Asia Europe People's Forum 2010

Challenging corporate power, building states of citizens for citizens
28 September 2010
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The AEPF this year in Brussels brought together citizens for dialogue, solidarity and action, as a platform from which to oppose corporate-dominated, undemocratic and neoliberal responses to ongoing crises.

 

>> Read the Call to Action (.pdf) that was concluded by civil society participating in AEPF 8.

>> Recommendations of Civil Society to ASEM 8 (.pdf)

>> Briefing on AEPF 8 / ASEM 8 (.pdf) 

>> Activists from across Asia explain how the EU's neoliberal trade agenda affects them: (1) Indonesia and China 

 

Introduction

From the 2-5 October 2010 the 8th Asia Europe People's Forum took place in Brussels, in parallel with the official Asia Europe Summit (ASEM8), where heads of state and government officials from Asia and Europe met to discuss future priorities and plans.

Social movements, trade unions, NGOs, networks, parliamentarians and policy-makers, women's organisations, youth, urban poor, migrants, peasants, farmers, fisherfolks and citizens from Asia and Europe participated in the AEPF; to voice their concerns, share their experiences and develop proposals for real alternatives to the status quo.

About the theme of AEPF 8: The battle between corporations and democracy


Overview of AEPF 2010 activities

For the full programme details, please visit the www.aepf.info/programme

02 October, Saturday:
0900-1300: Plenary sessions
1300-1400: LUNCH
1400-1500: Parallel Workshops
(Venue: Institut des Hautes Etudes en Communication Sociale)
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1900-2100: Evening Event, The World in Crises and Alternative Pathways (download .pdf)

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03 October, Sunday:
0900-1000: Open Space events / Video roundtable on AEPF
1000-1200: Open Space events,
Open Space Workshop on Migration, programme (download .pdf);
Workshop on Migration, about (download .pdf)
1200-1300: LUNCH
1300-1400: Open Space events
1500-1600: Final plenary
1600-1700: Debate with EU and Asian state officials
(Venue: Institut des Hautes Etudes en Communication Sociale)
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1900-2100: Evening event, The World in Crises and Alternative Pathways (download .pdf)

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04 October, Monday:
0900-1300: Policy Dialogues (Venue: Residence Palace)
1300-1400: Demonstration (Venue: Rond Point Schuman)
1400-1500: LUNCH
1500-1600: Policy Dialogues (Venue: Residence Palace)
1600-1700: Policy Dialogues / IBSA Seminar (Venue: Astrid Hotel)
1700-1800: IBSA Seminar (Venue: Astrid Hotel)
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05 October, Tuesday:
0900-1200: Forum in the European Parliament (download .pdf)

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TNI Spokespeople during ASEM8 and the Asia Europe People's Forum (.pdf)


Civil society recommendations to the Asia-Europe Meeting 2010

The Asia Europe Peoples' Forum puts forward detailed recommendations on how future ASEMs can become more accountable, transparent and relevant in meeting the needs of the people of Asia and Europe. Read more...


Four TNI scholar-activists talk about key topics for this year's AEPF

Susan George: European Union: most anti-democratic and neoliberal in history

Praful Bidwai: Power without responsibility? The rise of China and India

Ben Hayes: The EU Security-industrial Complex

Walden Bello: Class and conflict: tensions at the heart of Asia and Europe

Download the full booklet >>


Background

While the countries comprising ASEM make up over 60 per cent of the world's population - the agenda of these bi-annual meetings is routinely dominated by powerful corporate and financial interests. Given the severity of the economic and environmental crises facing people across both regions - and especially those whose voices are least represented - this alternative meeting of civil society and people's movements could not be more urgent.

The Asia Europe People's Forum (AEPF) began in 1996 in Bangkok before the first ASEM summit. AEPF is grounded in the common desire of people's organisations and social justice networks across Asia and Europe to open up new venues for dialogue, solidarity and action.

A series of events have been coordinated by the AEPF International Organizing Committee, together with local civil society networks and Belgian organizations - including a central conference; policy debates with Members of both the European Commission and the European Parliament; people's tribunals; workshops; and street actions. Activities will focus on the issue of corporate power and its influence over trade, finance, labour rights/decent work, food security and sovereignty, climate change, public services, social protection, peace and security, human rights and democratic accountability.

 

For all media enquiries, please contact Kathy Cumming (kathy.cumming[at]tni.org,  0031 657184159 -Dutch mobile; and during the Forum -Belgian no., 0032 487973489) and/or Nick Buxton (nick[at]tni.org, 0032487973488.).