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.
February 5, 2013
Re: Request urgent investigation into the disappearance of Mr. Sombath Somphone
We, members of parliament across Asia and Europe, write to you deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of Mr. Sombath Somphone one of the most prominent Lao co-organizers of the Asia Europe People’s Forum 9, the founder and former Director of PADETC and one of the most respected and influential voices for sustainable people-centred and just economic and social development in Laos as well as in Asia.