Asean leaders meet Civil Society Organization representatives

April 4, 2012 10:10 pm 

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, April 4 — President Benigno S. Aquino III joined other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in meeting the representatives of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from the Asean member-States at the Peace Palace, here in Phnom Penh on Tuesday.

During the meeting, the CSOs representatives presented their collective statement under the theme “We the People of Asean Joining Hands Together for an Asean Community” with their recommendations to the Asean leaders.

The representatives raised the issues of gender and development, labor, migrant workers and decent work, disability and development, ethnic and minority groups, democracy, and human rights, good governance, and natural resources.

The discussion with Asean leaders also included environment and climate change, livelihood improvement and food security, ICT, mass media, financial and banking infrastructure development, CSOs-state partnership, peace and security.

The Asean leaders have agreed to convene an annual meeting with CSOs Representatives since 2005, which started in Malaysia. (PNA) RMA/PCOO/rsm

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