The Council for People’s Development and Governance attended the Asia Pacific Peoples’ Forum on Sustainable Development in Bangkok, Thailand. With this year’s theme, “Change the System, Shift the Power: Challenging Imperialism and Corporate Capture of the COVID-19 Recovery and the 2030 Agenda”, civil society presents the regional people’s realities in today’s context. These realities include the regression to attainment of the sustainable development goals and the 2030 agenda due to systemic barriers such as uneven development, vindication of neoliberal policies, and corporate war.
These barriers give rise to multiple layers of oppressions and systemic violence, particularly against the impoverished populations.
Despite the regression, people’s and social movements across the region are mobilizing and organizing to combat systemic oppressions and demand a change in systems.
CPDG is represented by its Vice President, Rochelle Porras, CPDG Coordinating Group member, Julius Cainglet, and CPDG secretariat, Melanie Joy Feranil. The Council brings its call to enable and strengthen civic spaces through the CSO manifesto, and registered demands particularly to enhance social services and ensure sufficient decent work with equitable distribution of gains from economic activities.