The ASEAN People’s Forum 2020 (APF 2020) is hosted by Vietnamese people’s organizations from 05-07 November, 2020 at the Centre for Women and Development, Hanoi under the theme of “Southeast Asian People Solidarity for an Inclusive, Cohesive and Responsive Community”.
The APF 2020 is aimed at promoting Southeast Asian People’s solidarity in response to global challenges, striving for and building a people-oriented ASEAN Community.
The APF 2020 will also provide a platform for people organisations in the region to exchange information and share experience with a view to enhancing mutual understanding, solidarity, linkage and unity among social movements and people’s organizations of Southeast Asian countries; exchange ideas on proactive and constructive measures targeting coordinated actions by Southeast Asian people’s organizations to cope with challenges in the building the ASEAN Community; enhance people’s participation and involvement in ASEAN’s decision-making process through advocacy and monitoring activities, making recommendations to ASEAN leaders for building a people-oriented and people-centered ASEAN.
There will be around 250 participants from Vietnam’s people’s organizations/NGOs and foreign NGOs in Vietnam. In addition, about 500 participants from people’s organizations and NGOs in 10 Southeast Asian countries will virtually participate in the Forum.
The Organising Committee has invited representative of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs; Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee; Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN; Representative of embassies of Southeast Asian countries and of the United Nations in Vietnam …
The workshops at the APF 2020 will cover11 convergence spaces, namely(1) Peace and Security; (2) Human Rights and Access to Justice, (3) Ecological Sustainability; (4) Labour and Migration; (5) Alternative Regionalism; (6) Transformative and Solidarity Economy; (7) Trade, Investment, and Corporate Power; (8) Life with Dignity; (9) Culture and the Arts; (10) Innovation, New and Emerging Technology, Digital Rights; (11) Racial Discrimination and Religious Extremism.
The APF, first organised by Malaysia in 2005, is one of the annual events held in parallel withthe ASEAN Summit.The forum has created an openspace for thousands of representatives of ASEAN’s people’s organizations to engage in dialogue with ASEAN leaders to build an ASEAN Community for common interests of ASEAN’s people, for peace, equalily and sustainable development in the region.