Asia-Pacific People’s Forum on Sustainable Development

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Date: 24-26 March 2019
Venue: Bangkok, Thailand

The Asia-Pacific People’s Forum on Sustainable Development (APPFSD) will be organised by civil society (Asia-Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (AP-RCEM), in collaboration with the ESCAP and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) as a preparatory meeting for the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) 2019.

The Asia-Pacific People’s Forum on Sustainable Development 2019 will be a forum for civil society organisations to work together and consolidate their positions and recommendations for a regional sustainable development agenda. Asia-Pacific CSOs from different sectors and countries will explore common ground and actions, develop common messages and coordinate strategies for more effective participation in the national, regional and global intergovernmental processes on sustainable development. The CSO Forum invites applications from nationally registered civil society organisations to work with others to:

  1. Foster the sharing and learning from the variety of experiences of organisations and constituencies and to enhance capacity of civil society participants on sustainable development at the national, regional and global levels, and on the opportunities and modalities for engaging these processes, including identifying and dealing with key systemic issues/barriers to the achievement of sustainable development;
  2. To help build an understanding of sustainable development as a comprehensive whole with strong inter-linkages across its various dimensions and components; therefore to also link the work of various other CSO campaigns, peoples’ movements, grassroot constituencies, scientific and academic communities across national borders;
  3. Dialogue on the structure and content of the APFSD with its theme “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality in Asia and the Pacific” as well as UN Environment Assembly, formulate joint positions, as well as strategise interventions at the APFSD, HLPF, UN Environment Assembly and other processes; and
  4. Reflect on the work and structure of Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism and agree on joint actions and follow up to civil society positions adopted to strengthen and support each others’ ideas, plans and actions across national borders.