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Colombo South Asia Social Democratic Conference 2-3 October 2010

The Council of Social Democrats of Sri Lanka in association with The Network of Social Democracy in Asia (SOCDEM Asia) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) is jointly organizing the 1st South Asian Social Democracy conference under the title “The role of market & State in poverty reduction and improving the efficiency of distributive justice”. The conference will bring together social democratic parties and activists of South Asia.

In the aftermath of the recent global economic depression, the core principles of social democracy have come to the fore of the global socio-political and economic discourse and political practice. This highlights the direct relevance of social democracy to global and South Asian reality. The effects of the global economic slow-down do certainly not spare South Asia.  Nations of this region seeking solutions – in some way or the other – are having social democratic principles in their minds.

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Jakarta Asia Social Democratic Conference 19-22 Oct 2010

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The Network will be organizing its 3rd Regional Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia from the 19-22 October, 2010. The Conference this time is entitled, “Growth, Social Balance and Sustainability: Perspective for Social Democratic Economic Policies in Asia“.

Jakarta is expecting to host participants from all over Asia, including SEA countries, China, Japan, Korea, South Asia countries, Sweden and Australia. Conference brief will be uploaded to this website later.

The Conference is jointly organized with the Jakarta-based Institute of Welfare Democracy, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and the Olof Pale International Centre.

International Integrity Conference 2010, Penang, Malaysia

Welcoming address by Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng at International Integrity Conference 2010 in Eastin Hotel, Penang, Malaysia on Saturday, 7th August 2010:

Good governance has been described as how public institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources in order to guarantee the realization of human rights. Without good governance, we can forget about realizing our goal of transforming Penang into an international city that is a location of choice for investors, a destination of choice for tourists and a habitat of choice for those who desire sustainable living.

Good governance requires several core ingredients: the rule of law, strengthening of public sector management, transparency and accountability, and appropriate strategies to combat corruption.

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission in Asia Pacific states that good governance has 8 major characteristics. It is participatory consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive and follows the rule of law. It assures that corruption is minimized, the views of minorities are taken into account and that the voices of the most vulnerable in society are heard in decision-making. It is also responsive to the present and future needs of society.

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