on Enhancing Human Security in the Asia Pacific Region
1, 2 & 8 September 2021, Jeju, Republic of Korea – UNITAR CIFAL Jeju organized an online workshop on “Enhancing Human Security in the Asia Pacific Region” on September 1, 2 and 8 as a collaborative program with the Regional Support Office of the Bali Process. The event invited 48 representatives mainly from the governmental sector along with NGOs and International Organizations. They came from 18 countries including: Philippines, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, USA, Maldives, Thailand, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Tanzania, Pakistan, India, Vietnam, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Kazakhstan.
One of the invited experts shared with the participants the case review on various forms of exploitations that took place in South Korea based on vulnerability by group: women, people with disabilities, migrants, as well as different approaches for a concerted effort to prevent human trafficking and reduce vulnerability of those who can easily fall victim to human trafficking. Through several case studies shared among peer participants, both the participants and the experts were given an opportunity to have reflective understanding on challenges in the 4P(Protection, Prevention, Prosecution and Partnership) approach facing government agencies and frontline organizations. The participants also had a keen interest in knowledge sharing about human trafficking prosecutions based on a victim-centered approach as almost two thirds of the participants were from national and local governments including police sector.
The event was composed of three online sessions: two sessions with experts’ presentations and interactive sharing of opinions through a scenario-based exercise each and the other one with case study insights by selected participants. The invited speakers were Ms. Among Resi, IOM Bangkok, Ms. Nari Shim, IOM Korea, Ms. Rebecca Surtees, NEXUS Institute, Ms. Rebecca Miller, UNODC, and Mr. William Laidlaw of the RSO of the Bali Process. The workshop was held in hybrid settings by mixing virtual and physical participation. As part of the workshop program for more active knowledge sharing from our end, CIFAL Jeju has made a book of collection consisting of the participants' action plan in the infographic format and case study insights.