SAFTA and the Stakes of LDCs

Friday 10 February 2012Date: November 2011 Author/s: EquityBD Type: Campaign Paper Keyword/s: South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA), least developed countries (LDCs), free trade areas (FTAs), regional cooperation, free trade, economic growth The South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) is expected to emerge by 2016. However, intra-regional trade still stands at less than 5% of the region’s total global trade. Countries under SAFTA are unequal in terms of distribution of potential gains from the regional cooperation (...) Read more >>

SAARC Food Bank

Friday 10 February 2012Date: November 2011 Author/s: EquityBD Type: Campaign Paper Keyword/s: SAARC Food Bank, food security Campaign Brief #4 (SAARC Food Bank) is calling for the SAARC governments to make the SAARC Food Bank more broad-based and responsive to the needs of the people. It calls for the SAARC leaders to reaffirm their commitment in creating a common “regional and sub-regional collective self-reliance with respect to food security as a means of combating the adverse effect of natural and man-made (...) Read more >>

Promoting SDGs for eradication of poverty in South Asia

Friday 10 February 2012Date: November 2011 Author/s: EquityBD Type: Campaign Paper Keyword/s: SAARC Development Goals, poverty eradication, SAARC Food Bank, SAARC Seed Bank, South Asian Economic Union, visa-free South Asia Campaign Brief #5 (Promoting SDGs for Eradication of Poverty in South Asia) urges SAARC leaders to promote the SAARC Development Goals (SDGs) and pushes for specific recommendations to help realize these SDGs in order to address the issues of poverty and underdevelopment in the region. The (...) Read more >>

Militarization in South Asia

Friday 10 February 2012Date: November 2011 Author: EquityBD Type: Campaign Paper Keyword/s: militarization in South Asia, SAARC The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit will be held on November 10-11 in Maldives. SAARC is an organization of South Asian nations, which include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan. The Republic of Maldives declared “Building Bridges” – both in terms of physical connectivity and figurative political dialogue – as (...) Read more >>

Food Security in South Asia

Friday 10 February 2012Date: November 2011 Author/s: EquityBD Type: Campaign Paper Keyword/s: food security, SAARC, SAARC Seed Bank, right to food The campaign calls for (i) the operationalization of the Seed Bank as proposed by Prime Minister Shiek Hasina in the last SAARC Summit, (ii) faster regional trade in food (which is currently at 12.8 % while global trade in food is at 17.2%), (iii) removal of export restrictions, tariff and non-tariff barriers within SAARC countries, with respect to food; promotion (...) Read more >>

FIDC Asia-Pacific Towards Stronger International Solidarity

Friday 10 February 2012Representatives of workers, peasants, indigenous peoples, minority nationalities, migrants, women, youth and other social movements in the Asia-Pacific region, gathered at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City, Philippines on 2-3 July 2011 for the Asia Regional Forum of the FIDC, a network of social movements in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. During these two days, participants discussed the burning questions that affect (...) Read more >>

FIDC Asia-Pacific Declaration

Friday 10 February 2012FIDC ASIA-PACIFIC DECLARATION FIDC Asia Regional Forum, Manila, 2-3 July2011 1. We representatives of workers, peasants, indigenous peoples, minority nationalities, migrants, women, youth and other social movements in the Asia-Pacific region, have gathered here at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City, Philippines on July 2 and 3, 2011 for the Asia Regional Forum of the FIDC, a network of social movements in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. In the past two (...) Read more >>

Asia-Pacific Anti-US Bases Network statement on the impending bombing of Gureombi, Jeju

Thursday 9 February 2012Date: 17 November 2011 Type: Statement Keyword/s: US bases, Asia Pacific Anti-US Bases Network, US imperialism, South Korea Save Jeju Island! Don’t bomb Gureombi! U.S. troops out of Korea now! Statement of the Asia Pacific Anti-US Bases Network on the impending bombing of Gureombi, Jeju Island November 17, 2011 Uphold national sovereignty and patrimony of South Korea! Save Jeju Island! Uproot U.S. military troops from Jeju and South Korea now! These are our calls in the Asia Pacific (...) Read more >>

Honoring 100 women to mark 100 years of women’s resistance

Thursday 9 February 2012Date of Activity: 15 October 2011 Organizer: Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC) October 15 marks the day of the International Rural Women’s Day. It is also the eve of World Food Day. This highlights the critical roles rural women play in improving food security, enhancing agricultural and rural development, and eradicating rural poverty. Today, the Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC) honours exceptional rural women and advocates from several countries across Asia who continuously fight (...) Read more >>

More than 10,000 peasants to walk in protest of landlessness and exploitation

Thursday 9 February 2012Date of Activity: 10 October 2011 More than 10,000 peasants from Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental will walk starting October 19 and will converge in Cagayan de Oro City on October 21 to press for genuine agrarian reform in Northern Mindanao as the country honours the October Peasant Month. Dubbed as "Lakbayang Mag-uumaalang sa Yuta, Katungodug Katilingbanong Hustisya" (Peasant Protest March for Land, Rights and Social Justice), the protesters will bring issues from their respective farms to (...) Read more >>

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