Towards an ASEAN People-Centered Approach to COVID-19? The role, response and scope of cooperation among CSO networks

Panelists: senior officials from ASEAN AHA Center, Indonesian Foreign Ministry, representatives of various NGO networks from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia Myanmar, and Philippines, as well as private sector and academic representatives. (Webinar link will be sent before the meeting)

June 2, 2020, 2:00 PM Bangkok/Jakarta time.


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*Sign Language Interpreters available.
**The Zoominar language is English

COVID-19 and the countermeasures have compromised the life of society, especially the weak, poor, and marginalized. Even though CSOs themselves are exposed to the pandemics and their movements curtailed, they advocate and respond in the public sphere. Still, CSOs must cope with the demand of the new normal with shifting priorities, resources, and accountability. At the regional level, there was ASEAN Chair’s statement on the Collective Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak, and the ASEAN and ASEAN + 3 Special Summits on the COVID-19 Disease was organized. But, have ASEAN leaders provided the space for communities and CSOs to contribute to these decisions?

In collaboration with ICVA and the Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG), the Secretariat of Indonesia CSO-NGO Network-of-Networks, abbreviated as SEJAJAR, a platform that emerged amidst COVID-19, which so far consisted of 25 cross-sector national networks and 600 NGOs in 34 provinces, organizes this Zoominar to provide the opportunity for CSO networks to pose that very question: 1) To what extent the people-centered principle, a cornerstone of ASEAN Charter, plays out in the decision making for the response, recovery from COVID-19; and from there, 2) what are the niches for CSOs in the “new normal” in ASEAN?

Puji Pujiono (Senior Advisor, Pujiono Centre)

1. Achsanul Habib (Director of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Foreign Ministry Indonesia)
2. Qingrui Huang (Acting Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, International Council of Voluntary Agencies)
3. Kate Sutton (Director, Humanitarian Advisory Group)
4. Adelina Kamal (Executive Director, AHA Centre)
5. Rahmawati Husein (Vice-Chair, Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center)
6. Rene “Butch” Meily (President, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation)
7. Prof. Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria (Co-Chair, Malaysian CSO-SDG Alliance)
8. Pansy Tun Thein (Executive Director, Local Resource Centre, Myanmar)
9. Sam Sovann (Chairman of the Steering Committee, Cambodia Humanitarian Forum)
10. Sok Phoeuk (Country Representative, ADPC in Cambodia)

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Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
Organiser or Host: 
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