The overall objective of the Ulaanbaatar Process is to support the creation of peace and stability throughout Northeast Asia, through the promotion of civil society dialogue.

The specific objectives of the process are:

  • To strengthen the role of civil society in the context of building peace and stability in Northeast Asia
  • To complement and contribute recommendations to official processes, including the Ulaanbaatar Dialogue for Northeast Asian Security initiated by the Mongolian government
  • To support the development of an institutionalized regional mechanism supporting dialogue and reconciliation in Northeast Asia
  • To contribute to overall confidence-building measures within the Northeast Asian region.

Activities – Making a habit of Dialogue

The core activity of the Ulaanbaatar Process is the dialogue between Northeast Asian civil society members in itself, promoting communication and cooperation and establishing a safe space for participation from all countries. To this end, the

Process will:

  • Hold regular, face-to-face, closed-door meetings among members of civil society groups in the Northeast Asian region, most importantly, an annual Ulaanbaatar Process meeting in the Mongolian capital.
  • Convene additional annual working group meetings on thematic issues (e.g. the Korean Peninsula, gender issues).
  • Disseminate strategic and targeted action-oriented policy recommendations, through submissions to Track 1 / 1.5 actors and outreach/constituency meetings in relevant capitals, including Seoul, Tokyo, Washington DC, Beijing and Pyongyang.
  • Publish journal articles analysing key issues in the region and civil society recommendations.

Further information about the process, including expected impact, priority thematic areas, participants and activities can be seen on this website, including in the key documents.