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Program          Speaker Biographies              Background publication on APEC

Workshops, Stalls and Activities             Registration

 

What is APEC?

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meet in Sydney in September 2007.  There are 21 heads of government of Pacific Rim economies coming for the meeting.

Despite media reports, APEC does not just mean traffic chaos, security threats and silly shirts.

APEC actually stands for achieving a complete free trade objective in the Asia Pacific region, and also discusses issues like security and terrorism, without serious consideration of human rights or the environment. It will be the most significant meeting Australia has ever hosted.

What’s happening about APEC in Sydney?

Over 20 key community groups, trade unions and environment groups have formed the ‘Asia Pacific People for Environment and Community (APPEC)’ coalition in response to the APEC meetings being held in Sydney.

This group will be holding two exciting community events design to ‘put people into APEC’, and will consider the important social justice issues  and environmental issues which APEC fails to address.

- Asia Pacific People for Environment and Community – putting people into APEC! -

Public forum – Guthrie Theatre, University of Technology, 5:30pm arrival for 6:30pm start, Friday 31 August.  

Guthrie Theatre, Design Building (Building 6), Harris St entrance (near the ABC building and near the overhead footbridge)

A public forum where leading thinkers, community leaders, NGOs, and others, come together to learn about the narrow focus of APEC’s free trade agenda, and its failure to consider labour rights, human rights or the environment. Fair trade information stalls and products available.

Featuring:      

Lori Wallach, (United States), trade lawyer, author and director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

Sharan Burrow, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and President of the Global Unions’ International Trade Union Confederation.

Yuri Munsayac, (Philippines), Asia Partnership for Human Development

Don Henry, Executive Director, Australian Conservation Foundation

MC: Tim Brunero, former Big Brother contestant!

 

Conference – Guthrie Theatre, University of Technology, 9.30am – 4pm Saturday 1 September

Guthrie Theatre, Design Building (Building 6), Harris St entrance (near the ABC building and near the overhead footbridge)

A collaborative community space that draws people together for engagement on the topics APEC fails to address, such as human rights, labour rights and the environment. Panel sessions, workshops, information stalls, doco screenings, art exhibition and activities.

Featuring:      

Richard Broinowski, Adjunct Professor, Sydney University, former Australian Diplomat

Professor Jane Kelsey, (New Zealand), University of Auckland and Action Resource Education Network of Aotearoa (ARENA)

John Sutton, National Secretary, Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union

 

Asia Pacific People for Environment and Community is:

Aid Watch, Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Australian Council for International Development, Australian Council of Trade Unions, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, Australian Services Union, Caritas Australia, Community and Public Sector Union - State Public Services Federation, Construction Forestry Mining   Energy Union, Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education, Friends of the Earth Australia, Global Trade Watch, Grail Global Justice Network, Greenpeace, Jubilee Australia, NSW Teachers Federation, Presentation Sisters (Wagga), Search Foundation, Sisters of Charity, The Commons Institute, Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, Unions NSW

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