ASEAN Grassroots Peoples Assembly
It’s not just a simple slogan or even a demand, it’s the future that the people of Southeast Asia want and deserve. The ASEAN Grassroots Peoples Assembly (AGPA) is working towards that very goal, as grassroots activists from across the region descend on Phnom Penh, Cambodia to hold four days of workshops, forums, meetings and more.
Today, AGPA held its very first press briefing where it was announced that AGPA and the coordinating Cambodian Cross-Sector Network is in talks with the Cambodian government and the Phnom Penh municipality about holding a march on November 16. Things are looking good so far but we’ll be sure to update you when we know more.
At the briefing a core group of AGPA’s members presented to the press about the upcoming events and showcased the importance of being included in the democratic process. They discussed the reasons behind the assembly, what they aim to work on, and even what they hope to achieve. The big thing to come out of the conference was the emphasis that AGPA is a grassroots event.
Though there are other events being hosted by the ASEAN People’s Forum / ASEAN Civil Society Conference (APF/ACSC) and the Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA), which themselves are important works, AGPA and the Cambodian Cross-Sector Network want to stress that its own event is a separate one. It is organized by and focused on grassroots activists.
That said all involved are extremely excited and raring to go. So soon they’ll be more to hear on the latest of AGPA.