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May 18, 2016 - Peace Boat participates in Asia-Europe People's Forum (AEPF) meeting on Peace & Security in Hanoi
Peace Boat participated in the Asia Europe People's Forum (AEPF) Thematic Conference on Peace and Security, "Peace and Security in Asia & Europe" held in Hanoi, Viet Nam on May 12-13, 2016. The meeting was organised by the Vietnam Peace & Development Foundation, an International Organising Committee member of the Asia-Europe People's Forum, with the support of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and actionaid.

AEPF is an interregional network of progressive civil society organisations across Asia and Europe. The first AEPF interregional conference was organised in 1996 on the occasion of the first Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) held in Bangkok, the official meeting between heads of state of the European Union and 16 Asian countries. Since then People's Forums have been held biennially as an Alternative Summit to the ASEM, and AEPF has assumed the unique function of fostering people's solidarity across the two regions, becoming a vehicle for advancing the people's voice within Asia-Europe relations. Peace Boat participants in the Peace & Security cluster of the AEPF - one of the main themes along with resource justice, food sovereignty, trade and investment, climate justice and energy production, social justice, and participatory democracy.

The 11th Asia-Europe Peoples' Forum will be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia between July 4-6, 2016. Marking the 20th anniversary of ASEM and the AEPF, this year's theme is "Building New Solidarities: Working for Inclusive, Just and Equal Alternatives in Asia and Europe." In preparation for this, several thematic conferences are being held in Europe and Asia to set the agenda and programme for the Ulaanbaatar meeting. In Hanoi, discussions were held on the South China Sea conflict, the importance of supporting local peace processes, radicalisation and terrorism, and the international momentum towards the banning of nuclear weapons. Representing the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), Peace Boat International Coordinator Meri Joyce presented a paper on networking among peace movements and people's organizations in Asia and Europe, and creating synergies for common struggles, taking note of the recently launched Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on Northeast Asian Security and the upcoming 11th AEPF in Mongolia. Other issues discussed during the two day meeting were growing militarism in the Asia-Pacific seas and region, the refugee humanitarian crises (in Europe and in Southeast Asia), the impact of trade and investments on inequality and conflict, the Ukraine-Russia and MENA conflicts, and the trends in global military spending and arms trade.

More information about the 11th Asia Europe People's Forum (AEPF11) to be held in Mongolia can be seen here.

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