Join the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples’ Forum
“Towards a Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe -
Building States of Citizens for Citizens”
Milan, Italy, 10-12 October 2014
On 16-17th October 2014 the 10th Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM10) will take place in Milan hosted by The European Union. Heads of State and Government from across Asia and Europe will meet to discuss their future priorities and plans. Prior to ASEM10, the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) will hold its 10th biennial People’s Forum on 10-12 October 2014 under the title “Towards a Just and Inclusive Asia and Europe - Building States of Citizens for Citizens”.
The 9th Asia Europe People’s Forum (AEPF9) took place from 16 to 19 October 2012 in Vientiane, Laos. The AEPF9 tackled four major themes, or People’s Visions, which represent AEPF’s hopes for citizens of the ASEM member countries and the communities they live in. These were:
Universal Social Protection and Access to Essential Services;
Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Land and Natural Resource Management;
Sustainable Energy Production and Use; and
Just Work and Sustainable Livelihoods.
Preceding the 9th Asia-Europe People’s Forum, three preparatory workshops in South and South-East Asia on the four themes were held. In Laos, 17 provincial level consultations were held, which contributed to the development of a Lao People’s Vision Statement. These brought together the reflections, aspirations and visions of the Lao people from a wide range of citizen groups, civil society and mass organizations across Lao society; a first in both AEPF and Lao PDR history. They are an important contribution to future dialogues for more equitable development and seen as part of Laos’ commitment to strengthening partnerships for development and increasing people’s participation.