AMARC Asia Pacific Regional Conference is now closed.
After the interventions during Day 3 dedicated to fundamental issues like “Gender equality and empowerment through Community radio” and radio to give voices to diversity, AMARC AP and partner organizations met in the afternoon to discuss about the future and in particular the preparation for AMARC 10, the next AMARC World Conference that will take place in La Plata in Argentina, next November 2010.
It was an interesting meeting with a important round of table composed by FAO, UNICEF India and Bangladesh, UNDP, UNCRD, and Open Society to discuss how to proceed, how to bring relevant proposals to the World Conference, how to work for a smoother implementation of Community Radio in Asia Pacific in the next future.
Now it is time for AMARC AP, after the initial quadrennium dedicated to consolidate the movement in the region, to set up activities in support of the main topics of international development such as food security, climate change, national legislation, gender issues, human rights, knowledge management and capacity building.
Last day was dedicated to the election of the new Board that will be in charge for the next four years:
- Ashish Sen from India was confirmed President of AMARC Asia Pacific,
- Bianca Miglioretto from Philippines will be again Coordinator for WIN – Women’s International Network, and
- Shane Elson, from Australia as Treasurer,
- Maica Lagman, Philippines as deputy president,
- Raghu Mainali, Nepal as vice-president for South Asia, and
- Imam Prakoso, Indonesia as vice-president for South East Asia.
The board has now to front the occasion to follow the growth of the CRs movement in the region, provide support to those countries that still do not have a national legislation or have some problems (like Bangladesh, Thailand, India) and support the spreading of better and more relevant information in the region.
As final act of the Conference, the Assembly adopted the Bangalore Declaration.