2010-2015 APGN Strategic Plan | Asia Pacific Greens

2010-2015 APGN Strategic Plan

Agreed at the APGN 2010 Congress, held in Taipei, 30 April – 2 May 2010

This Plan aims to develop and strengthen the Asia Pacific Greens Network (APGN) over the next five years. With this plan, all Green parties and political movements can be more active and influential, playing a greater role in political affairs in the Asia-Pacific region. 

 

Background

The Asia Pacific Greens Network (APGN) brings the region’s Green parties and movements together. Our region will be critically important and influential for world affairs in this 21st century. Yet it is dominated by developing countries in which democracy is still young or not yet born. The challenge is to nourish democratic values and allow Green ideas to flourish. The world needs development in Asia and the Pacific to be built on solid foundations of democracy and sustainability.

Green movements have developed unevenly throughout the region. In some countries it is not possible to register a Green party. In others, significant numbers of Green politicians are already elected at all levels from local councils to national parliaments.

In several countries Green parties have begun to contest elections, or will in the next few years. Some of these have had their candidates elected. Other members have become legal parties, but face huge obstacles to electoral success. They may form alliances with better-resourced, established parties in their countries that are sympathetic to Green ideas and in this way influence election outcomes.

Certain of our members are social movements, Non Government Organisations (NGOs) or community groups that share our Green objectives, some of which intend to become political parties, but have not done so yet. Others do not intend to become political parties themselves. They may not stand their own candidates, but they advance Green ideas and may influence the election outcome by their campaigns, sometimes supporting other candidates or parties.  The APGN strategy must acknowledge these differences and plan for them.

 

Objectives:

To have an Asia-Pacific wide network of well established, viable political parties and movements exercising decisive political influence, cooperating to promote, implement and develop the goals of the Global Greens Charter, at national and international levels. 

By 2015 we will seek to ensure that:

  1. The APGN has helped its member organizations maximise their political influence and is heard as a significant green political voice across the Asia Pacific region;
  2. Green parties and political movements in the APGN have grown in strength and number and have achieved greater representation in public office.  Where elections are not possible, significant progress is made towards democratisation of governance and electoral systems;
  3. Green parties and political movements in the region are comprehensively responding to climate change and other global and regional environmental issues. This will involve strong advocacy for climate justice;
  4. There is an active Asia Pacific Young Greens Network (APGYN) campaigning in its own right and providing active members to Greens parties and movements in the region;
  5. Within the APGN and its member organisations women are fully involved and play an equal role at all levels;
  6. Within the APGN and its member organizations, the role of Indigenous peoples and other oppressed groups is strengthened; and
  7. Green parties and political movements in the region are campaigning strongly for “fair share” policies and practices aimed at reducing poverty and promoting social and environmental justice. This includes campaigns against discrimination based on gender, race, age, religion, class, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, disability, wealth or health.

 

Strategy

To succeed each member group - political party or movement - will need to carry out its own program.  The APGN strategy calls for collaborative activities that involve all or several members.

Sharing information and experiences among members:  Such sharing may involve web resources and email discussion groups, study tours of one or more countries, collaborative research projects and campaign strategies.  For example, a research project may examine which electoral systems offer better opportunities for Green candidates.

Joint political campaigns:  Let us seize opportunities for joint campaigns on global and regional issues, such as climate change, free trade agreements, human rights abuses and shortfalls of democracy. Campaigns could cover bioregional concerns that cross national borders.  As opportunities arise the APGN can coordinate joint campaigns.  Examples of possible campaigns are given in the Operational Plan.

Assistance to emerging Green parties and movements: A priority will be to support emerging Green organisations in developing countries. Developed and developing countries will need extra opportunities to learn from each other’s ideas and experiences, including through exchange programs. The APGN can offer them inspiration, resources and help to develop their organisations and gain exposure to regional and global Greens activities.

A Network of Green Institutes:  Green Institutes have been formed in some countries to strengthen Green politics. This work could be extended by collaborating regionally and globally with like-minded organisations and by helping to strengthen the APGN.  APGN members are encouraged to explore the creation of Green Institutes in their countries where appropriate.

Financial resources:  Funds for APGN activities will be sought from member groups, philanthropic organisations or individuals, government programs, etc.  Most available support will be directed to develop the organisation of emerging Green parties and movements.  The APGN will not fund election campaign activities in any country nor coordinate such funding from its members.

 

Operational Plan 2010

Operational plans describe activities planned for each year and identify the responsible actor - person or group responsible to ensure that each activity is carried out.  At the end of each year, the operational plan should list the following:  a progress report of each item, a review of action groups, and finalisation of the next year’s operational plan. 

1. Communication Strengthening: Establish and maintain communication mechanisms for information sharing between APGN groups, including a web presence.  Information exchange will include: 

  • Database on Green politics and related issues and activities of all Green groups around AP region, including local issues;
  • Responsible Actors: APGCC, Communications Working Committee, and All members.
  • Timeframe: Ongoing

2. Membership Strengthening: 

  • Interface with other green movements (including small and local green groups) and emerging green parties to expand and strengthen the APGN membership base; 
  • Identify and mobilise nascent groups and introduce Global Greens Charter to them for their consideration
  • Responsible Actors: APGCC, APGN Membership Panel, and All members.
  • Timeframe: Ongoing

3. Campaign:  Coordinate a region-wide campaign on climate change whereby participating members will: 

  • Effectively lobby their national government to actively support international agreements;
  • Organise actions at the community level to increase awareness of the imminent consequences of climate change, and to promote mitigation and adaptation to it;
  • Promote regional collaboration;
  • Responsible Actors:  Climate Change Action Group, and All members.
  • TImeframe: Ongoing

4. Support: Establish infrastructure for political and financial support, especially for the Greens from poor countries.

  • Responsible Actors: Resource Management and Fundraising Working committee
  • Timeframe: Stage 1: June-August, 2010

5. Research: Conduct a collaborative research project on electoral systems in all APGN countries, with a view to promoting systems more conducive to electing Greens to public office.

  • Responsible Actors: Electoral Reform Resource Group
  • Timeframe: May-Dec 2010

6. Youth: Establish a functioning Asia-Pacific Youth Green Network (APYGN) with established mechanisms for liaison with APGN.

  • Responsible Actors: APGCC and APYGN committee with support from APGN members
  • Timeframe: May-July 2010

7. Gender: Investigate options and set up procedures for achieving gender inclusiveness in the APGN and APGN groups.

  • Responsible Actors: Gender Inclusiveness Working Committee and all APGN groups.
  • Timeframe: Apr-Nov 2010

8. Operations: Review and evaluate achievements after 1 year and revise 2011 operational plan.

  • Responsible Actors: APGN Committee in consultation with APGN members
  • TImeframe: Feb-April 2011

Other possible activities for 2010 (deferred unless all items in 1. [the table] are in hand)

  •  Develop a calendar of international events and conferences that members may wish to participate in and/or campaign at for Green issues.
  •  Inter-country visits where possible – groups visit each other. 
  •  Support new and ongoing Asia-Pacific wide campaigns as required by member groups.
  •  Conduct fundraising for APGN wide capacity building.
  •  Identify other capacity building mechanisms and projects for existing member groups.
  • Promote and implement resolutions from Taipei.
  • Conduct a three-week study tour of Australia by other Greens representatives to observe Australian election campaigning activities [Using Australian Government grant].

Other activities for possible inclusion into the 2011 and 2012 Operational Plans (deferred unless all items in 1. [the table] are in hand)

  • Involve APGN in planning and agenda setting for the next Global Greens Conference in 2012 or 2013.
  • Advocacy for an international convention to protect the rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, in the Asia-Pacific area.

Standing Working Committees 

To implement this plan the APGCC will establish Working Committees and Action Groups. Items in the table above will require a Climate Change Action Group and the following Working Committees:

  • Membership Panel
  • Advocacy and Media Working Committee
  • Communications Working Committee
  • Resource Management and Fundraising Working Committee
  • Electoral Reform Resource Group
  • Gender inclusiveness advisory group

 

Action Groups:  Specific campaigns will require Action Groups will be established on demand from members. Some proposed Action Groups are:

  • Climate Change
  • Anti-Nuclear Issues
  • Mining Victims
  • Wildlife protection
  • Himalaya campaigns
  • Energy AG
  • Conservation AG
  • Sustainable Economy AG
  • Human Rights AG
  • Labor and Employment AG
  • Peace and Security AG
  • Election AG
  • Democracy AG
  • Queer AG
  • Victims of mining AG
  • High Tech AG

5-Year Policy Target (Campaign-oriented) - Responsible Actors: APGN Action Groups 

 Ecology 

  • Provide concrete strategies and policies to reduce GHG emissions, particularly of countries with high amount of emissions such as China, India, Japan, South Korea etc.  Make a common effort to create a green and carbon neutral Asia.   (Climate AG,  Energy AG)
  • Make common policies and campaign among APGN on energy conversion to renewables, not depending on “nuclear” politics  (Energy AG)
  • Do campaign to protect biodiversity and wild animals in the forest and sea (Conservation AG)