ACSC/APF2015 Conference Engaging 27th ASEAN Summit Workshop
“People-Centered ASEAN Community: Making It Happen”
Civil Society Engaging at 27th ASEAN Summit
Completing the ACSC/APF2015, the regional steering committee (RSC) meeting on 16th August 2015 in Kuala Lumpur discussed and decided that it was important that civil society engage and be present at the 27th ASEAN Summit. This is motivated by:
- The ASEAN Community will be coming into being at the end of 2015 as envisioned by ASEAN. How this ASEAN Community has impacted the livelihood of the peoples in the region and how much say did the peoples in the region have in the process of determining the direction and shaping the regional community, is a matter of concern which needs a holistic, critical and thorough review by civil society, especially in view of the plan of ASEAN governments to craft a new long term plan for the region post 2015.
- The ACSC/APF process has made a full cycle of rotation among the 10 ASEAN member states in the last 10 years and is back to Malaysia as the hosting country. It is timely for civil society organizations in the region to take stock and critically reflect on the directions, strategies, processes and impacts of the ACSC/APF in the past 10 years in terms of influencing the policy decision making of ASEAN in the regional development and integration. This will help civil society in the region to chart a new course of directions and actions in addressing the new challenges in the post 2015 context.
The 27th ASEAN Summit will be held on 18-22 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur and CSOs will organize a conference just prior to it. The RSC / NOC plans to organize the Conference titled “ACSC/APF2015 Conference Engaging the 27th ASEAN Summit Workshop” with the theme of “People-Centered ASEAN Community: Making It Happen” on 17-19 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.
The overall goals of the ACSC/APF2015 Conference Engaging 27th ASEAN Summit Workshop are:
- To evaluate the ASEAN Community and Post-2015 ASEAN Vision that is to be launched at the Summit;
- To follow up with the ASEAN government post-ACSC/APF 2015 on the Final Statement submitted;
- To evaluate the quality of ASEAN engaging with civil society, 10 years since the inception of ACSC/APF;
- To have bilateral dialogue with governments and other inter-governmental agencies.
The ACSC/APF2015 Conference Engaging 27th ASEAN Summit Workshop is expected to be attended by about 130-150 participants with 40 participants from Malaysia and 90 participants from other ASEAN countries.
Direct beneficiaries would include CSOs and Peoples Movements in ASEAN who are working on a wide range of issues, including human rights, democracy, peace, rule of law, minorities and sustainable development. The ASEAN governments that participated in the dialogue with civil society in the ACSC/APF2015 Conference Engaging 27th ASEAN Summit Workshop will be the other major beneficiaries.
- Better understanding of ASEAN Governments’ intended plan for ASEAN Community;
- Strengthened national advocacy processes via follow up actions at the national level, prior and subsequent to the ACSC/APF2015 Conference Engaging 27th ASEAN Summit Workshop;
- Joint statement and recommendations on regional issues which will be submitted to ASEAN leaders, ASEAN Secretariat, and distributed to all ASEAN member states and CSOs;
- Increased understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of ASEAN Community;
- Increased dialogue between CSOs and the different ASEAN stakeholders from different ASEAN countries;
- Strengthened solidarity, understanding and coordinated actions of ASEAN CSOs on issues affecting the region and ASEAN processes via various thematic forums during the ACSC/APF2015 Conference Engaging 27th ASEAN Summit Workshop.