To mark the 500 day deadline to meet the Millennium Development Goals and adopt a new global Post-2015 agenda, GCAP constituents across Asia gathered in person and online to launch ‘iMove for Justice, Peace and Equality’, a campaign demanding that leaders at all levels uphold human rights and implement policies that are just, sustainable and transformative. (Read on to see photos and media coverage.)
In the Philippines, a coalition of civil society organisations highlighted the widening wealth gap amidst growing numbers of landless, homeless, malnourished, uneducated, unemployed and sick people in the country.
Youth Ki Awaaz anchored a 12-hour tweet-a-thon in India, 90 minutes focused on each MDG.
Korean activists began by raising awareness at an outdoor event in Seoul . . .
. . . while in Cambodia the focus is on corruption. Following a launch event at a bi-monthly meeting of the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) in Phnom Penh, students and other activists have organised marches, bike rides and other events in the provinces.
« The Post-2015 world should be just and sustainable, » GCAP Global Council member and aksyon/2015 conveor Beckie Malay told media at an event also attended by Quezon City’s vice mayor, « but this can only happen when everyone actively engages and participates in discussions about the future we want. »
The next 15 months present a unique opportunity for action as global leaders are expected to adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals and finalise international climate negotiations at ‘COP 21’. iMoves are being organised as part of the action/2015 asia platform in line with GCAP’s Global Moves for Justice.
Future iMove activities include a photo contest in Cambodia, a UN postcard campaign based on artwork by elementary students affected by Tyhoon Haiyan, basketball clinics, roundtables, climate walks and more.
Selected Media Coverage
« iMove for Justice, Peace and Equality: New Asian Campaign Starts Now » (Thomson Reuters)
« Less than 500 days left, can India meets its MDG targets? » (Down To Earth)
« iMove for 2015: Fighting hunger, injustice and beyond » (Rappler)
« Civil society groups gear up for MDG closing, push for inclusive growth » (GMA News)
« Akyson 2015 MDG Countdown in Quezon Memorial Circle » (Collector’s Connection)
« Akyson/2015: To Inspire Action Among Everyone » (Wazzup Pilipinas)
Sonshine TV39, Newsline Philippines (20 August 2014)
« TI Forum Against Corruption and the Culture of Impunity » (Radio Free Asia, RFA)