Ms. Manique Gunaratne was a Resource Person at The Asia Pacific Peoples’ Forum 2022, held in Thailand in March 2022 both as a physical and virtual event. The programme was organized by the Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM), which provided an inclusive space for discussion and sharing among civil society organizations (CSOs) and peoples’ movements in the region on their positions on key sustainable development issues. The Peoples’ Forum carves its space against a backdrop of shrinking civic spaces, widened inequalities, and the digital divide brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Forum aimed to serve as a platform that harnesses the collective voice of the region’s people towards transformative and genuine development that serves the needs of the most marginalized.
The Peoples’ Forum was titled “Confronting Corporate Power and Demanding State Accountability for Just and Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Crises in Asia and the Pacific”. This forum aimed to serve as an avenue for civil society organizations, peoples’ movements, and grassroots sectors and communities to build solidarity, foster sharing, and create a progressive narrative on sustainable development and development justice in the context of the systemic barriers worsened by COVID-19.
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