Southeast Asia and the Pacific

URI Southeast Asia and the Pacific’s Cooperation Circles work to provide environmental education, empower communities through conflict mediation, develop vocational training, and create the next generation of young leaders.

Southeast Asia and the Pacific Region - peace amongst regional conflict

Cooperation Circles in URI Southeast Asia and the Pacific (SEAPac) have been engaged in peace advocacy, conflict mediation, interfaith dialogues, promotion of culture and arts, environmental efforts and development of youth education and leadership.

Regional Support Staff

  • Nivy Balachandran, Regional Coordinator for SEAPac - Pacific Zone
  • Sothearat Seoung, Regional Coordinator for SEAPac - West Zone
  • TBD, Regional Coordinator for SEAPac - East Zone
  • Potre D. Diampuan, Senior Interfaith Representative

Here are examples of URI’s work in this region:

Religious and cultural stereotypes prevent people from truly being able to see one another, leading to divided communities where conflict persists. With URI’s support, Regional Coordinator Sothearat Seoung started a public radio program called "Religions Unite to Build Culture of Peace and Justice." Through the program, he invites Cooperation Circle members to engage people of different faiths in dialogue, addressing persistent prejudices and finding ways to cooperate for the good of their communities in Cambodia. For many listeners, the program serves as an introduction to the concept of interfaith harmony.

Responding to the rise in Muslim immigration in historically Catholic Manila, and the corresponding rise in conflict, URI Southeast Asia and the Pacific has developed a model program, The Priest-Imam Forum, which creates a path for continued dialogue that helps to bridge the gap between cultures. In Mindanao, URI Cooperation Circles are helping disenfranchised Muslim communities build more productive relationships with the military and government.

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Stories From URI Southeast Asia and the Pacific

URI Young Leaders in Action - YLP in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, April 2010

This report shares details about the youth leadership training that took place from April 13-15, 2010, followed by the URI Southeast Asia and the Pacific Regional Assembly from April 15 - 19. 12 young people from Australia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and the U.S. took part in this leadership training, organized by Sharon Vaswani and Shakuntala Vaswani, and facilitated by Youth Programs Director Sarah Talcott Blair. The training offered workshops in interfaith dialogue, interfaith peacebuilding, an environmental symposium and team-building. Youth Ambassadors from both Asia and Southeast Asia also participated. Written by Sarah Talcott.