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It’s “All Systems Go” for Largest ASEAN Civil Society Conference in Myanmar

By ACSC/APF 2014 Steering Committee  •  March 3, 2014

It’s “all systems go” for the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF) 2014, which will be held in Yangon on March 21-23. The conference, expected to attract 1,200 participants from diverse grassroots, national and regional organizations, could be the largest regional civil society conference held in Myanmar in recent years.

This week, members of the ACSC/APF 2014 Steering Committee will brief media, diplomats and officials in Jakarta (3-4 March) and Bangkok (5 March), in the lead-up to the conference.

Daw May May Pyone, Chair of the ACSC/APF 2014 Steering Committee, who is leading the Jakarta advocacy delegation, will brief media on 6 March upon her return to Yangon, with fellow delegate Mr. Aung Zin, an organizer of the ASEAN Youth Forum.

Ms Premrudee Daoroung, Co-Chair of the ACSC/APF 2014 Steering Committee, will provide a briefing at 10am, 5 March, at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand, along with ASEAN Youth Forum organizer, Mr. Joel Barredo.

Under the theme “Advancing ASEAN Peoples’ Solidarity toward Sustainable Peace, Development, Justice and Democratization”, the ACSC/APF will feature 4 plenary sessions and 27 workshops on 4 thematic clusters i.e. Peace, Justice and Human Rights, Development, and Democratization.

Last week in Yangon, organizers at the 4th Regional Consultation prepared for the conference and decided to reinforce their commitment to maintain inclusiveness and independence of the (ACSC/APF). Participants finalized many aspects of the program and agreed on how to move forward in solidarity. This included the adoption of regulations and principles to ensure the event is accessible, independent and inclusive.

Daw May May Pyone, Executive Director of NGO Gender Group and chair of the Steering Committee of the ACSC/APF 2014, appreciated the current support of the Myanmar authorities and requested visa-on-arrival facilities for participants. “This event is an important milestone for Myanmar’s transition and for the ASEAN Community 2015,” she emphasized.

Premrudee Daoroung, Co-Chair of the ACSC/APF 2014 Steering Committee, expressed appreciation for national organizers’ commitment to regionalism. “Myanmar has been an important focus of ASEAN civil society since the first ACSC in 2005, so this event is extra special to us all,” she explained.

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