Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development

A regional alliance of peoples’ movements, community organizations, coalitions, NGOs and networks

 

  • Save the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, Stop the Rampal Coal-fired Power Plant!

    Save the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, Stop the Rampal Coal-fired Power Plant!

    Save the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, Stop the Rampal Coal-fired Power Plant!

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  • Initial Response from Climate Justice Groups to Marrakech Outcomes

    Initial Response from Climate Justice Groups to Marrakech Outcomes

    Initial Response from Climate Justice Groups to Marrakech Outcomes

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  • Cooperation key to solving climate crisis

    Cooperation key to solving climate crisis

    Cooperation key to solving climate crisis

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  • Plus ça change: Paris Agreement enters into force, but more urgent action needed from countries meeting in Marrakech

    Plus ça change: Paris Agreement enters into force, but more urgent action needed from countries meeting in Marrakech

    Plus ça change: Paris Agreement enters into force, but more urgent action needed from countries meeting in Marrakech

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  • Civil society groups tell Green Climate Fund: NO to KEXIM and export credit agencies

    Civil society groups tell Green Climate Fund: NO to KEXIM and export credit agencies

    Civil society groups tell Green Climate Fund: NO to KEXIM and export credit agencies

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Tax Justice

  • Tax Administrators Roundtable, New Delhi, India

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  • ISSUE BRIEF: on the Philippines’ Illicit...

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Women & Gender

  • International Women’s Day: Renewing Our Commitment to the Emancipation and Empowerment of Women

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  • APMDD Workshop on Women, Land, Food and Climate

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Climate Justice

  • Intervention delivered by Lidy Nacpil at the COP22

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  • Paris Agreement signing: Asian alliance urges governments to solve climate crisis

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  • Could developing countries walk out of the Paris climate talks?

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  • Latest draft of Paris climate deal unacceptable – Asian movements

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  • PH groups launch climate justice march; call for strong climate deal in Paris

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Campaigns

Ecological Debt, Environmental Justice & Climate Change

  • Global Climate Justice Movements Refuse to Be Overshadowed by Election of Climate Change Denier to U.S. Presidency
    Global Climate Justice Movements Refuse to Be Overshadowed by Election of Climate Change Denier to U.S. Presidency
    Global Climate Justice Movements Refuse to Be Overshadowed by Election of Climate Change Denier to U.S. Presidency

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  • Cooperation key to solving climate crisis
    Cooperation key to solving climate crisis
    Cooperation key to solving climate crisis

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  • A call for urgent action to put an end to dirty energy
    A call for urgent action to put an end to dirty energy
    A call for urgent action to put an end to dirty energy

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  • Korean Federation for Environmental Movements urge Kexim Bank to end Coal Financing
    Korean Federation for Environmental Movements urge Kexim Bank to end Coal Financing
    Korean Federation for Environmental Movements urge Kexim Bank to end Coal Financing

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  • CSOs in Sri Lanka urge the GCF to approve Project Proposal
    CSOs in Sri Lanka urge the GCF to approve Project Proposal
    CSOs in Sri Lanka urge the GCF to approve Project Proposal

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Right to Essential Services & Natural Resources

  • Asian movements join global call for tax justice [PR]
    Asian movements join global call for tax justice [PR]
    Asian movements join global call for tax justice [PR]

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Global & Public Finance

  • Statement on the occasion of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank
    Statement on the occasion of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank
    Statement on the occasion of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank

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  • On the Panama Papers and Illicit Financial Flows
    On the Panama Papers and Illicit Financial Flows
    On the Panama Papers and Illicit Financial Flows

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  • UN climate fund must reject HSBC, Crédit Agricole - Asian movements
    UN climate fund must reject HSBC, Crédit Agricole - Asian movements
    UN climate fund must reject HSBC, Crédit Agricole - Asian movements

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  • Cancel Nepal’s debt – Nepali, Asian people’s groups [PR]
    Cancel Nepal’s debt – Nepali, Asian people’s groups [PR]
    Cancel Nepal’s debt – Nepali, Asian people’s groups [PR]

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Women & Gender

  • Tax and gender justice at the 13th AWID Forum: Staking our claim in a feminist future
    Tax and gender justice at the 13th AWID Forum: Staking our claim in a feminist future
    Tax and gender justice at the 13th AWID Forum: Staking our claim in a feminist future

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  • APMDD Gender and Tax Justice Primer
    APMDD Gender and Tax Justice Primer
    APMDD Gender and Tax Justice Primer

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  • Women and the crisis of land, food, water, and climate change (Issue brief)
    Women and the crisis of land, food, water, and climate change (Issue brief)
    Women and the crisis of land, food, water, and climate change (Issue brief)

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  • Relating Conditions of Women in Asia to Issues of Debt, Essential Services and Climate Change
    Relating Conditions of Women in Asia to Issues of Debt, Essential Services and Climate Change
    Relating Conditions of Women in Asia to Issues of Debt, Essential Services and Climate Change

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“Greed” economy and more disasters for humankind

philippines june 20 2011Expect more natural disasters, social and economic inequality and marginalization in the near future once the United States and other Northern countries succeeded in ramming through its proposed "Green Economy" in the upcoming Rio+20 Conference.

A historic conference to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22, this year, the Rio+20 Conference or the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), will review the extent of compliance by the participants to the first UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in 1992 also in Rio.

The first Rio Conference or UNCED is a watershed event of world significance. For the first time in history, state leaders and diplomats all over the globe formally recognized the environmental crisis in all its facets, contextualized this crisis within the prevailing social and economic systems and development, and defined the way to a sustainable future by integrating environmental and developmental solutions on a global scale on the basis of equitable international and domestic relations. UNCED came out with landmark documents and treaties such as Agenda 21, the Earth Charter and the Convention on Biodiversity, the Climate and Desertification – all giant strides to save the future for humankind.

Realizing the importance of Rio+20, the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) has sent three of its leaders to Rio to participate in a People's Summit together with delegates from other Philippine civil society organizations and will stage a mass action with other groups on June 20 to voice out its major concerns on the issues to be discussed at the Conference.

FDC's biggest concern is the "Green Economy" agenda being pushed by the United States and its allied countries, especially from the North in Rio+20. On the surface, "Green Economy" sounds environment-friendly, especially if it is described as the "new rallying point for the better integration of the three pillars of sustainable development," namely environmental protection, economic development and social development. However, as we go deeper, the substance and implications of this US, et al devise will result in the exact opposite of the principles and objectives of the first Rio.

First, this "Green Economy" concept pulls out the Green, the Environment, from Sustainable Development which includes the reform of production and consumption patterns through equitable international relations between the North and the South and social and gender equality in national societies – the mandate of UNCED. In the words of Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, US Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, the green economy means value ecosystems, developing clean energy technologies, improving energy efficiency and eliminating fossil fuel subsidies (European Policy Centre, 31 May 2012).

Second, ripped from Sustainable Development where it should be embedded, the "Green Economy" is reduced to technological innovation as the solution to the environmental crisis. The development of renewable energies and the reduction of resource use are pushed aside in favor of the "resource efficiency" of centralized, corporate forms of energy production and supply. The entry of the private, corporate sector is now assured.

Again, in the words of US Assistant Secretary Kerri-Ann Jones: "Engage the private sector, because the trajectory of where industry is heading is crucial. Create an environment in which green technology gets out quickly. Offer tax incentives. Look at cleaner production practices — and include them in free-trade agreements." (European Policy Centre, 31 May 2012).

Environment and climate change are now seen as new channels for renewed capital accumulation by the leading capitalist economies and states in the face of the continuing failure of global capital to recover from the economic crisis now gripping the capitalist world.

And third, the "Green Economy" is pushing an idea that is far more dangerous and disempowering to humankind: nature as capital. Nature's elements, like forests and their carbon sinks capacities are commodified. Nature becomes "resources" upon which property rights are established. The trading of "carbon credits" in the "carbon markets" makes the polluters compensate for their emissions. Carbon markets are now looking at forest to create "carbon credits" by valuating the function of trees forest to sequester carbon emissions. Mechanisms such as Reducing Emission through Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) promotes this new form of valuating of forests, hence commodifying the function of our natural resources while promoting carbon offsetting. With market-based instruments and mechanisms, rich, industrialized nations continue their "business as usual" operations by not cutting domestic emissions, but by buying carbon credits of developing countries to offset their continued levels of emissions.

Mother Nature will now have a price tag. Treating nature as capital and accompanying low carbon technologies will be the new drivers of "green growth." Commons or traditionally shared resources will now be allowed in the hands of few profit-driven corporations.

We believe that this framework will raise the commodification, privatization and financialization of nature, and accelerate further the concentration of control over nature by economic and political global and national elites to higher levels. The framework will deepen these processes and expand them to include all resources that are vital for survival, such as water, biodiversity, atmosphere, forests, lands, food, etc.

Once these natural resources are treated as economic goods – meaning they are owned privately, commodified and traded – the already highly inequitable and undemocratic structure, where a few control a vast portion of natural, economic and financial resources, will linger. Those who are poor will remain poor. Those who are marginalized will remain marginalized.

The "Green Economy" agenda is the latest manifestation of the dogged resistance put up by the United States and other major capitalist countries to international efforts to confront climate change and promote sustainable development in a global scale. They continue to drag their feet when it comes to implementing the principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR). This principle is anchored on the recognition of the historical responsibility of the US and other major capitalist countries to contribute more financially and technologically to climate change solution because they did more damage to the environment and climate. Until now, the US refuses to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. Canada renounced the Protocol last December 2011. The commitment by these countries to mobilize US$100 billion a year by 2020 to address the needs of the so-called developing countries is far short of the hundreds of billion dollars or even a trillion dollars more a year that these countries need. The Green Climate Fund, a mechanism established to assist these countries in their adaptation and mitigation programs to counter climate change was placed under the interim trusteeship of the World Bank, an institution which has ravaged for decades their economies through usurious loans and policy conditionalities.

Underlying all this is the social and economic system which holds the entire globe under its tight grip, a system which puts Profits above People, above Nature, a system which allows a few nations and few people to dominate and exploit the far many. UNCED or the first Rio in 1992 shed light on this, and produced conventions that take the first steps to reverse this. Rio+20 this year is being pressured to abandon the early gains. Let us do everything within our means and capacity to resist and overcome this monumental GREED now and in the years ahead. It is our future, the human survival, the survival of our planet that is at stake.

Ricardo B. Reyes

President, Freedom from Debt Coalition

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Bangladesh

  • Save the Sundarbans in Bangladesh,...

    The Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) joints peoples movements and communities in Bangladesh in their struggle to stop the

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  • Legally Binding Climate Agreement is...

    Dhaka, 30th September 2015. Today in a seminar organized by CANSA (Climate Action Network South Asia) , Action 2015 and EquityBD, title “

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  • Bangladesh urges global leaders to...

    A group of Bangladeshi civil society members has urged global leaders to listen to the plights of climate victims and condemned industrialised

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  • Illicit fund outflows cost BD $24.7b...

    Bangladesh lost US $24.7 billion in illicit financial flow to foreign countries between 1976 and 2010; a research work done by the London-based

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  • Conduct study on climate-induced...

    Six rights groups and civil society networks yesterday demanded that the government conduct a survey and assessment on the internal

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India

  • An Open Letter to the President and...

    We, in the Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD), are writing to express alarm and grave concern over reports from our members

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  • Tax Administrators Roundtable, New...

    APMDD co-sponsored and participated in a “Roundtable on Reforms in International Taxation and Financial Transparency: Towards a Regional

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  • Fishworkers stage dharna

    Traditional fishworkers in Kollam, under the banner of the Kerala Swathantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation, staged a dharna in front of the

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  • Our planet is not for sale! ADB Quit...

    We, peoples' movements, mass organisations, struggle groups, trade unions,community organisations and many others from India and abroad, call for

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  • Villagers protest “illegal” land...

    For six months now, around 4,000 villagers have camped out a kilometer away from Maujanagri village in India to protest the government's land

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Indonesia

  • Jejak Asap Korporasi: Tanggung Gugat...

    Hari ini WALHI mengeluarkan hasil analisis kebakaran lahan dan hutan yang menunjukkan peran korporasi, khususnya di sektor kehutanan dan

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  • CSO Partnership for Development...

    CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) Asia Consultation on Development Effectiveness in Food, Agriculture and Rural Development

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  • Critique of Draft 2013 State Budget v....

    On 16 August, as usual, the President addressed the House of Representatives (DPR), presenting the government's annual financial statement and

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  • Activists say no to IMF

    JAKARTA: Activists have called on the Indonesian government to drop its plan to lend US$1 billion to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and

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  • NGOs reject govt's plan to assist IMF

    REPUBLIKA CO.ID., JAKARTA - Several Non-governmental Organizations reject government's plan to assist the funding for International Monetary Fund

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Malaysia

  • Save our seeds from corporate control

    Seeds are a farmer’s most essential input. For thousands of years farm communities have been observing, selecting, nurturing, breeding and

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Nepal

  • 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

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  • International Training Course on '...

    International training course on 'Addressing Household Food Security in the Context of Changing Climate and Environment', jointly organised by

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  • Sharing Program Organized in Twelve...

    National Forum for Women Rights Concern(NFOWRC) has organized sharing program on finding of the study in twelve districts on different date of

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  • Just climate finance for climate...

    An interaction programme was organised in Kathmandu, Nepal relating to Global Week of Actions today (21 Nov 2012). The programme was participated

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  • Research Report Released

    Human Rights Alliance has released a research report on Status of domestication of international treaties in Nepal.The main objective of this

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Pakistan

  • Filipino, other Asian activists call...

    MANILA, 2 February 2016 – Filipino activists protested today outside the Pakistan embassy in the Philippines [1], joining Asian and other

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  • Release Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum...

    Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development

    STATEMENT

    19 January 2016

    The Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and

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  • People’s Caravan under the Campaign of...

    Entire globe is experiencing water crisis. Asia in general and South Asia in particular is not exception to this phenomenon. This region is

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Philippines

  • PIGLAS PILIPINAS: PH part of global...

    PRESS RELEASE

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

    10,000 to mobilize

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  • Filipino, other Asian activists call...

    MANILA, 2 February 2016 – Filipino activists protested today outside the Pakistan embassy in the Philippines [1], joining Asian and other

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  • PH groups launch climate justice...

    MANILA, 11 November 2015 — Social movements, religious associations, and other civil society groups across the

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  • ON WORLD PUBLIC SERVICES DAY: Asian...

    MANILA, 23 June 2015 – Calling for the funding for public services and the stopping of tax incentives and dodging, an Asian civil society

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  • FDC warns gov't investigations may...

    The Freedom from Debt Coalition(FDC) goes on its third day of its Tatakan/Sulatan ng GANID the MERALCO bills protest activity today at 10 am

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Sri Lanka

  • Good energy Bad energy Exhibition

    Exhibition organized by Centre for Environmental Justice held Parallel to Asia Pacific

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  • Crushing the protest against the...

    Colombo, Sri Lanka. We are shocked to see the use of military by the government of Sri Lanka to crush the peaceful protest by the thousands of

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  • CEJ commemorates "NO pesticide...

    Centre for Environmental Justice together with Sri Lanka Nature Group organised a media event and book launching on the 3rd December 2012 at the

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  • Taxing citizens for drinking water is...

    October 20, Colombo, Sri Lanka. We are shocked to hear that Sri Lankans who dig traditional or tube wells to obtain water for drinking,

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  • CSE releases initial findings on...

    16th August 2012, Colombo. Today, the Centre for Science and Environment, a leading environmental organisation in India released the report

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Thailand

  • Message of Solidarity with the...

    On the occasion of the erection of a monument to commemorate the assassination of four land rights activists from the Southern Peasant Federation

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Asia

  • Regional CSO urges Asian governments:...

    The Asian Development Bank  (ADB) claims concern in addressing the causes of climate change as it convenes the Asia Clean Energy Forum

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  • SAAPE's South Asia Poverty Report 2013...

    South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) has launched its 4th Poverty Report 2013 on 11 September 2013 amidst a South Asian Women's

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  • Call to Action: End the WTO and stop...

    The Indonesian People's Movement Against Neocolonialism-Imperialism (Gerak Lawan), a national coalition in Indonesia fighting neoliberalism, has

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  • MFA Statement for International...

    Today, on International Migrants Day, Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) celebrates the contributions made by millions of migrants all over the world

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  • BNPS Protests Communal Attacks on...

    Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) organized a human chain in banner of Citizen Group on 2 October protesting communal attack and atrocities

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