APLN's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At APLN, we continuously strive to improve diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) within our organisation, throughout our senior network, and in our research. Our ambition is not only to address nuclear weapons risks but also to challenge structural and systemic biases in traditional security debates across the Asia-Pacific and in the wider nuclear policy community. By serving as a platform for diverse analysis and perspectives, expanding our reach to new audiences, and injecting fresh ideas into stagnant policy discussions, we endeavor to combat discrimination and promote inclusivity in the policy community. We remain committed to treating our staff, network members, and partners fairly, while opposing all forms of discrimination.
Our commitment to DEI encompasses the following key areas:
Gender Diversity: We aim to intensify our efforts to increase the representation of women as network members and actively involve them in meaningful ways, including inviting them to provide feedback on our practices, participate in events, and contribute to publications.
National Diversity: We aim to ensure that voices from marginalised communities, including smaller countries and island nations in the region, have better representation in nuclear policy discourse.
Next Generation Engagement: We aim to actively engage the next generation and early career experts to foster fresh thinking, evaluate alternative near-term futures, and address existing and future security challenges.
Projects and Research: We aim to integrate diverse voices and perspectives in the projects and research we undertake. In addition to prioritising gender, national, and next-generation diversity, we aim to expand the nuclear policy community by including a broader range of academic institutions, media, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders.
Workplace Policy: We aim to cultivate a more inclusive and dynamic organisational culture by implementing improved internal and external practices. This includes promoting gender diversity in senior leadership roles, actively mitigating gender bias, conducting regular internal and external reviews to assess progress towards our DEI goals, and more.
By focusing on these areas, we strive to foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment at APLN, while also contributing to broader positive changes in the nuclear policy community, with the aim that these diverse perspectives influence the debates in policy forums and dialogues.
APLN is a member of the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy (GCNP), a network that brings together leaders of organisations working in nuclear policy who are committed to breaking down gender barriers and making gender equity a working reality in their spheres of influence. Our participation in the GCNP network emphasises our commitment to actively promoting gender equality and creating a more inclusive and diverse nuclear policy landscape. View our pledges here.