October 15, 2014
10th Asia-Europe People's Forum (AEPF)
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."
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.
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”.
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?
On Sunday, hundreds of thousands gathered in New York for one of the biggest marches against climate change.
(press release below)
Climate Justice Alliance:
Statement to World Leaders and President Obama at the United Nations Climate Summit
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.
By Mary Ann Manahan