Fight for our future, advance people’s Development now

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Delivered speech by Ms. Julia Puno, general secretary of APRN for the Asia Pacific People’s Forum on Sustainable Development 2024 Good morning everyone! We are happy to see everyone all gathered in one space for this timely event. We thank everyone’s participation and contribution to The Peoples’ Forum. Indeed in its 11th year as shared […]

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Peasant sector continues to bear the brunt of neoliberalism

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As the Philippines peasant month commemoration concludes, the Filipino peasantry continues to bear the brunt of the food crisis, inflation, and neoliberal oppression under the current Marcos Jr. regime. Despite being at the forefront of the country’s agriculture sector, they continue to suffer from the worsening socio-economic crisis, and the intensifying state terrorism and fascism […]

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IMF and WB predatory solutions do not address global poverty and debt crisis

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The International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group (IMF-WBG) held its Annual Meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco last October 9 to 15 with the theme “Global Action, Global Impact”. Top central bankers, finance ministers, private executives, and other neoliberal stalwarts gathered together in this event to discuss “world economic outlook, global financial stability, poverty eradication, inclusive […]

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The Al-Aqsa flood signals Palestinians’ long-overdue right to return”—APRN

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The Palestinian struggle for national liberation and their right to return inspires people’s movements across the world as it reaches new heights. Since the advent of the Zionist occupation of their land, the Palestinians have been stripped of their rights, shelter, livelihood, and dignity. The adoption of the UN Resolution 181 in 1947 further worsened […]

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[Leaders Dialogue 5] Unity and solidarity: Strengthening multilateral system for enhanced support, cooperation, follow up and review

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Statement by Ajay Kumar Jha of CECOEDECON/Asia Pacific regional CSOs Engagement (APRCEM) Excellencies and Colleagues I also represent Asia Pacific Regional CSOs Engagement Mechanism, a platform of more than 500 CSOs, where we describe the current state of the SDGs as “halfway there but nowhere near.” This is because of the simple fact that we […]

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Stand in solidarity with the workers in forging the future

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APRN May Day Statement Recently, the world celebrated International Labor Day by recognizing the contributions and achievements of workers. It is a day to honor the hard work and dedication of workers who are the true drivers of growth and progress. The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) is in solidarity with the working people in […]

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The Agenda 2030 and the development delusion

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Keynote address delivered by APRN board of convenors member Ajay K Jha in the 2023 Asia Pacific Peoples Forum (APPFSD), Bangkok, 24th March. The last two years have been disastrous. The covid 19 pandemic coupled with climate crisis, debt crisis, energy and food crisis, war and conflict, increasing interest and cost of living crisis, and […]

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Asia Pacific Peoples Forum on Sustainable Development opening remarks 

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Alex Enano, Asia Pacific Research Network & APRCEM Co-Chair March 24, 2023  |  Bangkok, Thailand We live in unprecedented times, multiple crises exacerbated by pandemic, wars of aggression, and corporate plunder is haunting the world.  Undeniably, while the COVID-19 crisis and the war between Ukraine and Russia played a critical role in contributing to these […]

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36 years of working for social change: NEADS anniversary message

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On 1st January this year of 2023, the North-East Affected Area Development Society (NEADS), a member of Asia-Pacific Research Network (APRN) based in Assam of north-east India celebrated its 36th foundation day. To commemorate the momentous day, members hoisted the organisational flag at its office premises in village Dhekiakhowa, Jorhat.  NEADS is a grassroots development […]

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Forging the future: Women at the forefront of struggle in Asia and the Pacific

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APRN Statement for International Working Women’s Day 2023 On the 113th anniversary of International Working Women’s Day, the Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) stands in solidarity with women struggling against socio-economic crisis and growing imperialist aggression globally and in their home countries. Women workers are rising up against exploitation and leading struggles in communities and […]

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RCEP: Threat to the Philippine economy, people, and environment

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We saw the detrimental effect of the Rice Tariffication Law after the Philippine government fully complied with the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules in removing barriers by lifting quantitative rice imports restriction. This resulted in reduced income for Filipino rice farmers due to competition with imported rice products and cheap farmgate prices. Now, the country […]

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Beyond Philippine Society and Revolution: Honoring Prof. Joma’s praxis and internationalist legacy

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As a revolutionary thinker, he constantly studied, struggled, and linked theory and practice toward genuine higher learning, not for himself, but for all oppressed peoples across the world.  Asia Pacific Research Network joins people’s organizations, grassroots movements, and civil society groups across the world paying the highest tribute to the late educator, activist, and thinker […]

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Right to protest: Under attack in Asia Pacific

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Researchers and CSOs, link arms with the people! Fight for human rights and system change!  As we commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights today, many obstacles continue to thwart the full realization of people’s rights. The worsening human rights crisis in many parts of the world has become more apparent […]

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Fisherfolk, CSOs manifest opposition vs recent WTO fisheries deal

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Research network launches comprehensive briefer on agreement on fisheries subsidy  Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), fisherfolk groups, and rural poor advocates gather together to oppose the newly adopted World Trade Organization (WTO) deal on fisheries subsidies. The online event led by Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), National Federation of Small Fisherfolk Organizations-PAMALAKAYA Pilipinas, and People’s Coalition […]

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End hunger! Support the fight for people’s food sovereignty amid food and climate catastrophe!

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APRN Statement on World Hunger Day 2022 Forty-one years since World Food Day was first observed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) member states, the crisis of hunger and malnutrition remains ever-worsening. Millions experience food insecurity and inadequacy leading to malnutrition and death, especially among the working poor of the Global […]

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Stop greenwashing! Cancel odious debt to countries under distress!

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APRN Statement on ADB’s 55th Annual Governor’s Meeting 2022 The ADB held its 55th Annual Governor’s Meeting (AGM) in Manila, with the theme “Positioning Climate Resilient Green Economy for the Post COVID-19 World.” This gathering aims to discuss the financing of decarbonization and other infrastructure projects to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Ironically, the AGM is […]

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Stand with the people of Myanmar! Denounce the execution of activists and rights defenders!

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[Trigger Warning: killings and dehumanization] The Asia-Pacific Research Network (APRN) registers its condemnation on the execution of four activists by the Myanmar military dictatorship last July 25. Reports say that the victims namely Kyaw Min Yu, Phyo Zeyar Thaw, Hla Myo Aung, and Aung Thura Zaw were accused of “aiding armed rebels,” which according to […]

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Reclaim the rights, fight for genuine recovery and justice! Build solidarity with the workers and oppressed people!

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APRN May Day Statement The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) joins the working class across the globe in celebrating the International Day of Workers’ Movement. APRN salutes the healthcare workers and the economic frontline workers for dedicating their lives and keeping the economy from further collapse during the pandemic. The network continues to support the […]

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APRN statement on the 2021 IMF-WBG Annual Meetings

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We, the Asia Pacific Research Network, representing 56 organisations from 18 countries, are one with the fight against IMF-WBG and its anti-people agenda. For 76 years, the International Monetary Fund – World Bank has forwarded a corrupt and decaying brand of development which excludes the great majority of the world’s peoples.  Now, its touted “recovery […]

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APRN-RESIST joint statement on the AUKUS deal

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On September 15, the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia announced their newly forged trilateral military alliance– AUKUS. A stated aspect of the agreement is the modernization of military assets to address growing “security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.”[1] The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) and the RESIST US-led War Movement (RESIST) consider the AUKUS […]

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Cutting thru lies: Dictatorships, disinformation and sacred cows

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We, the Asia Pacific Research Network, stand with the Filipino people in remembering the martial law and atrocities committed by the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The Network expresses its strong support for the Filipinos fighting for truth and democracy against tyrants.  Forty-nine years ago, Marcos issued Proclamation No. 1081, a declaration of martial rule […]

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Hands off Otto De Vries! Hands off EILER! — research group

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The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) strongly condemns the attack against our fellow researcher and trade union activist Otto De Vrie. The Philippine government cancelled his permanent visa and issued a deportation order to De Vrie because of his active participation in the labor rights  advocacy.  According to documents issued by the Philippines’ Bureau of […]

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APF/ACSC 2020 opening statement

Stepping into the new decade, the world is confronted with a multitude of crises. COVID-19 has continuously exposed and exacerbated existing societal ills across the world: from the overall poor public health systems that are ill-equipped to contain health crises; the failure of the prevailing neoliberal economic framework in providing to those who most need […]

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APRN vehemently denounces the Duterte government’s shutdown of ABS-CBN

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The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) vehemently denounces the Duterte government’s shutdown of ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ top broadcasting station, which has been in existence for 74 years. While it is a corporate entity, ABS-CBN has been providing information and commentary that do not conform to those promoted by the government, especially about issues widely seen […]

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