Talking ASEAN on “ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF) 2016 in Timor-Leste: Potentials and Constraints for the Future of CSOs’ Engagement”

JAKARTA – On Tuesday, 21 June 2016, The Habibie Center hosted the 35th Talking ASEAN dialogue entitled “ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF) 2016 in Timor-Leste: Potentials and Constraints for the Future of CSOs’ Engagement at The Habibie Center Building in Jakarta.

This edition of Talking ASEAN was moderated by Askabea Fadhilla (Researcher, The Habibie Center) and featured an expert panel made up of Yoong Yoong Lee (Director of Community Affairs Directorate, ASEAN Secretariat), Isman Pasha (Directorate of ASEAN Functional Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia), Yuyun Wahyuningrum (Senior Advisor on ASEAN and Human Rights, Human Rights Working Group) and Mugiyanto (Senior Program Officer for Human Rights and Democracy, INFID).

The objectives of this Talking ASEAN were to: (a) examine potentials and challenges for Timor-Leste in hosting the ACSC/APF2016; (b) identify ASEAN perspective on the importance of Timor-Leste as the host of the ACSC/APF2016 in engaging Southeast Asia people; and (c) explore the possibilities of improving CSOs future engagement through the existing mechanism of the ACSC/APF.

The first to speak was Mr. Mugiyanto who explained the rationale behind the decision of holding ACSC/APF2016 in Timor-Leste. Another representative from the CSOs, Yuyun Wahyuningrum continued to share some of the achievements made by the CSOs for the past decade. Meanwhile, Isman Pasha, as the government representative emphasized that Indonesia has always been supporting the CSOs community. The last to speak was Yoong Yoong Lee who reviewed ASEAN’s position towards CSOs.

This was followed by a Question and Answer session which heard a number of participants in the audience address questions to the resource persons.

To download a copy of the Discussion Report and the powerpoints presentations, please click here.

22 June 2016

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