What is the APSD?

APSD is a regional (Asia) network and platform of international – regional civil society organizations (CSOs) in Asia engaged in the effective implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia and beyond through collaboration and coordination among various initiatives and programs by member and partner organizations.
APSD is a regional partner of the Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD) which is a global CSO umbrella network engaged in advocacy and campaign on SDGs and related issues.

Geographical Areas

South Asia (8) Southeast Asia (11) Northeast Asia (6) Central Asia (5)

Afghanistan


Bangladesh

Bhutan

India

Maldives

Nepal

Pakistan

Sri Lanka

Brunei

Cambodia

Indonesia

Laos

Malaysia

Myanmar

Philippines

Singapore

Thailand

Timor Leste (East Timor)

Vietnam

China (PRC)

Japan

Mongolia

North Korea (DPRK)

South Korea (RoK)

Taiwan (RoC)

Kazakhstan

Kyrgyzstan

Tajikistan

Turkmenistan

Uzbekistan

History

The APSD was established by a group of regional civil society organizations (CSOs) engaged in the SDGs in Asia right after the Asian Civil Society Forum on SDG 16 held in Bangkok in August 2016. The launching of the APSD was the result of a series of consultation meetings in 2015 and 2016 initiated by Asia Development Alliance (ADA), Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) Asia and Asia Democracy Network (ADN) to discuss the need and strategies to strengthen international collaboration among regional CSOs in response to the new challenge and opportunity posed by the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 25 September 2015 at the UN General Assembly.

Since the foundation, APSD has organized regional consultation meetings regularly on CSO engagement with the SDGs, in particular the Voluntary National Review (VNR) and facilitated the campaign on the SDGs such as Global Week of Action in September – Stand Together Now in 2019 and Turn it Around in 2020 – as part of the Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD).

According to the rotation principle of the Terms of Reference (ToR), GCAP Asia took the responsibility of coordinating the APSD activities for 2017-2018, and ADA for 2019-2020. For 2021 and 2022, ADN is responsible for the coordination work. 

Vision and Mission

Vision

APSD is committed to creating and sustaining a glocal community of peoples free from fear and want with diverse cultures and in harmony with nature.

Motto

Asian People’s Partnership for Peace, Planet and Prosperity

Mission

APSD works to promote social and ecological sustainability through effective engagement with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development known as the SDGs through human rights-based approach in line with the Mission Statement of the A4SD adopted in April 2016. 

Goal and Objectives

APSD aims to facilitate and strengthen regional collaboration and solidarity for synergy among international CSOs in Asia throug

History

The APSD was established by a group of regional civil society organizations (CSOs) engaged in the SDGs in Asia right after the Asian Civil Society Forum on SDG 16 held in Bangkok in August 2016, The launching of the APSD was the result of a series of consultation meetings in 2015 and 2016 initiated by Asia Development Alliance (ADA), Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) Asia and Asia Democracy Network (ADN) to discuss the need and strategies to strengthen international collaboration among regional CSOs in response to the new challenge and opportunity posed by the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 25 September 2015 at the UN General Assembly.

Since the foundation, APSD has organized regional consultation meetings regularly on CSO engagement with the SDGs, in particular the Voluntary National Review (VNR) and facilitated the campaign on the SDGs such as Global Week of Action in September – Stand Together Now in 2019 and Turn it Around in 2020 – as part of the Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD).

According to the rotation principle of the Terms of Reference (ToR), GCAP Asia took the responsibility of coordinating the APSD activities for 2017-2018, and ADA for 2019-2020. For 2021 and 2022, ADN is responsible for the coordination work. 

Vision and Mission

Vision

APSD is committed to creating and sustaining a glocal community of peoples free from fear and want with diverse cultures and in harmony with nature.

Mission

APSD works to promote social and ecological sustainability through effective engagement with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development known as the SDGs through human rights-based approach in line with the Mission Statement of the A4SD adopted in April 2016. 

Motto

People-centered Partnership for Peace, Planet and Prosperity in Asia and beyond

Goal and Objectives

APSD aims to facilitate and strengthen regional collaboration and solidarity for synergy among international CSOs in Asia through

Vision and Mission

Vision

APSD is committed to creating and sustaining a glocal community of peoples free from fear and want with diverse cultures and in harmony with nature.

Mission

APSD works to promote social and ecological sustainability through effective engagement with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development known as the SDGs through human rights-based approach in line with the Mission Statement of the A4SD adopted in April 2016. 

Moto

Asian People’s Partnership for Peace, Planet and Prosperity

Goal and Objectives

APSD aims to facilitate and strengthen regional collaboration and solidarity for synergy among international CSOs in Asia through

Governance

The governance of the APSD is composed of General Assembly, Steering Committee and the Secretariat.

General Assembly (GA) is the highest decision-making body and it takes place once every two years. The GA will elect the members of the Steering Committee.

Steering Committee (SC) is responsible for setting the policies and participate in and overseeing the effective implementation of activities. The SC is mandated to decide on the membership including admission and termination. The SC is composed of representatives of several regional organizations elected from the General Assembly.

Secretariat is responsible for implementing the decisions of the SC as well as the General Assembly. One of the SC members shall be responsible for the management of the Secretariat. The rotation principle will be applied among the SC for the management of the Secretariat.

Regional Coordinator (RC) is responsible for the management of the Secretariat and conducting activities and projects as decided by the SC.  The RC shall be appointed by the SC.

Financing for the Secretariat shall be composed of the voluntary contributions from its members and partners as well as grant from donor organizations.

Steering Committee Membership (2021-2022)

Members

APSD members are regional or sub-regional CSOs and their networks engaged on SDGs at least in one sub-region in Asia. International CSOs which are operating with a secretariat /office or a person at least in one sub-region can be a member of the APSD.

The civil society organizations or institutions that are willing to collaborate with the APSD with specific project or service program can be partner organizations.

List of Member Organizations – as of Jan. 2021
  1. Asia & Pacific Alliance of YMCAs https://www.asiapacificymca.org/
  2. Asia and South Pacific Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) http://www.aspbae.org/
  3. Asia Center http://www.asiacentre.org/
  4. Asia Dalit Rights Forum (ADRF) http://www.asiadalitrightsforum.org/
  5. Asia Democracy Network (ADN) http://www.ADNasia.org
  6. Asia Development Alliance (ADA) http://www.ADA2030.org
  7. Asia Solidarity Economy Council (ASEC) http://www.asec-sse.com/
  8. Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (AsiaDHRRA) http://www.asiadhrra.org/
  9. Civil Society Development Association (ARGO) http://argonet.org/en/
  10. Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) – Asia http://www.gcap.global/region/asia/
  11. Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) Asia-Pacific https://gfanasiapacific.org/
  12. International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS) Asia Pacific https://imcsap.org/
  13. Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) http://www.MFAsia.org/
  14. South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) https://saape.org/
  15. Task-Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers (TF-AMW) workersconnection.org /
  16. Transparency International https://www.transparency.org/en/

Partners

Partner Organizations in Asia

  • Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM) http://www.AsiaPacificRCEM.org/
  • Korea Association of Human Rights Studies (KAHRS) – Empower Leadership on SDGs and Human Rights (ELSAH)
  • Kyunghee University Global Academy for Future Civilization (GAFC) in South Korea – Kyunghee Civil Society Capacity-Building on SDGs and Human Rights (KCCS)

Global Partner Organizations or Networks

Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD)

A4SD is a global partner of the APSD.  A4SD was created in 2016 by four core global networks – CAN, CIVICUS, Forus and GCAP.  The A4SD’s programs are run by a Global Coordinator and 5 part-time Regional Coordinators under the collective leadership of the Facilitation Group.

Core Global Network

Global Partner Organizations or Networks