The Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) was formed in 2001 and is a not-for-profit regional association of individuals, organisations and institutions interested in promoting peace through mediation and other dispute resolution processes, such as conciliation and arbitration, wherever conflicts threaten the well-being of individuals, organisations, communities and local, state or national governments in the region
The main objective of the APMF is to facilitate the exchange and development of knowledge, values and skills of mediation and other dispute resolution processes, in any form, including inter-cultural, interpersonal, inter-institutional and international, within and between the diverse countries and cultures in the Asia-Pacific region. To fulfil this objective, conferences are held in the region every two years, with a different country taking responsibility for hosting each conference. To date we have held bi-annual conferences in Adelaide Australia; Singapore; Suva, Fiji; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Bangkok, Thailand, Manila, The Philippines and Lombok, Indonesia. More information about the APMF and our prior conferences can be found on the APMF website: www.asiapacificmediationforum.org
The APMF Executive Committee is working closely with the Conference Convener, Thomas Giglione, and the Vietnam Conference Organising Committee and we know that the conference in Da Nang will offer you a new and exciting experience in a wonderful location. We welcome your participation as a speaker, sponsor and/or participant and look forward to meeting you at the conference. Registration at the conference includes a two-year membership of the APMF.
Associate Professor Dale Bagshaw PhD
President, Asia Pacific Mediation Forum
This message is to all my fellow peacemakers, sponsors and participants of the 2017 APFM Conference who share a common vision of peacemaking.
It is my honour as a member of the APMF Executive Committee and the convener of the 8th Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) Conference to be responsible for bringing together a global community of peacemakers to share ideas for professional development and good fellowship in Da Nang, Vietnam.
It is my belief that we must continue to evolve our methods of conflict resolution, if we as human beings are to grow and prosper into the future. This method of dispute resolution must reject revenge, aggression, and retaliation born from the past and instead embrace peaceful co-existence for the future. I am therefore proud to announce that the theme for this conference is The Future of Mediation in the Asia Pacific Region.
Life teaches us that as we look to the future it is prudent to remember what we learned in the past. It is thus not a coincidence that I proposed the theme for the 2017 APMF Conference to be on the future and requested the venue be held in Da Nang, Vietnam. Da Nang is the city where the final U.S. ground combat operations in Vietnam ceased on 13 August 1972, ending a long and brutal war and unifying the country again. I have lived in Vietnam for the past 8 years and have come to learn that Da Nang symbolizes peace and re-unification for Vietnamese people.
It is my observation that both conflict and peace cannot survive without participation. Future wars cannot continue without warriors and a lasting peace cannot be achieved without peacemakers. Peacemakers are the guardians of human civilization. I do believe that only through our continuous participation as peacemakers can humanity survive into the future.
Thanks for your participation as global peacemakers.
Thomas G. Giglione
Member of APMF Executive Committee
Convener of the 8th APMF Conference