16th APF Annual Meeting and First Biennial Conference, 2011
الجرافيك Participants at APF 16
The APF's First Biennial Conference focused on progress and challenges in implementing the right to development.
Around 150 representatives from national human rights institutions, governments, civil society organisations and UN agencies from across the Asia Pacific region took part in the APF's first Biennial Conference.
The conference (7-8 September 2011), which had previously been held on an annual basis, is one of the largest regular human rights gatherings in the region. It followed the APF's 16th Annual Meeting (6 September 2011).
The APF Annual Meeting and Biennial Conference was hosted by the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand.
The 2011 Biennial Conference focused on progress and challenges in implementing the right to development.
Participants shared examples of good practice involving national human rights institutions and their role to monitor implementation of the Declaration on the Right to Development in their respective countries.
A series of parallel discussions drew on the expertise of national and regional non-governmental organisations on a range of related topics, including:
- Human rights defenders and the right to development
- The role of the media and development
- Natural resources and development.
The ideas and feedback from these sessions helped guide and inform the broader conference discussions.
As part of the two-day conference, participants also examined the situation facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Asia Pacific region, as well as steps being taken by national human rights institutions to advance their human rights.
In addition, a conference session explored the important and unique contribution that national human rights institutions can make to the work of the UN Human Rights Council.
The APF's Senior Executive Officers Network met on the first day of the conference.
Meeting papers and presentations
Forum Council Meeting
Opening Remarks; Chairperson, National Reform Assembly
Keynote Address; President, Administrative Court of Thailand
Statement by the Government of Palau
Statement by the United Nations Population Fund
Statement by the Asian NGO Network on NHRIs (ANNI)
ANNI Statement on NHRIs and the Right to Development
ANNI Statement on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
ANNI Statement on NHRIs and UN Human Rights Mechanisms
ANNI Statement on Review of Kandy Program of Action 1999
ACJ Reference on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Response of the Australian Human Rights Commission
Response of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission
Response of the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia
Statement by the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission
APF Senior Executive Officers Network
- Participants at APF 16 - National Human Rights Commission of Thailand