Bangkok, THAILAND – The Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) is proud to be among the more than 30 civil society organizations (CSOs) which participated at the Regional Conference on Development Models: Promoting a Transformative Agenda for Sustainable Development, August 15–17, 2011.
The conference, organized by the Reality of Aid (RoA), Asia-Pacific Regional Network (APRN), and IBON International, sought to increase the awareness and understanding of CSOs and peoples’ movements in the South on key issues in Busan 2011 and to bring different CSOs and peoples’ movements in the South into a common discussion on development models for a common regional advocacy agenda.
The first day of the conference introduced the participants to the key issues and state of play for Busan 2011. Participants were grouped to discuss public-private partnerships for development, climate financing and south-south cooperation.
A deeper understanding of neoliberal growth paradigms, alternative development approaches, and sustainable development paradigms opened the second the day of the conference. By the end of the day, workshop sessions on natural resource management, transforming industries and built environments, and international dimensions on trade, foreign investments, finance and development paved the discussion of the Asia Civil Society Statement for the Busan High Level Forum 4.
The last day of the conference was a Strategy Workshop for Rio+20, which sought to analyze the regional and country level dimensions of green economy, institutional framework for sustainable development and opportunities for engagement.
Participating CSO representatives came from from India, China, the Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Vietnam, South Korea.