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Report: Report on 9th World Human Rights Cities Forum ( WHRCF) 2019 Gwangju, South Korea

Duration: Dec 30- 02 October, 2019

Place: South Korea

Participant: Mustafa Kamal Akanda, Deputy Director

Organized by the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law ( RWI) and the International Human Rights Cities  Network ( IHRC-Net)  and In partnership with the Gwangju Metropolitan City and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) .

Gwangju Metropolitan Honorable City Mayor Mr. Lee Yeng sup he is chief Guest of the opening ceremony. Mr. Lee said I heartily welcome you to Gwangju, a world –renowned human rights a universal value for humanity throughout the world. I hope all of you attending the human Rights Cities Forum have a precious and personal experience with the sprit and values while you stay in Gwangju. Thank you again for visiting Gwangju and look forward to this Human Rights Cities Forum having a great achievement.
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Report: Report on Validation Workshop on Blue Economy Study in South and South-East Asia

Duration: Dec 5-7, 2019

Place: India Social Institute, Delhi, India

Participant: Sanat K. Bhowmik, Director

Introduction: SNEHA (Social Need Education and Human Awareness, www.snehangt.org) based in Tamilnadu, India working with the small-scale fishers organized a validation workshop for study on Blue Economy (BE) in New Delhi during 5-7, 2019. A Study related to Blue Economy was conducted by a research team comprising from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Sri Lank and Thailand during October 2018 to March, 2019 in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. COAST-Bangladesh, ICSF-India, EQUATION-India, DISHA-India, NAFSO-Sri Lanka, WFFP, Public Finance and Public Accountability Collective-India, Social Development Foundation -Thailand participated in the workshop. The objectives of the workshop are to i) to validate the study report and ii) to take preparation for International Tribunal in September 2020 in New Delhi. Click here details report

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Report: Report on ADRRN Annual General Meeting held in 11-14 Dec, Thailand.

Duration: Dec 11-24, 2018

Place: Bangkok, Thailand

Participant: Sanat K. Bhowmik, Director

Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) is a network including different NGOs which are working in the field of disaster risk reduction in Asia Pacific region. We got the membership from ADRRN in 2007. From that period we are attending in the annual meeting of ADRRN. Every year ADRRN secretariat organizes an annual meeting. In 2018 the secretariat organized meeting in Bangkok, Thailand during 11-14 December, 2018 where I was one of the participants on behalf of COAST. Other organization like Dhaka Community Hospital Trust, Bangladesh, Dwip Unnyan Shangstha, Bangladesh, SEEDS India, MERCY Malaysia, Japan Platform, UN-OCHA, ICVA, National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), Nepal, STAR Afghanistan, HIF, IFRC and Centre for Disaster Preparedness, Philippines. The meeting was organized by UNOCHA, Bangkok.

This year the meeting was called as the Asia-Pacific Regional NGO Partnerships Week-2018. The main agenda were, Launching Sphere Hand Book 2018, Localizing the Nexus in Asia-Pacific, Achievements of Regional Innovation Forum, Strengthening Regional Response in Asia-Pacific, ADRRN AGM and The Grand Bargain Reflections on Progress in the Region. [Click here for full report]

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Report:  Report on International Workshop to understand the Social, Economic, Ecological Political Dimensions of Blue Economy in South and South-East Asia.

Duration:  27-29 August, 2018

Place:  Hotel Crest Wood, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Participant: Sanat K. Bhowmik

Sneha (Social Need Education and Human Awareness, www.snehangt.org) based in Tamilnadu, India working with the small-scale fishers organized the event during 27-29, August, 2018, in Kolkata, India. COAST-Bangladesh, ICSF-India, EQUATION-India, DISHA-India, NAFSO-Sri Lanka, WFFP, Public Finance and Public Accountability Collective-India, National Association for Fisher-Folk-Thailand participated in the workshop. The objectives of the workshop are to i) clarify the definition of the blue economy as per World Bank, ii) a study to document the implications of ‘Blue Economy’ supported by nation state, international bodies and armed with an array of technocrats, economists and experts. [Click here full report]

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Report: Report on IMF workshop with CSOs Workshop held in 19-20 June’18 in Manila.

Duration: June 19-20, 2018

Place: Manila, Philippines

Participant: Syed Aminul Haque, Deputy Director

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is committed to being transparent about its work, to explaining itself, and to listening to the people whom are affects, and it engages with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Parliamentarians, Think-Tanks and Youth Leaders through information sharing, dialogue, and consultation at both the global and national level. Apart IMF recently has published it quarterly economic review report on Asia-Pacific region that will be shared in the workshop is one of the objectives.

Following the above objectives, on 19-20 June’ 2018, the IMF has organized a workshop in Manila with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Topics discussed included revenue mobilization, corruption and inequality. The workshop was held prior to the World Bank-IMF annual conference that will be held in Bali, Indonesia in October 2018.

The workshop was attended by 15 Civil Society Representatives from Bangladesh (01), Nepal (01), Indonesia (02), Cambodia (01) and Philippine (06 representatives from different regional NGOs). There are three representatives of IMF (Bangladesh, Philippine and IMF head office) also participated and shared their respective country performance in the workshop.

The workshop focused on strengthening CSOs understanding of IMF work on governance, inequality, revenue mobilization, debt, social protection and anti-corruption climate change and hearing their views and recommendations for the IMF on these important issues.[Click here full report]

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