In the Asia-pacific region, globalization opens up tremendous possibilities for genuine integration and political/security cooperation -- as the forces of modernization compel even once-isolated states (like China, North Korea, Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos) to conform more closely to international norms and practices in civil liberties and human rights.
Like the open market alongside it, true democracy could become the most compelling quality of the new age -- as powerless people claim their right to take their place in the more bountiful table of the new global society. The empowerment of ordinary people should, therefore, be our highest priority and common vision. The structural reforms that states must undertake -- to keep their economies competitive and reduce poverty -- will unavoidably result in more effective democratic institutions.
Indeed, it is our unity as a community of nations that cares, shares and dares for each other that would bring us within easier reach of mankind's noblest goals. Civil society -- the family, the community, the NGOs, the media, the churches, etc. -- have vital roles in assisting the state in its task to improve the conditions of each citizen and society itself.
In sum, the international community must redouble its efforts to reshape the dimensions of globalization in order to make them more equitable and beneficial for all. They must be reconfigured towards a bias not only for reducing poverty but also for the enhancement of human security. Further inaction, indifference and/or complacency are not an option. Otherwise, it may indeed be too late for humanity.
Thank and mabuhay -- best wishes!