Contents with tag: Asia & Pacific
People's Solidarity Festival: Strenghtening People's Collective Actions to the Global Crisis
Sept. 10, 2013
Balaw Kalinaw, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Bangkok, Thailand – The first region-wide civil society consultation on Post-2015 took place on Friday, 23 – Saturday 24 August in Bangkok, Thailand with 90 organizations from 21 countries from across Asia and the Pacific.
Asia and the Pacific civil society groups representing 92 organisations from 21 countries from various major groups and stakeholders gathered in Bangkok to formulate a just and transformative development agenda towards post-2015 and beyond. The result of the consultation led to the drafting of the Bangkok Civil Society Declaration: From Inclusive to Just Development.
Civil society has engaged Asia & Pacific governments in the Asia Pacific Ministerial Dialogue (APMD) to commit to real transformative change. Yet propositions that strongly articulate the need for equity have been stubbornly opposed by the United States and other advanced countries who are not even part of the region but members of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The US, United Kingdom, France and other advanced countries were part of the core group that led to the formation of ESCAP as part of post-war reconstruction under the Marshall Plan.
CSO formations and social movements from all over the Asia-Pacific region will meet on the 23rd and 24th of August in Bangkok Thailand to discuss a just development agenda in line with the post-2015 framework. The event aims to develop the capacity of Asia-Pacific civil society groups for a more active participation in forwarding the people’s goals as part of the post-2015 development agenda.
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.
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.