24h Chaophraya Dialogue
Emerging Leaders Forum
Joint Recommendations (Draft)
Young leaders and mid-career professionals from India and Pakistan met in Bangkok on the 25th and 26th of March for the 24th Chaophraya Dialogue Emerging Leaders Forum. They agreed to the following recommendations:
- Bilateral Relations
The governments of India and Pakistan should facilitate and encourage cross-border contacts between universities and institutions of higher learning with regard to teaching and collaborative research.
The Chaophraya Dialogue should encourage the inclusion of civil society in Indo-Pak bilateral dialogues as well as create sub-national agendas on governance and security within their countries.
- Women in Security
Governments, international organisations and public-private partnerships should:
- Invest in capacity-building of women as mediators in national and international security dialogues and India-Pakistan peace initiatives through specially designed modules for training women even outside the government apparatus.
- Bring together women leaders and academic and professional experts from India and Pakistan at Track 1.5 and Track 2 forums, conferences and roundtable meetings to discuss bilateral relations and security policies.
- Ensure gender equality in everyday processes by making the work environment in public sectors and decision making bodies more gender-sensitive and conducive for women.
The governments of India and Pakistan should encourage the exchange of knowledge across various social, cultural and educational themes between students, teachers, and experts on both sides of the LOC.
Media in both countries should produce material humanizing the life of soldiers along the LOC.
- Climate Change
A Chaophraya ‘Talanoa’ Dialogue can be initiated at the South Asia level between experts and practitioners in the region for conversation and experience sharing on climate change and environment. Specific joint recommendations from this dialogue should feed into the COP23 Presidency’s Talanoa dialogue.
An India-Pakistan joint research project involving think tanks and educational institutions should be undertaken to provide specific recommendations and joint strategies to the concerned ministries in both countries, to achieve the respective Nationally Determined Contributions.
- New Media
The Chaophraya Dialogue can launch a jointly-curated Twitter Feed with guest curators from both sides of the border, on India and Pakistan relations, that aims at correcting informational imbalances and misunderstandings.
Civil society groups, media and universities in India and Pakistan should exchange learning on the use of new media platforms and new media products to build communities of practice around shared governance challenges
- Extremism and Terrorism
India and Pakistan should use the ambit of the comprehensive dialogue to discuss greater counter-terror and intelligence cooperation including the possibility of finalising an Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) in criminal matters.
There should be greater university collaborations across the border for classroom-exchanges in the areas of political and development histories and social studies, and in order to foster cross learning aimed at mutual trust building amongst young students in India and Pakistan.