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JSAPMDD Regional Committee Tackles Organizational Matters and Approves Program PlansA Regional Committee (RC) Meeting of JSAPMDD was held at the Ibis Sathorn Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand from February 25 to 26, 2011, right after the meeting of the Working Groups. The agenda of the meeting included a review of the RC tasks and functions, formation of an Executive Committee and election of RC officials, report on finances, updates on the global situation of Jubilee South and planning of 2011 activities.

The incoming and outgoing RC members adopted motions to grant two seats for regional member organizations and another two seats for the representatives of the Women and Gender Working Group in the Regional Committee. The new RC members were SAAPE and Asian Migrant Centre from the regional organizations and Solidaritas Perempuan and Jagaran Nepal from the Women and Gender Working Group.

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JSAPMDD Working Groups Plan Campaigns and ActivitiesWorking groups on each of the JSAPMDD program areas namely: 1) Global and Public Finance, 2) Ecological Debt, Environmental Justice and Climate Change, and, 3) Rights to Essential Services and Natural Resources met in Bangkok, Thailand from February 22 to 24 to discuss campaigns and activities. The Working Group on Gender and Women was also convened leading to a Regional Committee resolution to create a Gender and Women Program.

The Working Groups were formed to increase participation of member organizations in the conceptualization, planning and implementation JSAPMDD programs and campaigns.

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JSAPMDD Delegation Take Part in World Social ForumA delegation from the Jubilee South – Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) participated in various workshops and activities of the World Social Forum held in Dakar, Senegal from February 6 to 11, 2011.

The JSAPMDD delegation consisted of JSAPMDD Regional Coordinator Lidy Nacpil, Hamong Santono of KRUHA-Indonesia, Sreedhar Ramamurthi of mines, minerals and People-India, James Miraflor of Freedom from Debt Coalition-Philippines and Ma. Lourdes Tabios-Nuera of the JSAPMDD Secretariat. Other JSAPMDD members who came as part of the LDC Watch delegation were Arjun Kharki, Sarba Khadka, Abhas Ghumire, Rachita Dungel – all from South Asian Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) and Rural Reconstruction Nepal – and Mohiuddin Ahmad of Community Development Library-Bangladesh. VINOD Raina of BGVS-India also participated in the activities.