Calling for Applications!  CSO Forum in advance of the Midterm Review of 2013 Asia Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development

The Asia-Pacific CSO Forum will be held on 24-25 November 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, and serves as a preparatory civil society (CS) meeting in advance of the midterm review (MTR) of the 2013 Asia Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development.  The intergovernmental MTR is being organized by UNFPA APRO and ESCAP on 26-28 November 2018 at UN ESCAP, and aims to review the implementation of the Programme of Action, the key actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the recommendations of the 2013 Asia Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development.

The CSO Forum is open to CS representatives from throughout Asia and the Pacific.  Organizations that work on the following issues are particularly encouraged to apply: SRHR, Gender Equality, HIV, Human Rights, Migration, Aging, Youth, Climate Change, or Conflict.

 Please make your applications as strong as possible, as there will be more applicants than there is space for.

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available. Full scholarships include airfare, accommodation and modest daily subsistence allowance (DSA) will be available for a limited number of organizations according to criteria listed above. Partial scholarships includes support for  accommodation and DSA only (for participants that can support their own airfare).  If you need funding to attend, please ensure that you indicate this in your application.

The early deadline for scholarship applications is 15 October 2018.   The deadline for self-funded applications is 22 October 2018.  

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Please also indicate on the application form if you are going to attend the MTR as a CS representative on a national delegation.

Due to the limitations of space, only one person per organization is encouraged to apply.  No more than 2 persons will be considered for participation from the same organization.

Note that participation in the CSO Forum (or Youth Forum) is required for those that would like to attend the Midterm Review, but acceptance to the CSO Forum does not imply acceptance to the Midterm Review.  Please also note that the CSO Forum is open to CS representatives that do not wish to attend the MTR.

Applications will be reviewed by a regional CSO Steering Committee in consultation with the ESCAP, prioritizing those who best fit the target group and to ensure balance in geographic and thematic representation, scope of mandate, and level of experience with ESCAP processes amongst other criteria. Notification on the status of the applications will be sent by 31 October 2018.  


Asia Pacific Preparatory Meeting for the Global Compact 

The Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration took place from 6-8 November 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand, organized by ESCAP. The meeting was a forum for exchange of perspectives and identification of priorities with regards to the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in the Asia-Pacific region.  The preparatory meeting aimed to take stock of inputs for the global compact, to be held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, from 4-6 December 2017, and to the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific at its seventy-fourth session in 2018.

Read the Report of the Meeting here, and the Chair's Summary here.  



Indonesia NGO Stakeholder Submission for the UPR 

Universal Periodic Review of Indonesia 27th Session April/May 2017 Joint submission by a coalition of NGOs in Indonesia and the Sexual Rights Initiative to highlight human rights violations in Indonesia related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

21 November 2017 07:31

FPA Gender Strategy

Family Planning Australia Gender Strategy 

This plan was developed to identify how Family Planning Australia can improve reproductive and sexual health outcomes in the region through the promotion of gender equality, with a specific focus on addressing gender-based violence. The plan identifies the actions FPA can take to support their partners in the region over the next five years (2016-2020).  Read it here 

CS Intervention at the 2017 Asia Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment

APA delivered the Women’s Constituency Intervention under Agenda Item 8: Regional input to outcomes of the third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, at the Asia Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment organized by Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Environment (UNE) on 5-8 September 2017.  The Summit brought together the seventh Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (MCED-7), organized by ESCAP, and the second Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, organized by UNE.

The statement as delivered follows: 


Chair, honorable delegates, fellow activists, and other stakeholders.

Thank you for this opportunity to speak on behalf of the women’s constituency at the Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism. We appreciate the space given to CSOs  and the chance to provide a regional perspective for UNEA 3, and support the transparency of the process.

In Asia Pacific, interlinked systemic barriers are blocking the achievement of just and sustainable development, and the creation of a pollution free environment.  We are particularly concerned about the effects of patriarchy, fundamentalism and authoritarian governance, which are currently undergoing a resurgence in this region.  

We wish to commend UNE for its comprehensive and timely report, ‘For a Pollution Free Planet’.  Pollution has already caused an unprecedented number of deaths in our region, and has harmful effects on pregnancy outcomes, fertility, and fetal health, amongst others.

However, we feel the report lacks a deeper analysis of the feminization of pollution, and how it impacts various marginalized groups.

Women and men’s health is affected differently by pollution.  Women commonly face higher risks and greater burdens, with the majority of the region’s poor being women. Their unequal participation in decision-making processes and labour markets compound inequalities and often prevent women from fully contributing to planning, policy-making and implementation.  Other marginalized groups  such as people living with HIV, LGBTIQ, sex workers, people who use drugs and migrants are particularly vulnerable due to intersecting forms of discrimination.  

Honourable delegates, the planet cannot be pollution free if half of women and girls remain undernourished, face routine violence and discrimination, lack power to take decisions at multiple levels,  and lack equal opportunities for employment and  political representation.

Achieving gender equality and fulfilling the human rights of women and girls is a crucial step to sustainable development and sustainable resource use.  This includes ensuring that women and girls  are empowered and able to make fully informed choices and decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and rights.  In this vein, we encourage stronger linkages with the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme for Action (PoA) and related processes.

To close,  we underscore the call for a Development Justice framework to tackle the rising and pervasive inequalities in the region and to support the existence of powerful, resourced, connected women’s rights movements and other social movements.

Thank you


Pakistan National Strategy to End Early/Forced and Child Marriages

This publication provides a strategy for tackling the reduction and elimination of early/child and forced marriages in Baluchistan Pakistan through involvement and engagement of caretakers, gatekeepers, INGOs youth, girls, boys, parents, teachers, political/ religious persons, community elders, marriage registrars, govt. officials elected representatives, legislatures, community, media, civil society, Nikahkhawains, and parliamentarians. Young girls and boys will directly benefit from the project through proper legislations for ending early/child and forced marriages, girls are not brides and boys are not grooms.

Capacities and Consent: Empowering Adolescents to Exercise Their Reproductive Rights 

This publication sets forth the barriers adolescents face in realizing their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), discusses recent critical developments in the human rights framework underpinning these rights, and proposes a way forward for guaranteeing all adolescents the full exercise of their SRHR, including their right to make informed decisions about their sexuality and reproduction. 

Read it here 

Asia Pacific SDG data portal

The 2030 Agenda is diverse and needing more reflection and consultation, the Asia Pacific SDG Partnership has committed to producing a suite of knowledge products that can meet the needs of different users, including an SDG data portal. Access it here.

Global Abortion Policies Database 

The global abortion policies database aims to promote greater transparency of abortion laws and policies and State accountability for the protection of women and girls’ health and human rights. It includes information on abortion laws, policies, health standards and guidelines. The database also includes country-specific SRH indicators, and the country profiles include penalties, ratified human rights treaties, and extracts from UN treaty monitoring body concluding observations and special procedures on abortion.

Access the database through the WHO here,  as well as on the UN website here.

UN Human Rights Resolutions Portal

The Human Rights Resolution Portal provides information on, and access to, all resolutions ever passed by the Human Rights Council, and all resolutions adopted by the General Assembly's Third Committee since 2006.  Access the portal here

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