Equity principle under attack in the Asia-Pacific post-2015 development agenda

Reportage from the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Dialogue in Bangkok, by IBON International:

“Civil society has engaged Asia & Pacific governments in the Asia Pacific Ministerial Dialogue (APMD) to commit to real transformative change. Yet propositions that strongly articulate the need for equity have been stubbornly opposed by the United States and other advanced countries who are not even part of the region but members of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The US, United Kingdom, France and other advanced countries were part of the core group that led to the formation of ESCAP as part of post-war reconstruction under the Marshall Plan.

Paul Quintos of the Campaign for People’s Goals pointed out that this obsctructionism is principally to balme for the uninspired outcome of the Ministerial, which is full of vague acknowledgements of the need to help developing countries as well as lip service to poverty eradication and sustainable development. Neth Dano of the ETC Group – Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration added that this has resulted in a neutered draft, as developed countries refuse to recognize common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) and other Rio principles by blocking any reference to it in the Ministerial draft. Chee Yoke Ling of Third World Network (TWN) stressed that it is therefore important for civil society to assert and attempt to win over developing countries in the region as our allies, fight for formerly agreed-upon principles and isolate those that do not rightfully belong in the region.”

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