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Friday, 7 November 2014

2014 Human Rights Day Public Forum

Addressing Global, Regional & Domestic concerns
pertaining to security, sustainable development & human rights
Date:               Dec 9, 2014 (Tuesday)
Time:               8.30pm to 10.30pm (Light Refreshments from 7.30pm)
Venue:             Brickfield Asia College (PJ Campus), VSQ@PJ City Centre, Jalan Utara,
                         Section 14, Petaling Jaya
Malaysia was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council on Oct 16, 2014. This is for a two year period starting in Jan 2015 till Dec 2016. This is a major achievement for Malaysia and this global recognition enhances our global role and contribution especially during the time when Malaysia will also be the chair to ASEAN.
This is also a critical period in the global context due to rising extremism and global conflict which is threatening global peace, prosperity and security.  In addition the UN is also finalising the Post MDG 2015 agenda with the introduction of the Social Development Goals (2016-2030)
Active participation at the global UN level has clear implications for domestic policies and programmes especially in the way government will have to address matters pertaining to human rights, sustainable development, good governance, transparency and accountability at the home front.
Malaysia will face a credibility gap if what we advocate at the UN level does not match with practice here in Malaysia especially in enhancing democracy, freedom of speech & expression, through the ratification core UN Conventions and fulfilling the UPR commitments.
Proham together with the Brickfields Asia College is hosting this Public Forum which is part of the 2014 Human Rights Week Celebrations organised jointly by the UN, Suhakam, GMM, Bar Council & Proham
The objectives are:
To understand the role of the UN Security Council and UN global commitments and challenges including the formulation of the post MDG- Sustainable Development Goals and its implications
To understand and review Malaysia’s role in the UN Security Council noting opportunities & challenges for 2015 & 2016
To critically review the implications of Malaysia’s global role and its impact on domestic public polices & programs especially with regards to greater human rights compliance consistent with the UN human rights conventions and instrucments.
To discern some key priorities for Malaysia at the global, regional & national level and the role Malaysians can play especially civil society in enhancing the human rights and sustainable development agenda for all.
Datuk Kuthubul Zaman Bukhari (Proham):         Word of Welcome & setting the agenda      
Ms Michelle Gyles-McDonnough (UN):  Understanding the UN Security Council role and the UN Agenda in the Post MDGs and the formulation of the Social Development Goals
 Tan Sri Hasmy Agam (SUHAKAM): Understanding Malaysia’s Global commitments on Human Rights & Reflections as a former diplomat 
 Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (GMM): Promoting moderation globally, regionally and nationally as a way for conflict resolution
Tan Sri Michael Yeoh (ASLI): Promoting an ASEAN agenda at the UN Security Council & implications for Malaysia as Asean Chair in 2015
Dato Ambiga Sreenevasan (Former Bar Council Chair) : Enhancing domestic human rights compliance consistent with UN standards & instruments
Moderator : Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria (Proham Secretary General)          
Participation is by registration. Please register by indicating name, organisation and contact details (mobile and email address) to: Proham Secretariat at

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