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Statements

Statements of Previous ACSC/APF

Background

               ACSC/APF is an annual/ regular forum of CSOs in ASEAN Member States, which is held as a parallel meeting to the ASEAN Summit of Heads of State. The meeting is hosted by civil society in the country which it is being hosted     

               Participants of this forum come from civil society organizations, NGOs, people’s organizations, and people’s movements.

               The ACSC/APF also features a forum through which participants can better understand the host country from the perspective of civil society.

               In this meeting, CSOs bring up broad issues from different sectors and concerns, such as human rights, development, trade, environment, youth, and culture, affecting many countries in the region.

               Initially, this forum was named as ACSC (the 1st ACSC in Malaysia – 2005), and adopted in the Philippines (2006) and Singapore (2007). The additional name APF was added during the IV ACSC (2009) in order to accommodate the different interpretation towards the term CSO and people’s organizations from Thailand’s CSOs. Since then, different titles have been used for the ACSC/APF forum in the subsequent meetings.

               The output from this meeting is a joint statement and recommendation for the ASEAN Leaders regarding the ASEAN Summit. A feature of the ACSC/APF is to open spaces for dialogue with ASEAN Leaders. Whether CSO representatives are able to meet with ASEAN Heads of State in the form of an Interface during the ACSC/APF depends upon the attitude of the government hosting the Summit and ACSC/APF. Nevertheless, the joint statements and recommendations are submitted to the ASEAN Secretariat and the government representatives

YearHostThemes
2005MalaysiaBuilding a Common Future Together Read more
2006PhilippinesCreating a Caring and Sharing Community – Enhancing People’s Participation in Governance and Development Read more
2007SingaporeMoving Forward – Building an ASEAN+ People’s Agenda Read more
2009/1ThailandAdvancing a Peoples’ ASEAN Read more
2009/2ThailandAdvancing a Peoples’ ASEAN Read more
2010Viet NamSolidarity and Action for a People Oriented ASEANRead more
2011IndonesiaClaiming a People-Centered ASEAN for a Just Global CommunityRead more
2012/1CambodiaTransforming ASEAN into a People Centered CommunityRead more
2012/2Cambodia Making a Peoples Center ASEAN a Reality Read more
2013Brunei DarussalamASEAN: Building Our Future Together Read more
2014MyanmarAdvancing ASEAN Peoples’ Solidarity Toward Sustainable Peace, Development, Justice and Democratisation Read more
2015MalaysiaReclaiming The ASEAN community for The People Read more
2016Timor-LesteExpanding Peoples’ Solidarity for a Just and Inclusive ASEAN Community Read more
2017PhilippinesBeyond Boundaries : Strengthening Peoples’ Solidarities for a Just, Equitable, and Humane Southeast Asia Read more
2018SingaporeEmpowering Peoples’ Solidarity Against All Forms of Discrimination Read more
2019ThailandAdvancing Peoples’ Movements for Justice, Peace, Equality, Sustainability and Democracy in Southeast Asia Read more