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Keeping Land Local: Briefing Papers on Land Struggles, No. 3

Land Struggles III: Keeping Land Local

October 24, 2014

Announcing "Keeping Land Local," the third issue of the Briefing Paper Series on Land Struggles by Focus on the Global South, the Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform, and Land Research Action Network. To download a PDF of the publication, click here.

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Final Declaration of the 10th Asia-Europe People's Forum

Final Declaration

10th Asia-Europe People's Forum (AEPF)

Milan, Italy

October 10-12, 2014

We, over 400 women and men, representing social movements, people's organisations and citizens from 42 countries across Asia and Europe joined together from the 10th to 12th October 2014 in Milan, Italy at the 10th Asia Europe People's Forum under the title "Towards a Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe: Challenging Unjust and Unequal Development, Building States of Citizens for Citizens."

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Keep Sombath’s Vision Alive: Keynote Speech by Shui Meng Ng at AEPF10

Two years ago, at the 9th AEPF, my husband, Sombath Somphone, as the Co-Chair of the National Organizing Committee, gave the keynote speech at the opening session of the Forum in Vientiane, Laos. He was at the time both happy and excited that after months of intensive preparation, the AEPF9 was officially declared open by no less than Laos’ Deputy Prime Minister. More than 1,000 people representing civil society groups and organizations from across Asia and Europe participated. As a Lao, Sombath was proud that his country could play host to such a major civil society forum.

10th Asia-Europe Peoples' Forum: Towards a Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe

A call to social movements, frontline communities and campaigning networks, and progressive NGOs, academics and parliamentarians across Asia and Europe:

Join the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples’ Forum, “Towards a Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe: Building States of Citizens for Citizens”

Milan, Italy, 10-12 October 2014

The Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) will hold its 10th biennial People’s Forum on 10-12 October 2014 under the title “Towards a Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe - Building States of Citizens for Citizens”.

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How Did Leaders Respond to the People’s Climate March?

About 400,000 people went to the streets on September 21st to ask for real actions to address climate change. It was the greatest climate march in history. The UN Climate Summit organized by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon took place two days later with the participation of 100 heads of state and 800 leaders from business. How did this Summit react to the demands of the peoples climate march? Did it meet the expectations?

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The dangers of more bilateral FTAs in the Philippines

In Louella D. Desidero's article, "Phl to open more bilateral agreements," published in the Philippine Star on 22 September 2014, Trade Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr. was quoted expressing the government's interest in "exploring more bilateral FTAs" after "the usual consultations and impact studies."

The article also mentioned the possible launch of two negotiations for free trade agreements with European countries, one with the European Union, and another with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.