Alert: Argentina bans Civil Society from WTO Conference in Buenos Aires

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Media Release Dec 1, 2017 Civil society slams Argentina’s repression of peoples’ voice at the WTO conference in Buenos Aires Global civil society network People Over Profit (POP) condemns the arbitrary last minute decision of the Argentine government to bar more than 60 civil society and peoples’ organizations from next week’s 11th World Trade Organization ministerial […]

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ASEAN Economic Integration: By whom? For whom?

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ASEAN is being projected as a destination for investments because of its growth rate at 5.3%1, which is currently faster than the US at 3.1%, and the EU at 2.5%. However, these numbers do not adequately reflect the realities on the ground. Perhaps, the starkest evidence of this is the rising inequality and concentration of […]

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APRN Newsletter 2nd and 3rd Quarter 2017

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Our newsletter for the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2017 is now available. Read on the recent updates on our campaign against RCEP, the anti-war convention in Toronto, the “Zombie TPPA,” and other activities by our network members. Click on the image below to view and download a copy.

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Briefers on Militarism now available online

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APRN has released two briefers on militarism: Militarism and the Agenda 2030 and Militarism and the Environment. Militarism and the Agenda 2030 delves into the impacts of militarist policies on people’s rights and welfare, and how Agenda 2030 missed in recognizing and addressing this important issue even as it claims to work on building peaceful […]

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APRN Newsletter First Quarter 2017

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On this issue we cover the recently concluded APRN Biennial Conference, People Over Profit’s campaign against free trade agreements, the 7th year of the Istanbul Principles, CSO gatherings to tackle development effectiveness, and other network activities and updates.

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On the Martial Law Declaration in Southern Philippines: APRN expresses solidarity with the people of Marawi, calls for just peace

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On March 23, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law on the whole southern island of Mindanao, Philippines, after an armed encounter in Marawi City between the Maute group, a radical organization that pledged allegiance to the Daesh in Iraq and Syria, and the Philippine army. The announcement was made by the President while on a […]

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Where does the money go? Funding militarism vs sustainable development in Asia Pacific

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The theme of the upcoming 4th Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is “Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing Asia Pacific.” The theme speaks of the need to successfully implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region. Solving the development needs in Asia Pacific will have significant global impacts as the region is home to almost 60% of the world’s population. The region is also home to the 60% of world’s hungry, and almost half of the world’s poorest. Average income levels in the region in real terms are on a downward trend as inequality within and between Asia Pacific countries continue to rise.

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APRN Newsletter Third and Fourth Quarter 2016

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APRN’s newsletter for the third and fourth quarters of 2016 is now available. This issue covers the 28th and 29th Summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Laos, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) ministerial meeting in Cebu, the 16th RCEP Negotiation Round in Indonesia, APRN’s participation at the World Social Forum in Montreal, Canada (WSF 2016), the GPEDC 2nd High-Level Meeting (HLM2) in Nairobi, Kenya, the People Over Profit Unity Statement, and other network updates.

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The WB-AIIB’s Indonesia ‘National Slum Upgrading’ Project: Safeguard violations and weak country systems analysis

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Indonesia’s President Jokowi has launched the ambitious “100-0-100 Program” with a laudable goal of 100 per cent access to potable water, 0 slums, and 100 per cent access to sanitation for urban inhabitants by 2019. The Cities Without Slums Program (KOTAKU) is a national platform funded by various sources, including central and local governments, the […]

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APRN Newsletter Second Quarter 2016

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APRN’s newsletter for the second quarter of 2016 is now available. APRN’s newsletter for the second quarter of 2016 is now available. This quarter’s issue covers RCEP campaigns, negotiations, APRN’s participation at the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF), AP-RCEM’s contribution to HLPF, APRN 2016 Biennial Conference happening on 3-4 November in Beirut, Lebanon and statements in support of South Korea’s opposition to the deployment of a US missile defense system, Japanese resistance to US military bases, and other updates.

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APRN briefer on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

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With the lackluster performance of the WTO negotiations in the past years, monopoly capital has renewed its focus on bilateral and regional free trade agreements (FTAs). This reorientation aims to push contentious issues that would otherwise not be possible to advance within the context of a multilateral trade regime such as the WTO. This strategy […]

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What is the RCEP?

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The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a mega-regional trade deal that covers half of the world’s population, 38% of the world economy and nearly 30% of the world’s trade volume.

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APRN Newsletter First Quarter 2016

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APRN’s Newsletter for the First Quarter of 2016 is now available. This issue covers the Agenda 2030 and the Recent APFSD, TPP updates, the upcoming ASEAN Civil Society Conference, updates on the #FoodNotBullets campaign and more!

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Justice for the slain and injured Kidapawan farmers, resist the growing militarism in Asia Pacific!

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The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) strongly condemns the recent brutal dispersal and the indiscriminate shootings of protesting farmers in Kidapawan, Cotabato, Philippines that left at least two (2) dead, hundreds injured and missing including women and children.

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APRN briefer on militarism and the Agenda 2030

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This briefer aims to shed light on the emerging threat of militarism in the Asia Pacific region and how the Agenda 2030 responds to the issue. It highlights the issue of militarism being used as a legal recourse to aide large-scale resource grabs, how militarism is affecting women and indigenous peoples and how high military spending is diverting resources away from sustainable development financing.

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APRN rejects militarist responses to the Beirut and Paris attacks

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Asia Pacific Research Network strongly condemns the recent spate of attacks against innocent civilians of Beirut and Paris, and offers its deep condolences to the family and friends of the victims of these violent attacks. On November 13 and 14, agents believed to be deployed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) bombed […]

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Uphold indigenous people’s rights, end the militarization of their communities!

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Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) joins hands with sisters and brothers demanding justice for the recent brutal attacks against Lumad schools and communities in Mindanao, Philippines. On September 1, 2015, Emerito “Tatay Emok” Samarca, Executive Director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV) was tortured and murdered in cold blood by […]

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APRN statement on the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development

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Government leaders wrapped up the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations in August and came out with the outcome document titled Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda For Sustainable Development. This agenda, that will set the path towards the achievement of sustainable development for all, without leaving anyone behind, will be adopted during the UN General Assembly in […]

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APRN Newsletter Second Quarter 2015

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APRN Newsletter second Quarter 2015 (please click link to download) This issue features APRN’s engagement with the ASEAN and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. You will also find information on some of the network members’ campaigns. Enjoy reading and please share this to your friends. For feedback and/or inquiries, please write an email to [email protected] Sincerely, […]

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APRN Newsletter 1st Quarter 2015

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APRN Newsletter First Quarter 2015 Contents: APRN Co-organizes Side events at World Social Forum Sendai Framework Approved at 3rd WCDRR US Could Rewrite Australian Law after TPP signed, group claims Philippine Economy not going strong as government claims– research group Aid watchdog calls for Australian support for PNG anti-corruption measures Monsanto’s flagship pesticide linked to […]

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No more Mary Janes: Justice for all migrant workers!

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APRN Statement on the latest developments on Mary Jane Veloso’s case 1 May 2015 ‘Collective action can indeed move mountains, serve justice for the marginalized.’ As we celebrate the International Workers’ Day, the Asia Pacific Research Network join CSOs and people’s movements around the world in rejoicing over the Indonesian government’s decision to delay the […]

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ASEAN Economic Integration: By whom? For whom?

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The ASEAN Economic Community along with the other pillars of the ASEAN Community (Political Security and Socio- Cultural), is expected to be launched in December 2015. With its collective economic growth and resources, analysts say ASEAN will become the engine of growth in Asia, especially, the economic integration that investors and corporations are anticipating in […]

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US military presence and interventions in Asia, Pacific and Africa

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Asia-Pacific has become the stage for a global tug-of-war to take control of resources and exert political and economic dominance by Western countries, with the United States at the helm. Years after it launched its Global War on Terrorism, the U.S. brought its wars to resource-rich countries in West Asia such as Syria, Lebanon and […]

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APRN forum workshop on militarism and democracy

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Everyone is invited to attend APRN’s Forum Workshop on War and Militarism, co-organized with the Arab NGO Network for Development, IBON International, the International League for People’s Struggles and the Africa People’s Research Network. March 26, 2015 | 15:00 – 18:00, CPDE Tent

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