Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development

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CSOs in Sri Lanka urge the GCF to approve Project Proposal

The Board Members,
Green Climate Fund

We, the undersigned civil society organizations in Sri Lanka, wish to bring to your notice the serious misunderstanding of facts and ground reality in the Independent Technical Advisory Panel (ITAP) I review of climate adaptation proposal from Sri Lanka.

We wish to reiterate that the proposal: Strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers in the Dry Zone to climate variability and extreme events through an integrated approach to water management was developed with wide consultation of CSOs and local NGOs and communities at risk and under pressure due to climate change. The proposal was entirely country driven and reflects strong ownership of CSOs representing these vulnerable communities in both conflict-affected and non-conflict-affected districts in the three provinces.

We were extremely pleased when the project obtained necessary clearances from the GCF Secretariat and was listed for Board approval in June. We, however, strongly disagree with ITAP’s assessment which we believe stems from misunderstanding of Sri Lanka’s current context as a post-conflict country and civil society’s engagement on the ground.

We would like to highlight our response and considerations for the Board in light of ITAP’s concerns and assessment:

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PIGLAS PILIPINAS: PH part of global movement to end fossil fuels


PIGLAS PILIPINAS: PH part of global movement to end fossil fuels

10,000 to mobilize against Batangas coal plant on May 4

MANILA, Philippines, April 6, 2016 – Church groups, concerned citizens, social movements, and civil society organizations are about to launch Piglas Batangas! Piglas Pilipinas!, a national campaign initiative against coal and other dirty and harmful energy.

The highlight of this initiative will be a 10,000-strong mobilization on May 4 in the Batangas Provincial Sports Complex to stop the building of a 600-megawatt coal plant in Batangas City and to call for a moratorium on all new coal-fired power plants in the entire country.

“It is immoral to burden future generations with pollution and the cost of mistaken energy choices made today. It is time to end the age of coal,” said Lipa’s Roman Catholic archbishop Ramon Arguelles.

Lipa’s Archdiocesan Ministry on Environment (AMEn) is leading the strong and broad local opposition to coal, which has led to a delay in the construction of a third coal plant in the province. The proposed 600-megawatt plant in Brgy. Pinamucan Ibaba, Batangas City is a project of the Gokongwei-owned JG Summit Holdings.

Piglas Batangas! Piglas Pilipinas! will kick off “Break Free from Fossil Fuels 2016”, a globally coordinated effort to escalate the fight against fossil fuels and to accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy. Mass actions are scheduled until May 15 in other countries such as Indonesia, Nigeria, Brazil, the United States, Germany, and Australia.

“Almost 200 countries agreed last December in Paris to limit global warming, but the Philippines and many others are still putting up new coal, gas, oil and other fossil fuel projects. Through Break Free, the global climate movement will be demanding our world leaders to practice what they preach,” said Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development, board member of, and global steering committee member of Break Free.

Other coal-affected communities and anti-coal campaigners mostly from Southern Luzon and Metro Manila will join the May 4 mobilization at the Batangas Provincial Sports Complex.

Piglas symbolizes nationwide opposition to coal mining and coal energy, as well as other forms of dirty energy. It is appalling that there are 17 existing coal plants in the country and 29 more still in the pipeline, particularly in Quezon and Davao,” explained Ian Rivera, national coordinator of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice.

“The mobilization in Batangas also comes just a few days before the May 2016 elections. The future President of the Philippines should heed the call of the times and usher in a new era of the free from coal and other dirty forms of energy,” added Reuben Muni, climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

“We challenge the government to hasten the shift to renewable energy to prove its commitment to address climate change on its own. Why is it that more than 60% of energy projects in the pipeline are coal plants when we have abundant solar and wind resources?” asked Ruel Cabile, national coordinator of Aksyon Klima Pilipinas, referring to recent figures released by the Department of Energy.

The leaders of the Piglas campaign spoke of six demands of the national campaign, namely: (1) Cancel all plans, permits and construction stage for coal-fired power plants in Batangas and the rest of the country; (2) implement a program for a swift phase out of the 19 existing coal-fired power plants nationwide; (3) close down all coal mines beginning with Semirara and cancel all plans and permits for new coal mines; (4) mobilize domestic and international climate finance and implement a comprehensive program for a quick transition to clean and renewable energy; (5) ensure a just transition to clean and renewable energy; and (6) implement a community-managed rehabilitation program for all local communities and ecosystems affected by coal plants and coal mines.



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Climate justice dialogue held in Nepal

South Asian Alliance for Poverty Alleviation, 22 November 2015

Campaign for Climate Justice Nepal (CCJN), as the Nepal arm of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (GCDCJ) in collaboration with Rural Reconstruction Nepal, South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) and LDC Watch has organised  a half-day “Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Climate Justice” on 22nd November 2015 in Kathmandu.

Speaking as the Chief Guest Mr Bishwendra Paswan, Minister for Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE) said that, developed countries have the upper hand in the climate change negotiations and as poor countries we have not been treated fairly by developed countries.

Special Guest Dr Krishna Chandra Poudel, Secretary of MoSTE pointed out that, although Nepal along with LDC Group has been strongly demanding for keeping the temperature below 1.5-degree celsius and climate finance, we need to be flexible given tough negotiations with developed countries at the COP 21.

Dr Sarba Raj Khadka, Coordinator of CCJN put forward his views that, the heart of climate justice is the understanding that urgent action needed to address climate change based on community-led solutions and well-being of local communities, indigenous peoples and the global poor who are at the frontlines of climate catastrophes, despite being the least responsible for climate change. He further said that we will not be able to stop climate change if we don’t change the neo-liberal, corporate-based economy which stops us from achieving sustainable societies.

Ms Prerna Bomzan, Advocacy Coordinator of LDC Watch expressed that we need to demand for a legally binding post-2020 agreement in Paris with a balanced outcome, making the agreement more accountable for developed countries’ historical responsibility towards developing countries and especially LDCs.

Mr Raju Pandit Chhetri briefed the participants in regards to the mechanism of the international climate negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and what is at stake at COP 21 in Paris.

The interaction programme was organised in the context of the 21st Conference of Parties (CoP21) of the UNFCCC scheduled from 30 Nov to 11 Dec 2015 in Paris, France. This conference will adopt a new climate agreement which will take effect post-2020 after the end of Kyoto Protocol.

The programme was chaired by Dr Sarba Raj Khadka, Coordinator of CCJN and Ms Sharmila Karki, Member of CCJN and President, NGO Federation of Nepal welcomed the participants and facilitated the dialogue.

Earlier the CCJN had organised regional level dialogues and consultations in Dhangadhi and Dhankuta on 18 November 2015 with the participation of different groups such as peasants, workers’ groups, natural resources user groups, indigenous groups, Dalits, women and representatives of different federations and networks working in the fields of human rights and people’s empowerment.

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Filipino, other Asian activists call on Pakistan government for release of fisherfolk leader Saeed Baloch

MANILA, 2 February 2016 – Filipino activists protested today outside the Pakistan embassy in the Philippines [1], joining Asian and other activists across the world in demanding the immediate release of fisherfolk leader Saeed Baloch.

Baloch is the secretary general of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), a movement across four million fisherfolk communities in Pakistan and a long-time member of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD). A noted human rights activist, labor unionist and movement leader, he was unjustly held for questioning by paramilitary forces last January 16 in Karachi and has been detained since, allegedly for financing gang wars in the Sindh provincial capital.

APMDD joined its members the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, Focus on the Global South, and Sanlakas, as well as its allies NGO Forum on ADB, Aniban ng Mangagawang Agrikultura, Alyansa Tigil Mina, and Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa sa Maralitang ng Lungsod in the demonstration in Makati City. Representatives also delivered the groups' calls to Pakistani embassy officials.

The groups endorsed the APMDD statement [2] dated January 19 which condemned the unjust arrest of Baloch by the Pakistan Rangers and demanded his immediate release.

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Release Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum Secretary General Saeed Baloch!

Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development


19 January 2016

The Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) condemns the unjust arrest of one of our leaders, Saeed Baloch, by paramilitary forces in Pakistan last January 16, and demands his immediate release.

Saeed is the Secretary General of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), a long-time APMDD member organization and a powerful social movement, with more than 70,000 members across four million fisherfolk communities in the country. He is a member of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission. He is also the elected Secretary General of the workers union of the Fishermen’s Cooperative Society (FCS) in Karachi.

A noted human rights activist, labor unionist and movement leader, Saeed was “invited” for questioning by the Pakistan Rangers last Saturday afternoon and has been detained since, allegedly for financing gang wars in the Sindh provincial capital.

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