People’s Goals Workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 2013

Jakarta Workshop Participants

On January 22, 2013, IBON International, WALHI (Friends of the Earth-Indonesia), and INDIES gathered peoples organizations, social movements and NGOs from across Indonesia to a workshop titled “Towards a Just and Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”

The workshop’s objectives were:

  1. To discuss the challenge of sustainable development in the global and Indonesian context
  2. To provide a background on the United Nation’s roadmap towards a post-2015 development framework
  3. To present the Campaign on Peoples Goals for Sustainable Development (CPGSD)
  4. To strategize how Indonesian social movements and civil society can campaign for a truly just, equitable and transformative development agenda for the post-2015 period

Antonio Tujan of IBON International gave an overview of the “development challenges of our time” while Ario Adityo of INDIES discussed the Indonesian context.

Natasha Ardiana of the UKP4 shared the background on the Post-2015 development agenda and the agenda for the upcoming meeting of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons for the post-2015 development agenda.

Wardarina of the Asia-Pacific Womens Forum for Law and Development presented a critique of the Millennium Development Goals and discussed principles that the proposed sustainable development goals should follow.

Paul Quintos of IBON International then gave a background on the CPGSD – its history, its objectives and plans for 2013.

This was followed by two panels composed of civil society and social movement leaders from Asia Pacific who discussed the ten thematic concerns of the Peoples Goals.

The 44 participants to the workshop then broke into small group discussions to discuss national and international campaigning for peoples goals.

Participants introduced themselves and the issues, campaigns, advocacies that their repsective organizations are working on, and how they relate to the Peoples Goals.  Participants then shared suggestions for promoting the peoples goals in Indonesia and Asia through education activities for members; for raising awareness of the general public; and strategies for influencing governments’ positions on the post-2015 development agenda. They also shared suggestions for major joint activities, actions and mobilizations including for the Bali HLPEP meeting.

After each of the breakout groups reported to the plenary, the participants discussed mechanisms for coordination at the country level, namely through the listserve and the Indonesian Peoples Alliance.

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The Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development (the People’s Goals) is comprised of a network of grassroots organizations, labor unions, social movements, non-governmental organizations and other institutions committed to forging new pathways to the future we want. The Campaign for People’s Goals serves as a platform to challenge governments, and the broader multilateral system to commit to real reforms that address the demands of the poor and marginalized under ten major thematic concerns.

The Campaign also serves to link the grassroots struggles of people’s organizations and social movements across the national boundaries, thematic sectors, and to connect these struggles from the local to the global. This is an opportunity to work collectively to advance the people’s causes, taking advantage of the ongoing official process of coming up with a post-2015 development framework.

Kindly go to http://peoplesgoals.org/about-us/ for more information about the campaign.

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Indonesian civil society launch alliance vs. WTO

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Make Trade Serve the People!

 Stop Neoliberal Trade Liberalization!

Junk WTO!

Indonesian civil society together with international organizations call for the junking of the WTO.

Indonesian civil society together with international organizations call for                               the junking of the WTO.

Representatives of Indonesian and international civil society organizations and grassroots organizations gathered in Jakarta to launch the Indonesian People’s Alliance (Aliansi Rakyat Indonesia) against the WTO and neoliberal trade liberalization. The launch took place at the Wisma YTKI on January 21, 2013.

IPA is organized as a broad campaign platform where initiatives could be facilitated and coordinated in order to respond Indonesia’s 2013 Global Agenda. Representatives of various grassroots organizations and movements (trade unions, peasant organizations, youth and student organizations, women’s organization, migrant workers, research groups, indigenous peoples and environmental organizations) deliberated on the challenges of upholding the people’s aspirations in the midst of these alarming trends.

Indonesia will be at the world’s center of attention as host of three major international meeting in 2013: the UN High Level Meeting on Post-2015 Development Agenda on March, the conference of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on October, and most importantly, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting on December.

According to Ario Adityo, managing director of the Institute for National and Democratic Studies (INDIES), “the success of these meetings is very crucial for the current regime under Susilo Bambang Yudhoyuno (SBY). Indonesia wants projects itself as country with stable economic growth amidst the global crisis to attract more foreign investments. Indonesia’s economic growth is currently pegged at 6.4% and projected to increase in the following years. However, this “growth” is not felt by the peoples of Indonesia. Historical impacts of the liberalization, deregulation, and privatization in Indonesia resulted in massive poverty, displacement and joblessness, violation of labor rights, and expropriation of land and natural resources. Because of these, Indonesians must unite to stop the neoliberal agenda of the major meetings that will take place in the country.”

“These meetings will not be able to provide a solution to the global crisis and pull people out of multidimensional poverty, since they always recommend the same solutions which in fact has brought the world into the abyss of the current crisis. In the case of Indonesia, neoliberal trade agreements allowed foreign companies to exploit the natural resources of the country. While the companies raked in large profits, local populations and indigenous peoples suffered from land grabbing and devastating impacts of environmental brought by oil drilling, mining operations, and plantations for commercial trees, palm, and tea. ” said Ahmad SH of Walhi.

IBON International, which is among the international civil society organizations that attended the launch called for a new trade regime that will respond to people’s needs. “We need an alternative trade regime,” said Paul Quintos of IBON International and lead coordinator of the Campaign for People’s Sustainable Development Goals. Quintos further pointed out that  “poor countries are consistently at the losing end of trade agreements that promote neoliberalization. They have been coerced to adopt policies which favour foreign investors and companies over local ones. Developing countries are suffering the brunt of the crisis brought by the failing trade and financial systems. The international trade, financial and monetary architecture must be restructured to create enabling conditions for poor countries to develop.”

IPA will embark in a year-long campaign in the run-up to WTO Ministerial Conference on December 2013 that would focus on the whole trade and development discourse. A series of research-education-information, consolidation and mobilizations will be conducted and coordinated by IPA. Various initiatives will be concluded in a ‘Peoples Global Camps’ that will be the space for civil society and grassroots organizations from all over the world to campaigning around the WTO and neoliberal trade liberalizaton.

For more information please contact Ahmad SH, Walhi (Indonesian Environmental Forum), ahmad.walhi @ gmail.com , +6281337374038.