From December 9 - 11, 2013 - international experts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution will come together in Manila, Philippines. Here, the 6th Asia Pacific Mediation Forum Summit will be realized by the 'De La Salle' University, the corresponding APMF, and the World Mediation Organization (WMO) - formerly known as World-Mediation-Centre .
This years, the intellectual focus is placed on: 'Mediation in a Globalizing World - Challenges to Multi-Culturalism, Peace-Building, and Religious Tolerance.' Mr. Rizal G. Buendia, Ph.D., the Chair of the 2013 APMF Steering Committee, welcomes all interest individuals with the following introduction:
'On behalf of the committee responsible for convening the 2013 Asia Pacific Mediation Forum Summit – the Political Science Department of De La Salle University, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Mediation Forum Executive Committee – it is my pleasure to provide information about the three-day APMF Summit in Manila, Philippines.
The main objective of the APMF Summit is to facilitate the exchange and development of knowledge, values and skills of mediation in any form including inter-cultural, interpersonal, inter-institutional and international, within and between the diverse countries and cultures in the Asia Pacific region through bi-annual conferences, which are held in the Asia-Pacific region with a different country taking responsibility for hosting each conference.
In 2013, the host of the APMF Summit is the Philippines, and the lead convenor is the De La Salle University. The aim of the upcoming Summit is to bring together and engage experienced conflict resolution and mediation practitioners, researchers, educators, trainers, civil society workers/practioners, human rights activists, jurists, businessmen, and policy makers from different cultural, organizational and professional backgrounds who are culturally fluent, creative and innovative, want to contribute and build on their knowledge and expertise, and are prepared to play a leadership role in transforming the way that conflicts are handled in the Asia-Pacific region. The program of the 2013 APMF Summit includes three days of optional pre-Summit activities, and three days of combined paper presentations, round table discussions and mediation workshops at basic and intermediate levels.' Read more …