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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