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Socdem Asia hosts Conference on Energy Security:  Advancing a Progressive Response to the Energy Challenge

Socdem Asia hosts Conference on Energy Security: Advancing a Progressive Response to the Energy Challenge

With energy security being a persistent programmatic thrust of Socdem Asia, the network brought together members of political parties, think tanks, civil society organizations, diplomatic community, and government officials from Indonesia, Malaysia, Germany and the Philippines in a dialogue about shifting to more rene wable sources of energy. The conference which was held earlier this November was housed in Discovery Primea, Makati Philippines.  It was made possible through the cooperation of Socdem Asia, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Active Citizenship Foundation.    The conference sought to weigh-in lessons from national and international experiences that will help inform a progressive energy security agenda.  It also...

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Socdem Asia Statement on Closing the Gender Gap

Socdem Asia Statement on Closing the Gender Gap

Much has been achieved in the advancement of women’s rights in the fields of public service, business, academe, arts and culture. Such advancement was the fruit of the persistent struggle of the women whose defiance to break successive glass ceilings was often met with scorn, disdain and violence. It is true that in some societies the women’s movements have already brought their countries to greater progress while in others the challenges to empowerment persist and the struggles continue to play out. Therefore, as progressives and feminist women and men, we commit to join together to contribute in closing the gender...

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Closing the Gender Gap

Closing the Gender Gap

Women make up half the talent base of each nation, making it self-evident that any given country's success and development depends on wheter women are given an equal voice in society and political representation as well as equal employment opportunities.A country that values its girls and women as much as boys and men, invests in their health and education, provides opportunities to participate in the economy and encourages them to be involved in its politics, will benefit from the inclusion and the equality.Greater female representation in the public sector and labour markets increases productivity, reduces poverty and makes for a...

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Building Open and Safe Societies for All

Building Open and Safe Societies for All

Countering Right-wing Populism The right-wing populists that promote xenophobia, fundamentalism and violent radicalization seem to be on the rise and winning the debate in Europe, USA and South East Asia. Political and economic marginalization aggravated by the financial crises in different continents since the 90’s have contributed to undermine established political leaders and stirred popular discontent. Many voters responded by electing maverick politicians who promised to target corruption, establish fresh agendas and radically solve all problems. In many cases, populist leaders based their appeal on the frustrations and aspirations of groups excluded from political power or afraid of the current socio-economic...

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Message of Ibu Megawati Sukarnoputri, former President of Indonesia, to the Socdem Asia - Progressive Alliance Meeting in Denpasar

Message of Ibu Megawati Sukarnoputri, former President of Indonesia, to the Socdem Asia - Progressive Alliance Meeting in Denpasar

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi WabarakatuhGreetings of Peace to all of usSalomNamo Buddhaya Om SwastiastuIt is with tremendous pleasure and happiness that I stand here and speak to you, delegates of the members of the Progressive Alliance, and delegates of political parties as well as those from labor parties and organizations. Welcome to the Gods Island. This moment reminds me to a historical event which also attended by several countries and initiated by Indonesia, the Asian African Conference. The spirit and soul of the conference has become milestone for the establishment of countries in the Asian, African, and Latin America regions. Dasa Sila...

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SOCDEM Asia Celebrates the Nomination of Rui Araujo as East Timor’s Prime Minister

SOCDEM Asia Celebrates the Nomination of Rui Araujo as East Timor’s Prime Minister

Socdem Asia is extremely delighted by the auspicious developments in East Timor, as long-time pro-democracy activist and former health and deputy-prime minister Rui Araujo prepares to become the country’s prime minister.  Mr. Araujo, who hails from opposition Fretilin party and has long been seen as a favorite to become the...

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SocDem Asia launches Regional Partnership Project with SDP in Kathmandu

SocDem Asia launches Regional Partnership Project with SDP in Kathmandu

“A Social Democratic Asia: Strengthening Inclusive Policy Formulation” a regional partnership project between SocDem Asia and the Danish Social Democratic Party (SDP) was formally launched in Kathmandu, Nepal on the 28th of August 2016.   The project, supported through the Danish Institute of Parties and Democracy (DIPD), intends to develop national programme...

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Progressive Government Officials and Parliamentarians Met to Share Lessons and Best Practices in Governance

Progressive Government Officials and Parliamentarians Met to Share Lessons and Best Practices in Governance

The conference brought about various stakeholders and progressive thinkers from across the region to discuss best practices in local democracy and participatory governance in the 21st century, taking inspiration from various grassroots movements, which have transformed the political landscape of countries such as Indonesia, the new president of which, “Jokowi”...

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Statement on the ASEM summit: More decent jobs, increased equality and a better climate

Statement on the ASEM summit: More decent jobs, increased equality and a better climate

In the last two decades, the vast regions of Asia and Europe have moved closer to each other, resulting in the establishment of a number of cooperation and coordination mechanisms, including the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Bringing together the 28 members of the European Union (EU), the 10 members of the...

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Who is really guilty of Sedition?

Who is really guilty of Sedition?

By Howard Lee His Majesty’s “Loyal” Opposition The Westminsterial Parliamentary system which our Nation’s founding fathers and mothers agreed upon, was one that afforded the Opposition the title of “His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. The Loyal Opposition is an integral and irreplaceable branch of the Parliamentary/ Legislative institution. This is not just the...

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