks, Promoting a NWFZ in the region and a NEA RSG meeting”

Wednesday, 23 May

  • arrival of delegates – check into hotel – sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar

Thursday, 24 May

07:30 – breakfast 08:30 – registration 09:00 – opening session by representative of Ulaanbaatar Focal Point – welcome remarks by representative of the Office of the President of Mongolia – welcome remarks by representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia – welcome remarks by representative of International Steering Group of GPPAC – adoption of the agenda 09:30 – Plenary I – “GPPAC in action: up-dates and looking forward” Facilitator: Shim Yonghee, Hanyang University – information by International Steering Group member Yoshioka Tatsuya – exchange of views on Global Action Agenda 10:15- tea/coffee break 10:30- information by representatives of Focal Points: Beijing Kyoto Seoul Shanghai Taipei Tokyo Ulaanbaatar Vladivostok 13:00 – lunch

14:30 – Courtesy call at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia 15:30 – Thematic session I – Establishment of the second generation of NWFZs (Northeast Asia, single-State zone) Facilitator: Yi Kiho, Sungkonghoe University “Establishing additional NWFZs” (Alyn Ware,Global Coordinator of Parliamentarian Network for Nuclear Disarmament) – “Establishing North-East Asia NWFZ – objective necessity” (Kawasaki Akira, Peace Boat) – discussion 16:45 – tea/coffee break 17:00- “Single-State NWFZs – response to NWFZ blind spots” (Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan, Blue Banner) – discussion 17:50 – wrap up of the session

18:30 – welcome reception. Representatives of Embassies of States of Six-Party Talks and of the press shall be invited.

Friday, 25 May

09:00- Thematic session II: Launching civil society forum in support of Six-Party Talks” Facilitator: Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan, Blue Banner – “Brief history of Six-Party Talks including the significance of the agreement on 13 February 2007” (Suh Bohyuk, Korea National Strategy Institute) “Comparative study of positions of States parties to the Talks” (Chen Duming, Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament) – discussion

11:00- tea/coffee break

11:20- “Possible role of civil society organizations in supporting the Six-Party Talks —after the agreement on 13 February 2007” (Park Jungeun, People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy) “US policy and roles of the international community” (Wade Huntley, University of British Colombia/Nautilus Institute)

  • discussion 12:50 – wrap up of the session

13:00 – lunch

14:30 – Regional Steering Group working meeting2 Facilitator: Hsu Szu-chien, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica

17:00- Plenary II: adoption of the decisions of the regional meeting Facilitator: Zhao Huasheng, Fudan University

17:30- press conference

19:00- diner/concert at Asar Urguu (traditional Mongolian cuisine and art performance)

Saturday, 26 May

Departure of delegates