A Brief Histroy of the AEPF
In 1996 over 400 grassroots leaders, campaigners, researchers and progressive parliamentarians met at a conference in Bangkok to discuss regional integration and the need for civil society activists to address new challenges posed by neo-liberal globalisation and forged a programme of action. This led to the formation of the AEPF. The idea was to hold a civil society People’s Forum parallel to the biannual summits of Asian and European governments (ASEM). Since its inception the AEPF has taken place every two years with wide mobilisation and active participation of civil society networks: London 1998, Seoul 2000, Copenhagen 2002, Hanoi 2004, Helsinki 2006, Beijing 2008, Brussels 2010, Vientiane 2012, Milan 2014 and Ulan Bator 2016. The next AEPF will take place in Brussels, in 2018.
Who's part of the AEPF?
The AEPF is an open and fluid network, shaped and supported by numerous organisations and social movements from Asia and Europe. Among the members of the IOC and the many other organisations involved in AEPF activities are the Institute for Popular Democracy (The Philippines), Focus on the Global South (Bangkok), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM Asia), Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation, MSN (Malaysia), Vietnam Peace and Development Foundation (Vietnam), IGJ (Indonesia for Global Justice, Jakarta), Transnational Institute (The Netherlands), Stiftung Asienhaus (Germany), FreshEyes - People to People (United Kingdom), French AEPF Collective (France), Finnish AEPF Committee, Ecologistas en Accion (Spain).