Since its beginning in 2005, Focus on the Global South has been a staunch supporter of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF). We see it as one of the many ways peoples can come together to discuss their mutual concerns and to strategize on common action. On May 3-5, Focus will again be participating in this year’s ACSC/APF in Jakarta.
 
Please note the schedule of the Focus co-organized workshops and events.
 
WORKSHOPS:
May 4 (Ciputra Hotel)
 
Session 1: 09:00 – 11:30 a.m.
 
ASEAN Policy Debate: Will FTAs Narrow the Development Gap in ASEAN
Co-organizers: EU-ASEAN FTA Campaign Network, Institute for Global Justice, Vietnam Peace and Development Foundation, Transnational Institute, Focus on the Global Sputh
 
Navigating Critical Waters: Issues, Challenges and Alternatives to the Privatization and Commercialization of Water in Asia
Co-organizers: Reclaiming Public Water, Municipal Services Project – Asia, Jubilee South – Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development, Focus on the Global South
 
Challenges to Civil Liberties in the ASEAN Region
Co-organizers: ANBTI, Serata Institute, YLBHI, ELSAM, Wahid Institute, Yayasan TIFA, LBH Jakarta, FORUM-Asia, People’s Empowerment Foundation, SAPA Tasf Force on ASEAN Freedom of Information, Institute for Freedom of Information
 
Session 2: 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
 
A Search for Just Solutions to the Climate Crisis in ASEAN
Co-organizers: CSF on Climate Justice, Solidaritas Perempuan, Jubilee South, Focus on the Global South
 
Building Solidarity in ASEAN to Promote and Protect Civil Liberties
Co-organizers: ANBTI, Serata Institute, YLBHI, ELSAM, Wahid Institute, Yayasan TIFA, LBH Jakarta, FORUM-Asia, People’s Empowerment Foundation, SAPA Tasf Force on ASEAN Freedom of Information, Institute for Freedom of Information
 
Rights of the People: Housing Rights and Access to Medicines
Co-organizers: Burma Partnership, KsK, LRC, ADHOC, FTA Watch-Thailand, Center on Housing Rights and Evictions, Bank Information Center
 
Session 3: 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
 
Regional Economic and Financial Cooperation Amidst Crisis: Initiatives in Asia, Latin America and Europe
Co-organizers: People’s Agenda on Alternative Regionalisms, Transnational Institute, Focus on the Global South
 
 
SIDE EVENTS

May 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Public Hearing on CSR and ASEAN
Survivors, victims and witnesses from the ASEAN region testify to the recurring negative consequences of corporate activities on their livelihoods and communities. A panel of experts responds with preliminary conclusions.
Co-organizers: SAPA WG on ASEAN, SAPA WG on the Environment, SAPA TF on ASEAN and Human Rights, SAPA TF on ASEAN Migrant Workers, SAPA TF on ASEAN and Burma, SAPA TF on ASEAN FOI, SEACA. Altsean-Burma, TERRA, IESR, ASEAN Watch Thailand, Burma Partnership, Focus on the Global South
 
v  For security reasons and to protect the identities of the witnesses and survivors, the event is by-invitation only. If you are interested, please approach the co-organizers.
 
May 3: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Grand Tropic Suites Hotel
EU-ASEAN FTA Campaign Network Meeting
Contact: Joseph Purugganan ([email protected])
 
May 4, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Ciputra Hotel
Press Briefing on the Environmental Pillar
Focus, TERRA, IESR and the Civil Society Forum on Climate Change discuss the details of the proposed fourth pillar for ASEAN, and the key environmental issues that make the advocacy imperative.
 
v  A Solidarity Gathering on the Environment is being arranged separately. Date, time and venue to be confirmed.
 
May 4, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Grand Tropic Suites Hotel
ASEAN Peoples’ Music
An informal gathering of ASEAN artists to discuss ASEAN music, identity and culture; a night of music and solidarity
Contact: Joseph Purugganan ([email protected])
 
May 6, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Grand Tropic Suites Hotel
SAPA Task Force on ASEAN FOI Meeting
 Network meeting to discuss updates and strategize on future action
Contact: Jenina Joy Chavez ([email protected])
 
 
If you have any questions, or want to know more about the events, please contact Mr. Jerik Cruz, [email protected] For media inquiries, please contact Ms. Clark Militante, [email protected]