The Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) led a series of activities during the ASEAN People's Forum (APF) last May 2 to 4, 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Member organizations from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines participated in various strategy meetings and thematic workshops organized by JSAPMDD with other partner organizations.
The series of meetings kicked off with an internal meeting among JSAPMDD member organizations on May 2 at Ibis Slipi Hotel. The following day Side Event Strategy Meetings were conducted at Hotel Ciputra, the venue of the APF.
The first meeting, "World Bank Out of Climate Finance Campaign and Other Climate Issues" was organized by JSAPMDD, Climate Finance Network Indonesia, WALHI, Solidaritas Perempuan, KRuHA and Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC). JSAPMDD Regional Coordinator Lidy Nacpil discussed the alliance's campaign on climate and the current developments in the climate negotiations. She emphasized that JSAPMDD has decided to campaign for deep and drastic emission cuts by Annex 1 countries aside from its campaign on climate finance. Her discussion was followed by a sharing of sectoral and country campaigns conducted in Indonesia and the Philippines.
The second meeting, "Transforming the International Financial System: the Campaign on Illegitimate Debt and Sovereign, Democratic and Responsible Finance", was co-organized by Koalisi Anti Utang (KAU) and FDC. The discussion surfaced the similarities of the debt problem confronted by Indonesia and the Philippines. KAU and FDC agreed to strengthen their partnership and share country strategies.
JSAPMDD also co-organized thematic workshops where its members acted as resource persons in the various discussions. Together with Focus on the Global South, Municipal Services Project-Asia and Reclaiming Public Water, JSAPMDD co-organized a workshop dubbed "Navigating Critical Waters: Issues, Challenges and Alternatives to the Privatization and Commercialization of Water in Asia". The activity discussed the state of water in the region, country experiences in campaigning against water privatization and alternatives to water privatization. JSAPMDD members Hamong Santono of KRuHA and Milo Tanchuling of FDC, who were among the panel of speakers, stressed JSAPMDD's platform on water services and resources with the basic assertion that water is a human right and that water resources are part of the "commons" which must be shared equitably and not be privatized.
"A Search for Just Solutions to the Climate Crisis in ASEAN" was another workshop JSAPMDD organized together with CSF on Climate Justice, Solidaritas Perempuan and Focus on the Global South. The activity aimed to examine the climate solutions that were being forwarded as well as discuss the emerging alternatives form various engaged communities – through their existing adaptation initiatives.
JSAPMDD also co-organized a workshop on "Learning from ASEAN Experience to Protect the Remaining Rivers and Peoples Livelihood: Mekong, Salween and other Rivers" together with Center for Water Resources Conservation and Development (WARECOD), Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association (VUSTA), Centre for Water Resources Management and Climate Change Adaptation (CEWAREC) and Towards Ecological Recovery Thailand (TERRA). The activity explored the various significant issues related to ecology, fisheries, value of biodiversity, changing hydrology, impacts of large-scale hydropower projects on the major rivers as well as the ASEAN power grid interconnection projects.
Salvador Feranil of FDC delivered a presentation during this session. He shared the cases of privatization of hydropower plants done in the Philippines and how this has caused massive displacement of river-based communities.
Together with Action for Economic Reforms, Christian Aid, Perkumpulan Prakarsa, JSAPMDD organized a tax justice forum that tackled various issues associated with tax reform and justice. The activity aimed to lay down the basic principles of tax justice and provide an overview on taxation as a policy area. It served as a venue to provide updates on specific tax issues such as tax on mining, tobacco taxes and regressive taxes and to link up with other groups interested to engage in the tax justice advocacy campaign.
As a result of all the workshops, participants came up with a declaration that was presented to the ASEAN governments during their meeting. JSAPMDD participated in the consolidation and drafting of the APF Declaration, ensuring that all key positions and proposals made by JSAPMDD during the workshops were included in the declaration.