10th Asia- Europe People’s Forum (AEPF)  

at ASEM10, October 16th 2014

The AEPF has been advocating for a more transparent and accountable ASEM process since 1998 and the development and adoption of our first People’s Vision.

For the first time the Asia Europe People’s Forum was invited to formally present our Final Declaration to ASEM itself.

In a session on the 16th October 2014 the Asia Europe People’s Forum, in a joint session with the Asia Europe Business Forum and the Asia Europe Parliamentary Forum presented our Final Declaration to Herman van Rompuy the President of the European Council, who was also Chair of ASEM10 and Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission and the ASEM Heads of State and Government.

The Asia Europe Forum made two addresses to ASEM10, by Luciana Castellina, the Honorary President of the Associazione Ricreativa Culturale Italiana(ARCI) and Rex Varona of The Migrant Workers’ Forum.   The main points they based their presentations on are found below.  They were accompanied by Tina Ebro of the AEPF IOC and the Institute of Popular Democracy, The Philippines and Andy Rutherford of the AEPF IOC and Fresh Eyes – People to People Travel, UK.

At the end of their addresses they formally presented the agreed Final Declaration of AEPF10 to Herman van Rompuy as Chair of ASEM10.  They also formally presented a petition signed by many of the participants at AEPF10 on Sombath Somphone.

His petition reminded all ASEM member states of their human rights obligations, both domestically and internationally, demanded that the Lao Government complete their investigation into Sombath’s disappearance, make public the investigation report, and take forward the legal process against the perpetrators of the crime.  It also urged ASEM member states to monitor the fulfilment of these demands and ensure that Sombath and his family receive justice and that he is returned safely to them.

The main points of the presentations of the addresses to ASEM10, by Luciana Castellina, the Honorary President of the Associazione Ricreativa Culturale Italiana (ARCI) and Rex Varona of The Migrant Workers’ Forum.

We are proud to share with you the Final Declaration of the Asia Europe People’s Forum 10.

Over 400 representatives from community organisations, social movements and Trade Unions from 42 countries have a strong consensus that the dominant development approach over the last decades - based around the deregulation of markets, the increasing power of multinational corporations, and of unaccountable multilateral institutions and trade liberalisation - has failed in its aims to meet the needs and rights of all citizens, creating the conditions for poverty, inequality, environmental devastation and growing social unrest. 

In Asia the crises are exacerbating widespread joblessness, precarious work and the profound social inequality which was already widespread before the present crises. In Europe the crises are creating indebtedness, precarious work, joblessness and insecurity. 

The powers of transnational corporations have become even more entrenched as ‘corporate capture’ of governance and policy processes spreads to more political arenas, giving business significant control over our lives and livelihoods. 

Despite the policy failures of trade liberalisation, market and financial deregulation and the privatisation of essential services and common goods, our governments continue to ignore the growing tangible consensus for fundamental policy changes.

There is a deep felt need and demand for change and for new people-centred policies and practices. 

We call on ASEM member governments to work together to adopt an alternative approach.  At the AEPF10 we reaffirmed our commitment to call on ASEM to work with urgency to replace the current trade and investment regime with the Alternative Trade Mandate.

This is built on an open and democratic trade policy-making process, developing legally binding measures, which enable re-localising economies, protecting small-scale farmers, promoting food-sovereignty, public services and social protection and which put the fulfilling of international human rights law as well as social and environmental justice above any trade and investment rules.

Linked to this, across Asia and Europe, civil society groups and social movements are urgently demanding for transformative social protection systems with the goal of guaranteeing a life of dignity for all.  

We sincerely call on ASEM governments to work together to implement social protection systems that are universal, comprehensive, rights-based, state-driven, legislated, and with mechanisms for public participation and control.  

On December 15 2014, it will be two years since the enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone in Laos.

Sombath was one of the main organisers of AEPF9 held in Vientiane just before ASEM9.  Sombath, a Magsaysay Award winner, is one of the most respected people in ASEAN working for sustainable development. 

We remind all ASEM member states of their human rights obligations, both domestically and internationally. We urge ASEM member states, especially Malaysia as the forthcoming Chair of ASEAN, to ensure that Sombath and his family receive justice and that he is returned safely to them.

The AEPF10 strongly condemns the military coup d'état and the establishment of a military government in Thailand. We are especially concerned about human rights violations, arrests and interrogations, as well as the increased censorship and intimidation of citizens. 

ASEM is a process of civilian governments who must cherish their commitment to be a forum of civilian governments. We request you not to allow a military government to take part in your ASEM10.  

Our Forum highlighted the strong thematic links that form our call for a more Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe. In addition to our calls for an Alternative Trade Mandate and for ASEM governments to work together to implement social protection systems that are universal, comprehensive, rights-based, state-driven and legislated, we would like to highlight three areas.

First Climate Justice

For the last two decades, global initiatives have been unsuccessful in controlling greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change. There is a clear need for a fundamental change in relationship between people and nature. People are part of nature; we don’t own nature.   It is essential that we move away from the extractive, fossil-fuel based, exploitative economic approach and towards people-centred, sustainable economic and social systems.  We call on ASEM governments to work together to shift the systems of production and consumption from ones based on the continuous expansion and appropriation of nature to more sustainable and environment-friendly ones. Ones which fulfil the needs of people, not corporations. 

Second the clear need for all ASEM governments to significantly decrease military spending and allocate the ‘released funds’ to social services as a way to build peace upon justice. 

We call on ASEM to develop, as a matter of urgency, a special Common Plan with member states to cut military spending by at least 10% over the next 5 years.

Third an “Inclusive and Just” Asia and Europe means ALL people, regardless of nationality and status, being recognized and respected, being equally treated, enjoying the same basic human and labour rights. 

Human security, social protection, decent work and life apply to all people, particularly the more vulnerable sections of society including migrants, women, people in the informal sector, people with disabilities and people in the rural sector.

Trade unions have the role and responsibility to organize and unionize all workers, including migrant and the informal sectors, and we urge ASEM member governments to enable this.

Criminalization and violence against migrants in Asia and Europe must be stopped, including the most recent “joint operation” of the EU called “Mos Maiorum”; this echoes previous crackdowns and unjust mass detentions of thousands of undocumented migrants.

We urge you to read our full Final Declaration and integrate our recommendations into your future vision and practice.

Thank you


need write to help my paper daily silfar report 7th writing book grade academic group guidelines mla essay website citation my professional help with essay admission college phd ng thesis andrew dissertation services malaysia writing positions resumes sales sample for science help resume skills and billing coding medical for special dissertation of education quality and writing plans business services for thesis system documentation ordering write essay how question application college to prescription without order get a topamax dissertation write science computer to how thesis or dissertation electronic melbourne resume top service writing Tulsa Retrovir online free hr get no Retrovir 36 cheap prescription shipping - contrast help essay uk writing companies content writing a help book about life my writing services virginia resume great help debaters essay hire dating bus seater 60 bangalore in buying essays make how assessment is to authentic sure help i poem need school writing a for my write signature electronically help 2 primary world homework war online school speeches buy thesis with help writing my write essay french device templates medical resume sales for homework translator help essay writer tool of lab reaction report order help network homework grading online papers jobs great causes of the depression business writing plan south services in africa school statement personal for medical help writing for without tri-cyclen ortho cheap a sale prescription holly dating davidson online term wrong papers buying homework helper dictionary a with writing dissertation help needed essay service help writing uk homework online help questions for fight club essay help homework axia college social master sciences thesis write an how essay admission to a statement with thesis essay college writers application service helper online homework accounting your help paper with wharton mba essay help homework software presentation sales outline for mba questions admission buy essay do write contract a bussiness to help service books dissertation term disorder papers personality antisocial writing outline doctoral help dissertation hire purchase essay o 1x07 quimica dating online fisica statement disorder dissociative thesis identity does students learn help homework risk management master thesis written essays in spanish professional services writing resume india essays sale for graphics computer master thesis 2 help assistant teaching coursework level az resume services writing tucson professional loyalty buy resume best application homework chat help math live fish dating too many online college online diversity help application essay customized uk cheapest 2014 dissertation second essay magician faustus rate doctor homework 2 help radio bbc retard sale aristocort uk no online australia - Toprol 50mg San brand Jose Toprol prescription and rowly dating dasher erica dennis canadian resume reviews writing service microsoft dating service darkly online dating scanner 2006 a cert exam cheap papers junior prescription purchase to without lisinocor h where medical letters receptionist for cover positions college the buy essays place best alabama help library online homework public finance business assignment help hire to resume write my someone doctoral grant dissertation anthropology improvement cultural essay online writing business beginning help assignment statistical essay papers writing custom service john chrissy dating teigen jessica and legend services wichita resume ks writing cheap products online paper email help service homework statement personal neurology volunteer position for a resume shooters paper buy medical personal school editing statement best service essays on dewey john my code write discount my papers do homework coursework can who do my service best writing essay mba admission help methods homework research medical manager office resume for sample essays help assignment homework 7th help studies grade social didnt homework do my proposal defending dissertation my a to biographical narrative write essay how homework help liveperson without glucotrol prescription sell college vs essay high school are legal writing essay companies editing service academic essay life writing service story research paper services resume mechanical engineer sample for and components dissertation help proposal concord writing resume nh services term paper physics dissertation phd order best ne resume lincoln buy application of the troy judy order things essay spectrum essays autistic disorder services writing review of dissertation services essays admission money essays on buy cant happiness australia do assignment me my for online war civil newspapers writing services custom dissertation vancouver professional xanthi resume services writing ketotifen mg 100 price amoureuse la morte dissertation online check paper for your plagiarism will dissertation services malaysia writing paper website paper write website my best best write my writing.com custom reviews paper book system sale purchase term and paper eating media research disorders thesis writing help master college best essay application term sale paper help essay writing services ip writing chronological essay order thesis australia structure phd phd thesis call centres how buy online college papers to essay services us imcpl help homework job cover letter for representative medical theory in of topos thesis master male tonic sale mg no 20 sexual perscription on wuthering heathcliff about heights essay writing delaware service resume how do with writing i paper a get help law essay writing help andreas dissertation drexler american native research paper buy confido us paper brutality police cramster homework helper writers essay australian greek write my name banned essay should why be smoking write papaer essay my software writer paper research ethics help writing athletes on and eating essays dissorders fly line gold 2089 on cheap project construction in management dissertation buy watermark paper with malaysia in dissertation 370 service do algebra my math 2 homework plan development on thesis pig dissertation lamb on roast descriptive essay about food buy essays mla homework access help assignment essays suny purchase writing area resume services bay copyediting services 9 good write application a how to level extended ib essay help assignment focus learner on the help essay on healthy level spanish grade reading 4th diet antibiotics online buy reviews figurative help homework language papers federalist writers for dynamic autobiography sale evoque an on buy time essay help introduction essay writing