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The Venice Papers

A Series of Reports
Reflecting UNESCO's Activities
in the Area of New Security
created and edited by Larry SEAQUIST

International Symposium : From Partial Insecurity to Global Security

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Institut des Hautes Études de Défence Nationale (IHEDN) jointly organized, in association with the Centro de Alti Studi per la Difensa (CASD, Italy), the Institute for Security Studies of the Western European Union and the Centro Superior de Estudios de la Defensa Naciónal (CESEDEN, Spain), an international symposium entitled "From Partial Insecurity to Global Security". The symposium, held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from 12 to 14 June 1996, brought together over one hundred military and civilian participants from some forty countries (representative of defence and strategic studies institutes, officers and staff of the armed services and researchers), as well as observers from Member States and from governmental and non-governmental organizations. Their reflections and debates of the various aspects of the new approach to security are published in these Proceedings.

What Kind of Security?

Faithful to its mission as a forum for ideas, UNESCO has sought to initiate a debate on the implications and demands of a new approach to security within the context of its transdisciplinary project "Towards a Culture of Peace". In order to open this debate, a number of renowned specialists, from a wide range of backgrounds, were invited to outline their vision of the challenges facing peace and security at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

This work contains the lectures delivered in 1995-1996 by those specialists within the framework of the proceedings of the Informal Group to consider the new approach to security set up within the Secretariat of UNESCO by its Director-General, Federico Mayor. Much food for thought will be found here concerning the new prospects which the end of the Cold War has opened up for the international community in matters of peace and security, and also concerning the means of overcoming the obstacles which efforts to establish a culture of peace are encountering in the world.

For its part, UNESCO has already drawn considerable inspiration from these lectures in its efforts to promote a new approach to security, in particular through the work of the International Symposium organized in June 1996 on the theme "From Partial Insecurity to Global Security" and its follow-up, and likewise through the unprecedented dialogue initiated by the Organization with the institutes concerned with military strategy and defence and the representatives of the armed forces in the different regions of the world.

Cooperative Peace in South East Asia

In the framework of the preparations for the celebration in the year 2000 of the International Year for the Culture of Peace, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) jointly organized a Regional Symposium on Cooperative Peace in Southeast Asia, which was held at the ASEAN Secretariat Headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 11 and 12 September 1998. During the symposium, which aimed at bringing together cooperative peace as promoted by ASEAN and the culture of peace which UNESCO is striving to transform into a worldwide movement, over one hundred participants from all ten ASEAN Member States and observers from various other countries reflected on the shared values which lie at the foundations of both cooperative peace and the culture of peace, as well as on the ways and means of furthering the cause of peace in Southeast Asia at a critical moment in its history. The conclusions of their reflections and debates, published in these Proceedings, are clearly reflected in the Statement on Peace in Southeast Asia on the Eve of the Third Millennium which was adopted by acclamation by all the participants.

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