Sustainable Development and Human Security

Japan Center for International Exchange
November 1999

The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) jointly sponsored a two-day conference of leading intellectuals in the region to consider the underlying human security requirements for generating sustainable development in Asia Pacific. 

In this report, a summary of the principal points made in discussions during the conference precedes a more detailed synopsis of the presentations and discussion that took place in each of the main sessions. Topics examined included how to promote “good governance,” the desirability and feasibility of social safety nets, where to invest in human resource development, and how to balance the need for continued economic development with environmental imperatives. Additional topics addressed were how to generate cross-sectoral cooperation among local, national, regional, and global institutions and the role of civil society organizations in responding to the challenges of sustainable development and human security.

The report was a product of the Intellectual Dialogue on Building Asia’s Tomorrow.


1. Foreword
Tadashi Yamamoto and Chia Siow Yue
2. Summary of Discussion
3. Beyond the Crisis: Development Strategies in Asia
Amartya K.Sen
4. Synopsis of Presentations and Discussions

Session 1: Good Governance: Does an Asian Model Exist
Session 2: Social Safety Nets: How Desirable? How Feasible?
Session 3: Human Resource Development: Where to Invest for the Future
Session 4: Environmental Protection and Economic Needs: Maintaining a Balance
Session 5: The Roles of Global and Regional Institutions
Session 6: The Role of Civil Society
Session 7: Conclusions: Defining an Intellectual Agenda for Future

5. Select Annotated Bibliography
6. Appendix
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ISBN 4-88907-037-0; 129 pages; paper