Contents with tag: Asia & Pacific
Thousands of peasants held a protest action in Jakarta, Indonesia to highlight campaigns on land grabbing, the junking of WTO, and continued hikes in fuel prices. Rahmat Ajiguna, Secretary General of the Alliance of Agrarian Reform Movement/Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA), said that the protest is the Indonesian peasantry’s response to oppressive government policies.
Civil-society organisations (CSOs) deserve more say in global-governance matters. In particular, CSOs from developing countries tend to be marginalised in international affairs. IBON International, a Manila-based international NGO, wants to make a difference. It specialises in capacity building for grassroots movements in the Global South – and has launched a campaign for “People’s goals”.
JAKARTA, Indonesia – The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) organized the first Southeast Asia Civil Society Mechanism Consultation (CSM) on the Developments of Principles for Agricultural Investment, VG on Land and other priority CFS issues last May 23-25. The event was made possible by the efforts and initiatives of six regional organizations within the CSM Southeast Asia Working Group (CSM SEA SG). PCFS managed to induct new members and networks coming from Mongolia, Pakistan, India, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines to the consultation.
Asia has achieved remarkable economic growth, but is leaving hundreds of millions still mired in poverty, thus causing a widening gap between rich and poor and undermining the basis of growth itself. The Asian Development Bank is moving to address this worsening poverty and inequality through its core agenda "Development through Empowerment." Underlying this agenda, however, remains the ADB's market fundamentalism and a spin on "good governance" that remains anchored on private sector dominance, and which perpetuates the same policy imperatives that violate the basic human rights of poor people in the region.
The Indonesian Peoples Alliance condemned what it called “the fascist action” of the Indonesian government in arresting four activists and dispersing an anti-trade liberalization rally on April 20.
Indigenous groups from various countries have decided to take the first steps towards joining the CSO Platform for Development Effectiveness (CPDE). Gathered recently in Baguio City, Philippines for an international workshop on aid and development effectiveness, delegates from indigenous groups and advocates worldwide expressed their intent to participate “as a peoples’ movement” in the CPDE, and “to collect the historical debt due us.”
This toolkit is a contribution by the Campaign for People’s Goals to organizations seeking to participate and build campaigns around the process to define post-2015 global development goals. It is a resource designed for organizations working closely with poor and marginalized communities for real, substantive and sustainable solutions.
On January 22, 2013, IBON International, WALHI, INDIES, PCFS and APRN are inviting peoples’ organizations, social movements and non-government organisations from across Indonesia to a workshop titled “Towards a Just and Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”
Civil society organizations and social movements from the global South have banded together and pledged to Campaign for People's Goals for Sustainable Development. The CPGSD common statement urged governments to abandon the current development model that grants rights and liberties to capital over the rights and freedoms of people and the protection of the environment, and vowed to fight for a new development framework that is founded on the principles of human rights, equality, self-determination, and social, gender and ecological justice.
The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), in partnership with Andra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union (APVVU) and Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), will launch the book Sowing Seeds of Change and Hope: Farmers Confronting the Food and Climate Crises on October 15, 2012, 3-4 pm at the People's Sovereignty: Land and Biodiversity at the Jeevan Jyothi, Hyderabad, India.