The Constituency Focal Points are a group that was selected at the Bangkok CSO Forum on May 17, 2014 and May 18, 2015. We confirm our willingness, capacity and commitment to fulfill all the responsibilities of AP-RCEM. We facilitate common-regional, sub-regional, and/or constituency positions and recommendations through thematic working groups related to sustainable development and the Post-2015 agenda whenever possible.
Women – Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) – Wardarina
APWLD is a leading feminist network with 180 members from women’s rights organisation and rural, indigenous, migrant women organisation in 26 countries in Asia Pacific. APWLD uses capacity development, research, advocacy and activism to claim and strengthen women’s human rights. APWLD’s active membership provides the strength and expertise that drives and executes our work: to promote women’s human rights enshrined in international human rights instruments, and to empower women and their movements in Asia to claim equality, justice, peace and sustainable and inclusive development.
Farmers – Roots for Equity – Wali Heider
Roots for Equity started working in December 1997. The organization has worked only to bring attention but also to fight against oppression faced by communities. Its program focus includes advocating the rights of working children, and economic and social rights of women. The organization has specific focus on small farmers and land less peasants. A major emphasis has been advocating the right to food sovereignty in this regard.
NGO – Third World Network – Ranja Sengupta
Third World Network (TWN) is an independent non-profit international network of organisations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, developing countries and North-South affairs. TWN was formed in November 1984 in Penang, Malaysia at the concluding session of an International Conference on “The Third World: Development or Crisis?’ Its mission is to bring about a greater articulation of the needs and rights of peoples in the South, a fair distribution of world resources, and forms of development which are ecologically sustainable and fulfill human needs.
Fisher-folks – PUANTANI – Lani Eugania
Women-operatedfarms control a relatively small share of resources used in agricultural production. Because of their small size relative to male-operated farms, female-operated farms are more likely to have negative net farm income and thus are less likely to be in a favorable financial position. With this among others background, on august 28, 2012, in Pandeglang- Banten, Indonesia, the Indonesian Women Farmers and Rural Women decided to initiate to form an independent Indonesian women farmers organization called PUANTANI (Indonesia Women Farmers and Rural Woman Organization).
Indigenous Peoples – Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) – Joan Carling and Pranika Koyu
The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization founded in 1988 by indigenous peoples’ movements. AIPP is committed to the cause of promoting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights and human rights and articulating issues of relevance to indigenous peoples. At present, AIPP has 47 members from 14 countries in Asia with 14 National Formations, 15 Sub-national Formations and 18 Local Formations. Of this number, 6 are Indigenous Women’s Organizations and 4 are Indigenous Youth Organizations.
Youth, Children & Adolescent – Youth Lead – Nancy Zhang
Youth Lead is a Asia Pacific regional network of young key populations aged 18-27. Youth LEAD develops partnerships among YKP organizations in the Asia-Pacific region. They equip their members with the necessary skills and tools to advocate for change. Their organization and programs are led, designed, and implemented by young people who are working for other young people. They embrace each others differences and celebrate similarities and are connected by their shared values and needs of being young and shared passion to end HIV/AIDS.
Small Medium Enterprise – Philippine Social Enterprise Network – Gomer Padong
PhilSEN is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization duly registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission under registration no. CN200504839. The network focuses on enhancing capacities of member organizations through subsector analysis, value chain analysis and market studies, business planning and monitoring, business development services, social entrepreneurship capacity building, markets and products development, including micro-finance/ savings & credit.
Migrants – Asia Pacific Mission on Migrant – Aron Ceradoy
The Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) is a registered non-profit limited company with charitable status in Hong Kong and was founded in 1984 as a regional research, advocacy, and movement building organization for the Asia Pacific and Middle East (APME) regions. APMM has adapted to the changing times while still maintaining its purpose; to serve those who migrate to other countries in search of a better life. APMM supports the migrant movement through advocacy, organizing and building partnership and solidarity for the advancement of migrants’ rights and welfare
People Living with and Affected by HIV – Coalition of Asia-Pacific Regional Networks on HIV/AIDS – Maria Lourdes Malu Marin
The COALITION (7S) is a broad-based alliance of regional Asia Pacific HIV/AIDS networks started in 2001, bringing together seven regional networks. Nine years into the 7S existence as the HIV epidemic continues to grow increasingly complex, the need is even greater for a collective body that can give voice to the HIV driven needs of the Asia Pacific’s most marginalized, vulnerable, affected communities and constituencies or what the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (TGF) is calling Key Affected Populations (KAP) at national, regional and global levels.
LGBTIQ – Badhan Hijra Sangha – Pinky Sikder
Badhan Hijrha Sangha’s mission is to serve the Hijra (Transgender) community drawing strength from community experience for livelihood security, recognition as third gender population, human and sexual rights, strengthening capacity for self help, community empowerment, providing economic opportunity, influencing policy decisions related to the Hijra(Transgender) population and addressing discrimination and violence against the Hijra community.
Local Authorities – ICLEI – Emani Kumar
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the world’s leading network of over 1,000 cities, towns and metropolises committed to building a sustainable future. By helping our Members to make their cities sustainable, low-carbon, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, we impact over 20% of the world’s urban population.
People with Disabilities – Asia Pacific Women with Disabilities – Abia Akram
Asia Pacific Women with Disabilities’s mission is to capacitate women with disabilities with knowledge and skills at a single platform to take leadership role in the mainstream development through advocacy and collaborative partnerships in Asia Pacific.
People Affected by Conflict and Disasters – Sanayee Development Organization – Ahmad Abid Amayun
Sanayee Development Organization (SDO) is to reduce violence and promote peace and social cohesion, primarily in rural communities, with a focus on vulnerable and excluded groups. To achieve this aim we work in close cooperation with communities and their local organizations, Afghan and international civil society organizations, and local and national government, by means of capacity building of community organizations for peace building, community development strategies, and advocacy campaigns.
Older Groups – Coalition of Services of the Elderly Inc Philippines – Fransiskus Kupang
The Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. (COSE) goals are to organize the marginalized sector of older persons, urban and rural; to mobilize resources to support the various concerns and programs of older persons; to motivate and assist institutions, NGOs, POs and LGUs desirous of organizing and developing programs for older persons, particularly community-based programs; to establish and maintain support groups for older persons; to raise awareness on the deepening crisis brought about by changing conditions in the society that has traditionally cared for its older persons and to provide opportunities to recognize and maximize the uniqueness, experiences and wisdom of Older Persons.
Science and Technology Constituency – Advocates of Science and Technology for the People – Giovanni Tapang- Maria Finesa Cosico
AGHAM aims to vigorously encourage S&T professionals, workers, and advocates to share their knowledge and expertise through direct community service, research, consultancy, campaigns and advocacy, fora, fact-finding missions, and discussion groups.
Workers and Trade Unions – International Trade Union Confederation- Asia Pacific – Julius Cainglet
The International Trade Union Confederation – Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP), was founded on 4 September 2007 in Bangalore, India. ITUC AP now has a paying membership of 18.6 million and now represents over 20 million members of 50 national trade union centres from 30 countries in the Asian and Pacific region. The ITUC-AP strives for social justice and decent work, giving special attention to problems affecting the workers in the region, to further the aims and objectives of the ITUC.