Resolutions: APGN 2nd Congress

Resolutions:

  1. Thanks to APGN Membership Panel and Global Greens Coordination 
  2. Amending the Sao Paolo Global Greens climate declaration
  3. Rights of Mother Earth
 

1.  Thanks to APGN Membership Panel and Global Greens Coordination 

Membership Panel: Ms Miriam Solomon, Ms Moena Thibral Heiura, Mr Olzod Bum-Yalagch, Dr Inwhan Jung, Mr Suresh Nautiyal, Mr Liaquat Ali Shaikh 

Global Greens Coordination: Ms Margaret Blakers, Ms Satoko Watanabe, Mr Solomone Fifita 

 

2. Amending the Sao Paolo Global Greens climate declaration

Australia - Margaret Blakers 

There is no mechanism to amend Global Greens Declarations, so this resolution is in two parts: 

  1. That, provided all Global Greens Federations agree, the Sao Paolo Declaration titled 'Climate Change -- Time for Transformation' may be amended. 
  2. That a new paragraph be added at the end of the Declaration as follows: 

Addendum [date to be inserted]Two years after the Sao Paolo meeting, the Global Greens support the target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels proposed at the Copenhagen climate conference by the Pacific nation of Tuvalu, and backed by small island states and other vulnerable countries. 

 

3. Rights of Mother Earth

Australia, Taiwan, India, Pakistan Elissa Jenkins

The APGN endorses the Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth adopted by the World People’s Climate Conference in Bolivia in April 2010. 

 

4. Taipei Accord on Climate Change and Renewable Energy

Shuji Imamoto (ECOLO Japan), Robin Winkler (Taiwan Greens),Luke Dodds (Taiwan Greens), Inwhan Jung (Korea Greens), Ozlod Boum-Yalaguch (Mongolian Green Movement), Kumi Kato (The Australian Greens), Bob Hale (The Australian Greens) , Bob Muntz (The Australian Greens).

The APGN member groups will take the following steps:

  1. Asia Pacific Greens from Annex I countries in the Kyoto Protocol, call on their governments to promise GHG reduction targets followed by a certain level of thorough research and policy details by 2012.  
  2. Call for a stronger and permanent campaign for their governments and industries to promise much higher binding, mandatory targets both by 2020 and 2050, to realise the large-scale reduction of GHG emissions with respect to the 1990 level. 
  3. Call on our respective governments to ensure that they actively give direct financial and technical support to less industrialized countries to make the transition to sustainable energy resources and improve energy efficiency.  
  4. Pressure governments and electricity companies to establish concrete targets to implement renewable energy, and call on governments in each country to promote renewable energy and technologies for delivery and storage in the most effective ways. 

 

5. Shift in Paradigms and Systems that Govern Societies

Sri Lanka Green Alliance Sanka

The APGN demands mechanisms that take into account indigenous and local knowledge, sciences, ideologies and concepts. This would include conducting research of the causes and impacts of climate change and to create impact models at regional, national and global levels. We also support localised adaptation and mitigation techniques to address climate change and pressure all parties at all levels to facilitate indigenous and local solutions.  

 

6. Himalayan region and Tibetan water issues:

India + Tibet (Suresh and Tenzin Norbu)

Background:

The Himalayan Region including the Tibetan Plateau is one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world. The principle of “fair share” should apply to waters originating in the Himalayan region including Tibetan Plateau. In recognition that the current trend towards damming these rivers has a severe detrimental effect on other Asian nations, development should involve collaboration with all down stream nations and seek to preserve biodiversity.

APGN calls on

  1. Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, authorities in occupied Tibet and other Himalayan states to evolve a collective and comprehensive policy to protect its ecosystems, people, plants and animals.  
  2. The People’s Republic of China to ratify treaties related to international water sharing issues. 

 

7. Taiwan’s Involvement in UNFCCC

Taiwan - Robin Winkler  

Acknowledging that sources of GHG emissions and the consequences of climate change are global in nature…

The APGN firmly supports the right of the people of Taiwan to fully and fairly participate in international bodies that seek to foster international cooperation in confronting climate change such as the UNFCCC. We further acknowledge that excluding any group or region from participating in such bodies weakens the ability of the global community to effectively address climate change.

 

8. Proposal re Biodiversity

Australia - Elliot Gingold 
We call on Asian and Pacific governments to:  

  1. Acknowledge the critical importance of safeguarding biodiversity as part of our climate change response and commit to urgent action to address the systemic drivers of biodiversity loss. 
  2. Substantially increase investment in biodiversity and ecosystem protection, restoration and management.  
  3. Greatly expand national and region-wide protected area systems over land and sea.  
  4. Work with local communities to preserve forests and uphold their rights to manage forest resources and secure sustainable livelihoods; and to stop the destruction of natural forests for biofuel plantations.  
  5. End over-fishing and destructive fishing practices and move rapidly to sustainable fisheries. 
  6. Prevent environmentally and socially destructive mining, minerals and energy projects. 

 

9. Antarctic Whale Sanctuary

Aotearoa New Zealand - Russell Norman

In this international year of biodiversity this conference call on the worlds community of nations to:

  1. List Antarctica & its oceans as a World Heritage Site for all times  
  2. Protect the region’s (Antarctica) wildlife, including whales and all ecosystems, and 
  3. Take urgent action to reverse climate change, ocean acidification + direct human impact, which threatens the Antarctic region and its biodiversity. 

 

10. Asia Pacific Peace Day

Korean Greens - Inwhan Jung

The APGN encourages its members to commemorate an annual ‘Asia Pacific Peace Day’ to build up collaborative efforts for peace and happiness in keeping with both human and ecological virtues of people in this region. The APGN asks the Coordination Committee to work with members to agree on a specific date.

 

11. Asia Pacific Conflicts

Pakistan - Liaquat

APGN demands the international community plays their role to stop wars in the Asia Pacific region, bring peace and let regional countries solve their issues themselves through peaceful dialogue particularly worst affected countries, such as Afghanistan and Iraq and also long standing conflicts between India & Pakistan, Palestine & Israel, China & Taiwan, South & North Korea.

 

12. DEPLETED URANIUM WEAPONS

Jason Hoy and Miriam Solomon (for the Australian Greens)

Background:

Opposition to depleted uranium weapons is stated in article 9.5 of the Global Greens Charter.

The manufacture of depleted uranium weapons continues in the absence of an international ban on use of such armaments.

The issue of depleted uranium weapons will be on the agenda of the UN General Assembly for its 65th Session beginning in September 2010.

Resolution:

In an effort to break the arms race spiral and build world peace APGN:

  1. Urges all member organisations to raise awareness of depleted uranium weapons in their home countries and pressure their governments to expedite an international ban on such weapons and munitions.   
  2. Supports the Taiwan Green Party’s efforts to make Taiwan DU free, and to make all military usage of depleted uranium a crime against humanity. 

 

13. Nuclear Power in the Asia Pacific region

(proposed by Greens Japan, Ecolo Japan, Green Party Taiwan, Partido Kalikasan, Korea Greens, Mongolian National Green Movement) Keisuke Miyazawa (Greens Japan)

The APGN recommends that its members promote the sharing of information concerning the nuclear power of each country and strengthen the network with a view to stopping all existing and proposed nuclear power plants, uranium mining and disposal in the Asia Pacific Region, including: Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Australia, Philippines, India, Pakistan. 

We oppose nuclear plants in the region because for most countries in the region, our geology is too unstable for nuclear plants with significant risk of earthquakes. The problem of spent nuclear fuel disposal has not been resolved in any Asia Pacific countries,. And finally, for the entire world nuclear energy development increases the risk of proliferation of nuclear weapons.

To show of our resolve, the APGN to calls on the government of Taiwan to recognize that there are no safe conditions for nuclear construction in Taiwan and to abort plans for the proposed 4th nuclear power plant of Taiwan. The expansion of nuclear power plants in the region MUST STOP NOW

 

14. Gold and Nuclear Programs in Mongolia

Mongolian Green Movement – Saruul Agvaandorjiin

Rationale:

Mongolia is being exploited by foreign and domestic gold mining companies causing severe environmental, health and human rights problems. In addition, the government secretly approved a law to allow nuclear power to be used.

Resolution:

The APGN calls on the government of Mongolia to halt the gold program, reverse the decision to allow nuclear power, and instead invest in the renewable energy sector to create sustainable green jobs.

 

15. HighTech Industries

Taiwan – Chang Chia-Wei

In light of the inadequate infrastructure and ill-functioned local laws to regulate high-tech industry, especially electronic industry in this region, we, Asia and Pacific Greens call on the attention to the following issues:

  1. Governments and corporations should fully disclose information on chemicals used in the manufacturing process to the public; 
  2. All corporations shall be held accountable to the international standards such as ILO International Core Labor standards and EICC; and companies should follow the laws on safety environment and compensations of their country of origin and local countries (which ever is more comprehensive). 
  3. International institutions designing international standards and frameworks for ethical and responsible high-tech industry should take into account the concerns of and work in consultation with environmental NGOs in the Asia Pacific region. 

 

16. “Green Growth”

Korean Greens - Inwhan Jung

APGN advocates that inappropriate “Green Growth” projects should be opposed, such as national scale dredging, flood gating and expansion of nuclear generation. 

 

17. Death Penalty

Taiwan + India - Han-Shen Pan

Recalling the Article 6.10 of the Global Green Charter demanding that the death penalty should be abolished worldwide…

The APGN urges States in the region, notably the 2010 APGN host country Taiwan, to abolish the death penalty.