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Contents with tag: Asia & Pacific

1 Jul 2013
Asian youth leaders participate in the Global Power Shift Climate Summit in Istanbul

Youthful representatives of various Asian CSO fromations joined hundreds of young climate justice advocates from 134 countries at the Global Power Shift Summit in Istanbul from June 24 to 30. The Istanbul climate summit is the first-ever international conference dedicated to building a global youth movement towards solving the climate crisis.

18 Jun 2013
Indonesian peasants slam land grabs, WTO

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.

28 May 2013
IBON Int'l and the campaign for people's goals

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”.

25 May 2013
PCFS spearheads SEA consultation on agricultural investment

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.

7 May 2013
ADB and the ‘Development through Empowerment’ delusion

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.

23 Apr 2013
Indonesian Peoples Alliance hits arrest of 4 activists by Surabaya cops

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.

22 Apr 2013
Indigenous groups move to join CSO Platform for Dev’t Effectiveness

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.”

19 Mar 2013
Campaign for People’s Goals toolkit now available

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.

17 Jan 2013
Towards a just and transformative post-2015 development agenda

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”

5 Nov 2012
CSOs, social movements unite for sustainable dev't goals

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.

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