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Recommendations for Committee Permanent Representatives

Submitted on 16 February 2011, Meeting with CPR Chair

We thank the opportunity of meeting civil society today by Committee Permanent Representatives Chair and we hope that this practice can establish standard of consultation and set the mechanism of engagement with other ASEAN’s stakeholders. We would like to use this opportunity to convey our key concerns and aspirations regarding two issues: (a) the Draft of Guidelines on ASEAN’s Relations with Civil Society Organizations, and (b) area of cooperation between CPR and civil society.

A. Our aspirations on the Draft of Guidelines on ASEAN’s Relations with Civil Society Organizations

1. We applaud the Indonesia’s leadership of ASEAN which put “people-centered ASEAN” as its overarching principles to achieve three pronged objectives in 2011. It is therefore, we thrust Indonesia to
establish the engagement mechanism by practice.

 

2. We call on the finalization of the Draft of Guidelines on ASEAN’s Relations with Civil Society Organizations in the mid of the year under the Indonesia’s leadership of ASEAN in 2011 which is guided with principles of non-discrimination, inclusivity, equality, accessibility, engagement for cooperation, transparency, accountability, and fairness and procedural simplicity.

3. We envision that the affiliated and accredited status of civil society organizations to ASEAN shall allow spaces for civil society organizations to observe the sessions and get the opportunity to make
written and oral intervention in the ASEAN’s proceeding on issues related to the interest of the people in ASEAN.

4. Given the increased interest of civil society organizations to engage with ASEAN, the Draft of Guidelines on ASEAN’s Relations with Civil Society Organizations, should not have terminating clauses for civil society organizations to engage with ASEAN.

B. Area of Cooperation between CPR and civil society organizations

To be the ASEAN people-centered and even more as the people-driven ASEAN, the association is required to establish and strengthen cooperative relationships with stakeholders including civil society organizations. Such cooperation needs to be extended to the full range of stakeholders who play a vital role in reaching the goal of ASEAN. We envisage CPR will take more active role to reaching out to civil society organizations and the people of ASEAN in understanding their need and concerns as well as participate in their activities such as ASEAN Civil Society Conference that will be organized on 3-5 May 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Similarly, CPR also can endorse the participation of civil society and engagement to number of ASEAN forum, one of them is the ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labor. END

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