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AsiaDHRRA presents CSO perspective during SOM-RDPE Special Meeting


Pasig City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA, represented by its Secretary General, Ms. Marlene Ramirez, and Program Manager, Mr. Nonoy Villas, participated in the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Rural Devleopment and Poverty Reduction (SOMRDPE) Special Meeting to Develop the Framework Action Plan on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (2016-2020) on 16-17 April 2015 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Ms. Ramirez was also invited to present civil society’s perspectives, as an ASEAN affiliated CSO, on the emerging challenges in poverty reduction and how these could impact on the new RDPE framework action plan. In her presentation, Ms. Ramirez emphasised the importance of investing in human resource development, in strengthening rural peoples’ organizations and re-affirmed the view of RDPE leaders that the key components of the current RDPE FAP remains valid for the next cycle. ­
AsiaDHRRA is among the regional entities affiliated to ASEAN.

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AsiaDHRRA in the ASEAN Assessment Workshop on the MDG Achievements

Pasig City, Philippines –  AsiaDHRRA, represented by Ms. Mags Catindig, Program Officer, had the opportunity to join the ASEAN Regional Assessment Workshop on the Millennium Development Goals Achievement and Post-2015 Development Priorities on 14-15 April 2015 at Crowne Plaza, in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The workshop was attended by official delegates of the member states to the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).

The draft assessment report presented indicates that, in general, poverty in the region has been reduced, but, this achievement is uneven among its countries and within countries with at least 160 million rural populations and ethnic minorities still living on less than $2 per day. Girls and women have gained more access to education and economic empowerment and reduced health risks. The report also shows that while access to water sources and sanitation systems have improved, there has been rapid increased in the deforestation and carbon dioxide emission in the region along with economic growth.

Along the task of MDG agenda completion, the region also gears up for the post-2015 challenges and new sustainable development goals. ASCC Deputy Secretary-General Alicia Bala presented the ASEAN initiatives relevant to the MDG and the initial ASEAN Community Vision 2015 and ASCC Attendant Document, to provide overview of the region’s efforts to attaining sustainable development goals.
AsiaDHRRA is among the regional entities affiliated to ASEAN.

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AsiaDHRRA statement on AICHR Workshop on Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals



JAKARTA, INDONESIA – AsiaDHRRA, represented by Ms. Mags Catindig and Mr. Chaerul Umam, participated in the “Follow-Up Workshop on Post Millennium Development Goals 2015 and Human Rights” on 15-16 October 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The workshop was organized by the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It was attended by the AICHR representatives of the member-countries, national human rights institutions, and regional civil society organizations working on human rights.

The follow-up workshop aimed at coming up with an “outcome document” (summary of discussions) that will serve as ASEAN’s inputs to the drafting of the United Nations’ Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

During the said workshop, AsiaDHRRA put forward its observations and recommendations highlighting the need to mainstream in the discussions of the SDG the rights of family farmers, majority of which are in ASEAN Region. AsiaDHRRA’s statement has been accepted by the workshop and will form part of the summary of discussions that will be submitted to the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG-SDG).

After the workshop, AsiaDHRRA has been invited to join in the closed round table discussion between the AICHR and the ASEAN Sectoral Bodies/Organs/Entities. The RTD focused on the possible engagement and action plan of ASEAN at the global level on Post-2015 Development Agenda. AsiaDHRRA shared its plans of continuing its investment and works in the next five years towards helping family farmers in improving their production to contribute in the region’s food security; and, in capacitating them to influence ASEAN and their respective national policies impacting on their livelihood.

Further, being identified as one of the CSO implementing partners, AsiaDHRRA will dovetail some its activities at regional and national levels with the recently approved ASEAN Integrated Framework for Food Security (AIFS) 2015-2020 under Thrust No. 4.

AsiaDHRRA is a CSO affiliate of ASEAN.

Click here to download AsiaDHRRA statement to the AICHR workshop on Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Photo credit: AICHR 2014

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ASEAN share ASCC MTR Report

The ASEAN has published the ASCC MTR Report. This can be accessed at the following links:

(Page link)

(Direct link to report)

Asiadhrra was tapped to conduct the Medium Term Review of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint.

About the ASCC MTR (excerpted from the report)

The Cha-Am Hua Hin Declaration on ASEAN Roadmap for an ASEAN Community 2009-2015 of 1 March 2009 established that the three Community Blueprints – Economic, Political-Security, and Socio-Cultural – and the 2nd IAI Work Plan constitute the ASEAN Roadmap. The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint’s primary goal is “to contribute to realising a people-centred and socially responsible ASEAN Community by forging a common identity and building a caring and sharing society.” The ASCC Blueprint is a framework for action and is structured into 6 Characteristics1 or strategic-level development and cooperation outcomes and impacts toward ASEAN Community building. Underlying each Characteristic are Elements or inter-woven cross-pillar, thematic, sectoral and cross-sectoral outcomes. Each Element is in turn buttressed by Action Lines of which there are a total of 339 or specific results or activities to be achieved or undertaken through programmes, projects or special activities. The Blueprint contains an implementation arrangement laying out a schedule of key milestones and a coordination mechanism or governance structure delegating roles to the ASCC Council, Sectoral Ministerial Bodies, Senior Officials Meetings and other ASEAN affiliated bodies and associated entities. In carrying out the Blueprint, ASCC is required to identify and address resource requirements, and to enumerate a communications plan that helps to enhance awareness, broaden and raise funds.


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Asiadhrra tapped to draft the report on ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint

ASCC Review - photo by Brunei Times

Delegation members at the meeting discussed the draft report prepared by the Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia (AsiaDHRRA), providing feedback and suggestions, aiming to consolidate recommendations for the Senior Officials Committee of the ASCC (SOCA) and ASCC consideration at scheduled meetings from September 24 to 26.

The Permanent Secretary reiterated the importance of the report, which regional leaders will scrutinise at the 23rd ASEAN Summit hosted by Brunei in October. “The ASCC Blueprint represents the core of what the ASCC is doing. Submitting the report to Leaders this year will show how much the ASCC has done in our united purpose to achieve ‘One Vision, One Identity, One Community’ by 2015,” he said.


Full news article at  Brunei Times here …..

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High Level Consultation “Integrating Nutrition into ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework and its Strategic Plan of Action for Food Security”

The ASEAN and FAO High Level Meeting on Integrating Nutrition into ASEAN Food Security Framework and its Strategic Plan of Action held in Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers last 28 to 31 January 2013, in Bangkok, Thailand has just successfully concluded.  A set of recommendations for the adoption by the ASEAN were forwarded by the participants for the discussions among during the joint meeting of the SOM-AMAF and SOM-HD scheduled until February 1, 2013.

The meeting was attended by 170  participants that include senior level delegation from Governments of ASEAN member states and stakeholders SOM-AMAF and SOMHD of ASEAN, High level Government Officials of the Ministries of Agriculture, Health,  Planning and Investment, Director Generals of IFPRI, CGIAR, IRRI, ILRI, WFC, AVRDC, members of the Committee on World Food Security, Representatives from FAO, IFAD and UN Programs on Nutrition (SUN, REACH), regional civil society organizations, representatives of farmers organizations, USAID MARKET Project and representatives from the private sector. Mr. David Nabarro, Coordinator of the UN  High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Food Security and Nutrition and SUN Coordinator also attended the meeting.

The Food and Agriculture Organization together with the Secretariat of Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and close collaboration with partners organized  this ASEAN High Level Consultation on “Integrating Nutrition into ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework and its Strategic Plan of Action for Food Security.”

The momentum for scaling-up nutrition multi-stakeholder action is already growing as demonstrated by the increasing number of countries and partners joining the Scaling-up-Nutrition (SUN) movement. The extraordinary global momentum built around SUN over the past year is further evidence of the growing recognition that investment in nutrition is central to reaching global development targets, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Southeast Asia region is still confronted with poverty, problems of hunger and malnutrition. Many countries are on track to meet MDG1 income poverty targets, but some have made little or no progress in reducing underweight prevalence. Ensuring adequate, safe and nutritious food for all is a high priority and long-standing agenda in the framework of ASEAN community building. Considering the equal importance of a balanced diet in addressing malnutrition, and the role of agriculture as a key vehicle, the need to integrate and mainstream nutrition aspects into agricultural production systems is important. Moreover, as the issue is cross-cutting in nature, the need for a multisectoral, multidisciplinary and multistakeholder approach and collaboration are necessary.
The High Level Consultative Meeting aimed to:

  1. To provide an opportunity for participants to increase their understanding of agriculture’s role in improving nutrition,
  2. To intensify dialogue and mutual understanding of each sectors’ role in improving nutrition, and
  3. To agree on practical steps for nutrition-sensitive policies and actions on the ground.

The Meeting focused on strengthening the contribution of the food and agriculture sector to the scaling up of multisectoral action for improved nutrition. Particular attention will be given to improved. coordination among sectors, building consensus and mobilizing resources to ensure that programmes are designed synergistically to maximize the impacts of efforts in both the health and agriculture sectors.

A set of recommendations for the adoption by the ASEAN were forwarded by the participants for the discussions among during the joint meeting of the SOM-AMAF and SOM-HD scheduled on January 31, 2013.

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