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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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Report: Report on Multi-stakeholder Consultation on Hilsa and Livelihoods: Bangladesh-India Perspectives

Duration: August 22-23, 2017

Place: Kenilworth Hotel, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

International Water Association (IWA-www.iwa-network.org) is a network including different NGOs which are working in the field of water and its resources. It is also a self-governing non-profit organization which serves as a worldwide network for water professionals to advance standards and best practices in sustainable.  During August 22-23, 2017 the IWA organized a “Multi-stakeholder Consultation on Hilsa and Livelihoods: Bangladesh-India” in Kolkata, West Bengal, India where I was one of the participants on behalf of COAST Trust. The representatives from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Fisheries Research Institute, Chandpur, Bangladesh, Jadavpur University, West Bengal, India, Bay of Bengal Program Inter-Governmental Organization, India, Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, India, WorldFish, Bangladesh, Winrock International, Bangladesh, Integrated Coastal Management, India and different fishers associations and also some fishers (men and women) from Bangladesh and India were present in the consultation. [Click here full report]

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Report: Asian Civil Society Space in Government Process of Implementation SDGs is little and facing barriers; Local, National and Global Coalition and Combine Voices need along with Positive Engagement with Government

Duration: 24-26, February 2017

Place: Thailand

On 24th to 26th February 2017 Regional Workshop on National Implementation of SDGsVoluntary National Review (VNR) of UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) held at IBIS Bangkok Riverside Hotel, Bangkok. As a representative of EquityBD I participated from Bangladesh. Around 43 participants from 13 Asian countries including representatives of UNDP and CSO from Switzerland and South Africa participated in the workshop. The workshop jointly organized by the Asia Development Alliance (ADA) and Asia Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable Development (APSD). Click here full report

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Report on: Platform for Consultation on Hilsa Conservation and Livelihoods

Duration: March 27-28, 2017

Place: Conference Hall, The Maya Manor Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal

International Water Association (IWA-www.iwa-network.org) is a network including different NGOs which are working in the field of water and its resources. It is also a self-governing non-profit organization which serves as a worldwide network for water professionals to advance standards and best practices in sustainable.  During March 27-28, 2017 the IWA organized a platform for consultation on hilsa conservation and livelihoods in Kathmandu, Nepal where I was one of the participants on behalf of COAST Trust. The representatives from University of Dhaka, Sylhet Agricultural University, Bangladesh, Fisheries Research Institute, Chandpur, Bangladesh, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh Environment Development Society, Khulna, Bay of Bengal Prgramme Inter-Governmental Organization, India, The Kaler Kantha (a daily news paper), Bangladesh, Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, India, Integrated Coastal Management, India were present in the platform consultation.

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Report on: ADRRN Annual General Meeting

Duration: December 6-8, 2016

Place: Windsor Suites Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

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 2016 the secretariat organized meeting in Bangkok.

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Report on: PSEA Conference & Workshop Conference & Workshop

Duration: September 5-6, 2016

Place: Windsor Suites Hotel, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand

CHS Alliance (www.chsalliance.org) is a network including different NGOs which are working in the field humanitarian accountability and quality management. In 2007, we got the membership from HAP International and then CHS Alliance. CHS Alliance organized a conference & workshop on “Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA): Investigation Allegation of PSEA by Aid Workers” during September 5-6, 2016 in Bangkok
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Report on: Asian Development Alliance workshop

Duration: 14 -16 August 2016

Place: Bangkok, Thailand

A three days workshop of ADA (Asian Development Alliance) held from 14-16th August 2016. The workshop is participated around 60 participants from Asia and the pacific countries. The workshop has focused on the issue of CSO (Civil Society Organizations) participation and engagement in monitoring of the UN Development Goal “SDG-16” (Sustainable Development Goal-16). Here, the report has mainly put the critical learning from the workshop on SDG 16 issues.
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