10th Asia- Europe People’s Forum (AEPF)  

at ASEM10, October 16th 2014

The AEPF has been advocating for a more transparent and accountable ASEM process since 1998 and the development and adoption of our first People’s Vision.

For the first time the Asia Europe People’s Forum was invited to formally present our Final Declaration to ASEM itself.

In a session on the 16th October 2014 the Asia Europe People’s Forum, in a joint session with the Asia Europe Business Forum and the Asia Europe Parliamentary Forum presented our Final Declaration to Herman van Rompuy the President of the European Council, who was also Chair of ASEM10 and Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission and the ASEM Heads of State and Government.

We are proud to share with you the Final Declaration of the Asia Europe People’s Forum 10.

Over 400 representatives from community organisations, social movements and Trade Unions from 42 countries have a strong consensus that the dominant development approach over the last decades - based around the deregulation of markets, the increasing power of multinational corporations, and of unaccountable multilateral institutions and trade liberalisation - has failed in its aims to meet the needs and rights of all citizens, creating the conditions for poverty, inequality, environmental devastation and growing social unrest. 

In Asia the crises are exacerbating widespread joblessness, precarious work and the profound social inequality which was already widespread before the present crises. In Europe the crises are creating indebtedness, precarious work, joblessness and insecurity. 

aepf10logoA call to social movements, frontline communities

and campaigning networks, and progressive NGOs,

academics and parliamentarians across Asia and Europe:

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

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”. 

AEPF10 will tackle major themes or People’s Visions, which represent AEPF’s hopes for citizens of Europe and Asia.  These are:

-                Socially Just Trade and Investment

-               Universal and Transformative Social Protection – Guaranteed Decent Work and Sustainable Livelihoods, Access to Essential Services and Social Security for All;   

-                Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Land and Natural Resource Management;

-                Climate Justice, Sustainable Energy Production and Zero Waste; and

-                Peace and Security

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