It is with great pleasure that, on behalf of ASAP, I join with my colleagues to invite you to the 9th ICAAP in Bali, August 2009. The 9th ICAAP will mark almost two decades of the Congress. Starting in Canberra , Australia in 1990, the Congress has been held in New Delhi, Chiang Mai, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Kobe and most recently, Colombo. The decision to award the 9th ICAAP to Indonesia is particularly important, since Indonesia is well placed to represent the cross-roads of Asia and the Pacific.
As I look at the Congress programme, I am excited to see that, for the first time, steps have been taken to strengthen synergy between previous ICAAPs and this 9th ICAAP in Bali. There is ample space within tracks for bold and innovative discussions on several contentious issues. In my remarks at the Launch of the 9th ICAAP in June 2008, I drew upon two quotes from the Report of the Commission on AIDS in Asia, which are worth mentioning again. The first goes to the importance of human rights and the second exemplifies the importance o f us not becoming side tracekd in our response across the region. Previous congresses have shown that these issues must remain central to our focus.
I congratulate the Government of Indonesia, donors, civil society organisations and community-based groups, along with the UN system of agencies for supporting the local organising committee in creating synergy between previous Congresses and the 9th ICAAP and providing opportunities for partners to unite and work together and to create networks. I trust this will lead to the most successful ICAAP event ever!
TERIMA KASIH. Thank you
Professor Myung-Hwan Cho