Southeast Asia Coalition
to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, Bangkok, Thailand
to Ban Landmines, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Sudan Peace and Reconciliation
Commission, Southern Sudan
Constituency & Configuration
(e.g. campaigners, advocates, activists and field workers in local
and international organizations) who actually engage NSAGs as part
of their work on an issue, in a social sector or in a geographical
area where NSAGs are among the key players.
(mainly researchers but also educators)
(inc. their think-tanks and strategists).
SSN privileges local
practitioners, communities, people’s organizations, NGOs,
academics, universities and research institutes in and from the
South. The more the disciplines represented, the better to achieve
a multi-disciplinary approach to and understanding of NSAGs.
- excludes policy-makers,
think-tanks and strategists, whether governmental or private,
who are engaged in a counter-insurgency framework, without prejudice
to the necessary policy dialogue with them
- configured on a regional
basis, where networks are relatively loose around regional focal
points. The center(s) of gravity are conflict-region focal points
in the South, initially Manila/Philippines and Bangkok/Thailand
in Asia; Nairobi/Kenya in Africa; and Bogota/Colombia in Latin
America. Autonomous regional centers are guided by the overall
concept and regularly exchange notes regarding developments at
their respective ends (thus, South-South)
& Regional Focal/Advisory Points
Some founding core group
members of SSN were co-founders and/or co-chairs of the Non-State
Actor Working Group of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
(ICBL), the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
They had contributed
to the theory and practice of various instruments for NSAG adherence
to a landmine ban but applicable too to other humanitarian norms:
unilateral declarations, bilateral agreements, memoranda of understanding,
multilateral undertakings, and mine-free (or peace) zones.
Among these core group
members also are those who conceptualized, drafted and developed
the pioneering Deed of Commitment under Geneva Call for Adherence
to a Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Mines and for Cooperation in Mine
Action as a standard instrument for NSAGs in 2000/2002, and were
directly responsible for or involved in securing the adherences
of 21 out of the 25 NSAG signatories to the Deed of Commitment by
the end of 2003.
SSN hopes to build on
and move on from such work of NSAG engagement but to do so now well
beyond the landmines campaign.