2 October 2017 - The Blue Zone

2017 - The Blue Zone

2017 Blue zone conference 

Australia has an extensive framework for cooperation spanning political, economic, security, development, education, and people-to-people ties with our neighbouring ‘in the zone’, Indian Ocean countries. While the future of the Indo-Pacific unfolds against a maritime backdrop, we must address the issues, challenges and opportunities that face our collective nations as the maritime realm continues to shape our politics, technology and livelihoods. 

In collaboration with The University of Western Australia, the Perth USAsia Centre is pleased to announce that the 2017 In the Zone Conference – “The Blue Zone” will be held on 2nd October 2017 in Perth, Western Australia and will spark a regional discussion that aims to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG14) of seeking to ‘Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources’.
 

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speakers


The Hon Julie Bishop - Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs
Julie Bishop is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia’s Federal Government., Minister Bishop has overseen the single largest expansion of Australia's overseas diplomatic presence in 40 years, introduced the New Colombo Plan to support Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the Indo-Pacific region, and established the innovationXchange within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to develop bold and creative solutions to long standing development challenges.

Senator Penny Wong – Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security
Penny Wong is the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. In 2013, Penny was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate. After the change of Government she was appointed the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Penny is the first woman to hold both these roles. 


Dr Han Sueng-soo – former President of the United Nations General Assembly (2001) and former South Korean Prime Minister (2008-2009)
Dr Han Seung-soo is a South Korean diplomat and economist with a career spanning over 30 years in the international political sphere. He was elected the President of the 56th session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2001, the same year that he was appointed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. Dr Han has served as the Prime Minister of South Korea from 2008 to 2009, after having served as Ambassador to the United States, Chief of Staff to President Kim Young Sam and Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister.

Chris Salisbury – Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto
Chris Salisbury has been the Chief Executive of Iron Ore Group of Rio Tinto since July 1, 2016, after taking over the position from Andrew Harding during the 2016 Rio Tinto executive transition. Directly prior to this, Salisbury was acting chief executive of the Copper & Coal group from March 2016, tasked with overseeing its operations and projects globally. 


Dawn Freshwater – Vice Chancellor at The University of Western Australia
Professor Dawn Freshwater was appointed Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia on 16 January 2017. Prior to that, she served as the University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (SDVC) and Registrar for a three-year period, followed by a two months as Acting Vice-Chancellor. Before moving to Western Australia to take up the SDVC position, she was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Staff and Organizational Effectiveness, Professor of Mental Health and Head of the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds. 

Vice Admiral Yoji Koda – Senior Fellow at Harvard University, former Commander-In-Chief of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force
Vice Admiral Koda is a Japanese naval officer, academic, writer and Senior Fellow at the Asia Centre at Harvard University. He is the former Commander-in-Chief of the Self Defence Fleet and has served on several Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force ships including the Yudachi (DD-108), the Shirayuki (DD-123), and the Sawayuki (DD-125). He has a career in maritime defence spanning over 30 years.


Rory Medcalf - Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University
Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University since January 2015. He has led the expansion of the College into policy engagement and futures analysis, in addition to its core work in education, executive development and research. His professional background involves almost three decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence, think tanks and journalism, including as inaugural Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute.

Richard Heydarian – Manilla-based academic, columnist and author
Professor Richard Javad Heydarian is an academic, columnist, and, most recently, the author of "Asia's New Battlefield: U.S., China, and the Struggle for Western Pacific." (Zed, London) His forthcoming book is "Duterte's Rise: The Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy" (Palgrave, Macmillan). He has taught, as a political science professor, at De La Salle University and Ateneo De Manila University, and is currently resident analyst at GMA network, previously ABS-CBN News Channel, and columnist for the Manila Bulletin.

conference themes

Security

With 90 percent of global trade now transported through maritime shipping routes, the sea is becoming a highway of ever-increasing activity. The Indo-Pacific maritime domain is threatened by challenges like piracy and maritime territorial disputes. In the 21st century, how can countries cooperate in the Indo-Pacific to solve security problems within the maritime realm?
 

Resources

With the sea floor potentially housing substantial reservoirs of oil and gas, and oceanic fish and agriculture reserves capable of feeding millions of people, the ocean is unquestionably rich in resources. As the global population rapidly grows and global demand increases, what kind of resource policies should governments develop and how can we best utilize innovative technologies?
 

environment

As the world must make a collective effort to protect the oceans for future generations, so too must a unified effort to safeguard Indo-Pacific maritime biodiversity be undertaken. The oceans contain rich eco-systems, and the biological and chemical processes in the sea may hold the solutions to challenges like climate change. How do we reduce pollution, protect species from climate change, and ensure sustainable consumption?

On 22 May 2017, The Perth USAsia Centre, in collaboration with the UWA Oceans Institute and Universitas Airlangga, hosted a public panel event in Surabaya, Indonesia which hosted more than 400 regional policy scholars and students to build momentum for the annual In The Zone Conference held in Perth. 

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  • The Blue Zone in Surabaya, Indonesia at the Universitas Airlangga on 22 May 2017
  • The Blue Zone in Surabaya, Indonesia at the Universitas Airlangga on 22 May 2017
  • The Blue Zone in Surabaya, Indonesia at the Universitas Airlangga on 22 May 2017
  • The Blue Zone in Surabaya, Indonesia at the Universitas Airlangga on 22 May 2017
  • The Blue Zone in Surabaya, Indonesia at the Universitas Airlangga on 22 May 2017
  • The Blue Zone in Surabaya, Indonesia at the Universitas Airlangga on 22 May 2017
  • The Blue Zone in Surabaya, Indonesia at the Universitas Airlangga on 22 May 2017
  • The Blue Zone in Surabaya, Indonesia at the Universitas Airlangga on 22 May 2017
  • The Blue Zone in Surabaya, Indonesia at the Universitas Airlangga on 22 May 2017
  • The Blue Zone in Surabaya, Indonesia at the Universitas Airlangga on 22 May 2017