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Deadline: 11 May 2015

The current Transition Committee (TC) of the Asia-Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (AP-RCEM) is opening the Call for Nominations for the Election of Constituency and Sub-Regional Focal Points [AP-RCEM Regional Coordinating Committee]. 

What is the AP-RCEM?  APRCEM is a civil society platform aimed to enable stronger cross constituency coordination and ensure that voices of all sub-regions of Asia Pacific are heard in intergovernmental processes in regional and global level. The platform is initiated, owned and driven by the CSOs, and has been set up under the auspices of UN-ESCAP and seeks to engage with UN agencies and Member States on the Post-2015 as well as other development related issues/processes. As an open, inclusive, and flexible mechanism, RCEM is designed to reach the broadest number of CSOs in the region, harness the voice of grassroots and peoples’ movements to advance development justice that address the inequalities of wealth, power, resources between countries, between rich and poor and between men and women.

What are the Constituencies of the APRCEM? To gather the broadest voices from the region, our structure is tailored to ensure the representation from 17 constituencies (women, farmers, fisher folks, SME, indigenous peoples, NGO, science and technology, older groups, people with disabilities, people living and affected by HIV, migrants, trade union and workers, local authorities, youth, children and adolescent, urban poor, LGBTIQ, and people displaced by conflict, disasters and climate change), and 5 sub-regions (South East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, East Asia and the Pacific). For more information about RCEM, please click: www.asiapacificrcem.org.

Over the past few months, RCEM has conducted intense outreach and invitation for Asia Pacific CSOs to start engaging with RCEM and become part of RCEM Constituents. All RCEM constituents will have the right to: 1) represent AP-RCEM as speakers, discussants and panelists in meetings and forums, and 2) vote, nominate or be nominated in RCEM elections/selections and other decision making process. See attached document for the detailed description of constituents and also their rights and responsibilities. We are happy to announce that we currently have 352 organisations listed as AP-RCEM constituents, you can see the lists in the attached document: Full list of RCEM Constituents

What are the Focal Points? Each of the 17 sectorial and 5 sub-regional constituencies will elect/select their own focal point. The Focal Point position is organisational instead of individual, but each organisation should assign one main contact person, and one alternate.  They should be willing to serve for a term of two years. Note: there will be handover period of 6 months from the former to the new Committee. All focal points will constitute the Regional Coordination Committee. See attached document for the criteria for focal points.)  

What is the Regional Coordination Committee? The Regional Coordination Committee (RCC) (formerly the transition committee) will be collectively responsible for facilitating and coordinating the work of the entire RCEM. See attached document for the roles and responsibilities of the RCC.

Who are Eligible to Nominate/Be Nominated and Vote? An official list of all Constituents will be drawn up based on the online database of organisations who filled in and submitted an organisational profile to the secretariat and self-defined the Subregional and Thematic RCEM Constituencies they belong to.  Only those organisations included in this list may be nominated as Focal Point and can vote. Please note that one organisation can have multiple representatives to the RCEM but is entitled to only one (1) vote for Thematic Constituency and only one (1) vote for the Subregional Constituency (as identified in the submitted organization profile). Self-nomination is allowed.

You can only nominate or self-nominate and eventually vote within your main constituency and sub-regional listed in the database. i.e if you are listed as farmers, you can only nominate farmer constituency focal point, and NOT women focal points.

Information on Nominations

  1. Submit your nominations in this Google form: http://goo.gl/forms/ASX1bwp4bg, or fill the manual document attached and send it buai@apwld.org, deadline: 11 May 2015. Late and/or incomplete registration will not be accepted
  2. A nominee will only be represented once in the responses spreadsheet. If a candidate is nominated more than once, the first nomination will be retained and all others removed. Candidates will be reviewed on how well they meet the criteria, not on how many people nominate them.

What is the Election Process?

Date Process
4, May 2015 Release of Official List of Constituents and Call For Nominations. An official list of all Constituents will be released by the TC to all RCEM constituents along with the call for nominations and self-nominations for Focal Points and Alternate based on the Criteria (See attached document for the criteria for focal points.)
4-12, May 2015 Submission and Receipt of Nominations/Self Nominations.
13-15, May 2015 Review of Nominations and Release of List of Eligible Nominees.  An external partner will be invited to review profiles and CVs of nominees and confirm the final list of eligible nominees.
16-17, May 2015 Facilitate discussion for consensus within Constituencies. Consensus decision-making is the preferred first method.
18-19, May 2015 If consensus is not reached, facilitate a voting process.
The voting process will be done both online (18 May 2015), and physical election/voting (19 May 2015).
Announcement of New Members of the RCC

Attached Documents:

  1. Nomination Guidelines – refer to the document to see the roles/responsibilities of focal points, criteria, etc.
  2. Full list of AP-RCEM Constituents






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