In preparation for the engagement in the annual Asia Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development (APFSD), the Asia Pacific People’s Forum on Sustainable Development (People's Forum, APPFSD), organized by the Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM), provides an inclusive space for discussion and sharing among civil society organizations (CSOs) and peoples’ movements in the region on their positions on key sustainable development issues. The APPFSD carves its space against a backdrop of shrinking civic spaces, widened inequalities, and digital divide brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Forum aims to serve as a platform that harnesses the collective voice of the region's people towards transformative and genuine development that serves the needs of the most marginalized.
This year’s Forum, to be held in hybrid format from 22-25 March 2022, will still highlight APRCEM's Political Unity of “Solidarity and System Change are the Only Antidotes to COVID-19” and will discuss the regional progress of the SDGs and the Agenda 2030 from the constituency’s perspective; challenging the framework of its implementation and sharpening its analysis through the lens of Development Justice.
- Foster sharing and learning from the variety of experiences of organizations and constituencies and 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 from Development Justice perspectives;
- Build a deeper understanding of Development Justice and its position on 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;
- Conduct dialogues on the structure and content of the APFSD and HLPF with its theme “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” formulate joint positions, as well as strategize interventions at the APFSD, HLPF, UN General Assembly, FfD and other processes related to 2030 Agenda, as well as other relevant processes in tackling systemic barriers in achieving Development Justice ;
- 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 other's ideas, plans, and actions across national borders.
To participate in the People's Forum, apply here: http://tinyurl.com/peoplesforum2022