AASSREC Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils

23rd Biennial General Conference 2019

Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures in Asia

24 - 26 September 2019
Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), Hanoi

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Greetings ASSREC Members and Friends,

Thank you very much for your interest in the Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) for hosting the very successful 2019 Biennial General Conference.

Proceedings were held over September 24th to 25th, 2019 on the topic: Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures in Asia. Human activities are recognized to have a significant global impact on the Earth's geology and ecosystems. This in turn requires inclusive and coordinated actions to ensure equality and security for human beings. Equality is a basic human right and is built on recognition of diverse values. Security includes not just military and political security but environmental, resource and livelihood security. Social sciences and humanities have a vital role to play in clarifying and developing principles, norms, rules and institutions to undertake actions, and in participating in the dialogue among citizens and policy makers to achieve such a sense and transdisciplinary research to contribute to transformations to the sustainable world.

Over fifty participants from a range of disciplines in the social sciences, including representatives of member organisations and invited speakers, contributed to the discussions centred around four key topics: "Assessing Security Threats and Challenges', "Dealing with Increasing Inequality and Conflicts", "Social Sciences and Humanities for Security and Equality", and "Transformations to the Inclusive and Sustainable World". 

At the AASSREC business meeting held on 25th September 2019, it was decided that the 24th Biennial General Conference will be held in Australia in 2021. The date and city is still to be confirmed but will be announced to all members as soon as the details have been finalised by our hosts, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Best wishes,

Michelle Bruce
Secretary General