KASAMA Vol. 15 No. 3 / July-August-September 2001 / Solidarity Philippines Australia Network


Strengthening Local and Global Advocacy Initiatives

More than 300 solidarity activists from the Philippines, Europe, North America, and Australia came together on the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines for three days of presentations, dialogue, workshops and plenary sessions to review their practice in international solidarity work and plan for the future. On the day preceding the conference there were meetings of three sectoral caucuses for: women, indigenous peoples, and networking on peace in Mindanao.

You would be mistaken though to think it was all work and no play. The days were interspersed with music, dance and ritual plus three nights of cultural performances. The foyer of the conference venue, the University of the Philippines Alumni Building, offered the participants a change from the atmosphere of the auditorium to congregate in a Trade Fair for Fairer Trade, where cause-oriented groups had stalls displaying their projects and sold their products.

The conference proceedings as well as a report from the women's caucus will be published by the first quarter of next year. To whet your appetite we have included in this issue of "Kasama" some of the highlights and extracts from a few of the presentations and papers delivered at this inspiring convention.

Plans are in hand to publish the proceedings of the Bayanihan International Solidarity Conference 2001 early next year.

But you don't have to wait three months before you get involved. Contact SPAN (see box on back page of this newsletter) or PGX, the Conference Secretariat (address below), if you want to know more about the issues we discussed - Solidarity; Debt; Ecology; Toxic Waste; Health; Education; Globalization; Governance; Cultural Work; Overseas Filipinos; Development; Funding Agencies; Mindanao; Agrarian Reform; and the Women's, Farmers', Indigenous Peoples', Church Sector, Youth, Urban Poor and Labour agenda - some papers and workshop resolutions are already available.

Peoples Global Exchange (PGX)
No. 70-1 Matahimik Street, Teacher's Village, Diliman, Quezon City, PHILIPPINES
Phone: 0011 63 2 435 4584 / 4533
Fax: 0011 63 2 435 4533

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