The Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) is a network of Canadian civil society organizations involved in human rights, democracy and development in the region. It brings together over 20 international development and humanitarian NGOs, human rights groups, labour unions, church and solidarity groups. The APWG is financially supported by its member organizations, CCIC, and the Canadian Partnership Program of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
APWG Webinar: Gender Equality in Asia-Pacific: Unfinished Business 26 February | 2:30pm to 4:30pm
The Institute of Women Studies and the School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS) at the University of Ottawa, in collaboration with the APWGinvite you to a presentation by Dr Shireen Lateef, Senior Advisor on Gender at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), on "Gender Equality in Asia-Pacific: Unfinished Business". The presentation will discuss the remaining challenges and persisting gender gaps in the Asia-Pacific region and how the ADB is tackling and supporting progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Please register with Kai-Hsin Hung.
Invitation to a meeting of the Burma Working Group
The Burma Working Group (BWG), which has not met since 2009, is planning to resume periodic meetings and is inviting you to its next meeting which will take place in late February. The Burma Working Group is open to organizations and individuals interested in Burma, and provides an informal forum to discuss ongoing events in Burma, programs and campaigns related to Burma, and Canadian and international policy on Burma. If you want to attend this meeting, please indicate your preferred dates and times by the following this Doodle link. For more information, you can contact Kevin Malseed at Inter Pares or Denis Côté at APWG.
APWG Webinar: Land and Mining Issues in Cambodia 12 March | 10:00am to 11:30am
2013 APWG Symposium: Trade, Investment, and Human Rights in Asia 16 April 2013(9:00am to 5:00pm)
The APWG invites you to its one-day annual symposium in Ottawa, which will focus on issues related to trade, investment, and human rights in Asia. Confirmed speakers include Sanya Reid Smith (Third World Network), Afsar Jafri (Focus on the Global South), Ah Nan (Burma Rivers Network), and Stuart Trew (Council of Canadians). To register or to get more details concerning the venue and the agenda, please visit the event webpage here. For other information, contact Denis Cote.
APWG Annual Members' Meeting in Ottawa 17 April 2013
The APWG will hold its annual members meeting on April 17, 2013. Based on the discussion of April 16 and on their own priorities, members will be invited to feed into (and adopt) the 2013-14 APWG work plan. We will also discuss the current research projects of the working group, adopt policy recommendations to complete our agrofuels report, and adopt the budget. Registration information will appear in next week’s bulletin.
For APWG members only
The APWG seeks to build a dynamic and strong partnership between Asia Pacific and Canadian civil society organizations to advocate for a coherent and human-focused Canadian Foreign Policy in the Asia Pacific region.
The APWG works to:
Consolidate a Canadian NGO voice
Engage in Canada's international co-operation and foreign policies
Co-ordinate advocacy with government departments
Liaise effectively with partners in the region and their countries' representatives in Canada
Facilitate possibilities of partnerships on programming among participants
The APWG and its member organizations are actively engaged with Asia and the Pacific civil society organizations. Many of our members participate in regular missions to the region, others have permanent field staff, and all have regular contact with their counterparts in the region on peacebuilding, human security, development issues and foreign policy