The third Ulaanbaatar Process meeting was held on August 29-30, 2017. It provided an opportunity for sincere and open civil society dialogue on the current peace and security situation in Northeast Asia, and particularly the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Civil society perspectives regarding the importance of dialogue and peaceful resolution of the current situation were emphasized by participants from throughout the region including China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Japan, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States.
At this meeting, the publication Reflections on Peace and Security in Northeast Asia - Perspectives from the Ulaanbaatar Process was also launched. This collection of essays captures the diverse opinions, concerns, tensions and contradictions of a region in turmoil at the time of the 3rd Ulaanbaatar Process Meeting. Its chapters focus on Northeast Asian security and a vision for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone; Korean Peninsula security issues and their impact on regional stability; and civil society dialogue and multi-track diplomacy in peacebuilding in Northeast Asia. The styles, opinions and visions contained in this publication are as diverse as the Northeast Asian region itself and the fact that they have been offered willingly, and in good faith, is a modest yet significant testament to the success of the ongoing Ulaanbaatar Process experiment, and a tangible outcome thereof. Further information from this meeting, please see here.
The second meeting of the Ulaanbaatar Process was succesfully convened in the Mongolian capital between November 14-16, 2016. This provided an opportunity for sincere and open civil society dialogue on promoting peace and security on the Korean Peninsula, the goal of establishing a Northeast Asian Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone and discussion of how civil society can contribute to reducing tension, expanding engagement and cooperation, and building peace and stability in the region.
Although the meeting was held under Chatham House rules, the Summary Document reporting upon discussions held and future plans for the process can be read here, and a list of participants is available here.
For more information, see here.
The inaugural meeting of the Ulaanbaatar Process took place in Mongolia from 23-24 June, 2015. It gathered peace activists and experts from China, Japan, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, Russia, the United States of America and Mongolia for a 2-day open and frank discussion on Northeast Asian peace and security issues and the role that civil society can play in addressing them.
This meeting saw constructive debate and knowledge-sharing on issues of concern to the entire region, including the creation of a Northeast Asian Nuclear Weapon Free Zone, the replacement of the Korean War armistice with a permanent peace treaty and the role that the women and men of civil society can continue to play in helping achieve these goals. A major outcome of the meeting was a work-plan for the Ulaanbaatar Process in the months and years to come.
Further information and photos from this meeting can be seen here.