AS trillions of dollars in stimulus packages are running out and as governments deliberate on new ones to stave off the inevitable collapse of the world economy, social movements especially Asians belonging to the Asia-Europe Peoples’ Forum (AEPF) urge decision-makers to re-think their assumptions and actions.
Statement from Laban ng Masa on the disaster brought by Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines
Solidarity and united action in this time of disaster,
but systems change is the enduring response
ALMOST 300 people were killed in the worst flood brought by Typhoon Ondoy (international name: Ketsana). Damage to agriculture and public and private infrastructures has been extensive. Now tens of thousands are homeless, living in packed temporary shelters, dependent on food donations, and with vague ideas of what their future would be, as two more typhoons threaten the Philippines.
RECLAIM PEOPLE'S DIGNITY
Transformative Social Protection:
A Democratic and Human Rights Response to the Crisis
WHEREAS the current financial and economic crisis is the worst that could be experienced in systemic boom-and-bust cycles since the Great Depression of the 1930s, occurring alongside crises in food security, energy, and climate change, causing 230 million to lose their jobs by the end of the year (ILO estimates) and pushing millions of workers and peasants back to hunger, poverty, and deprivation;
April 20, 2009
Civil society organizations participating in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Development Conference being hosted by the Philippines are calling on ASEM leaders to deliver sustainable development and commit to social protection measures as a "people-centered response to the crisis."
"We, from the civil society organizations in Asia and Europe, recognize the effort of the ASEM to discuss increased cooperation for achieving sustainable development in ASEM countries, focusing on progress in achieving the millennium development goals (MDGs), realising social inclusion, addressing climate change, and improving aid effectiveness. We believe ASEM leaders should take this unique opportunity to implement urgent measures to safeguard and protect the millions of poor who are most affected by the current economic crisis," the Asia-Europe People's Forum (AEPF) said in a statement.
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