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26.12.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Enforcing labour standards in Pakistan

Singapore – In 2014, Pakistan became a beneficiary of the EU’s GSP+ programme—a scheme which provides the country with zero import tariffs on most of…


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21.12.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Communication in the Digital Age

Bangkok (Thailand) – Managerial staff of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia from offices in the region was part of a three-day workshop on strategic…


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20.12.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Digital populism

Munkhtsetseg Tserenjamts

Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) – A closer look at how digital space is being exploited and the signs of cyber-populism that emerged in the 2017 presidential…


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13.12.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Big data in China and Germany – A challenge for governance and society

Photo by FES

Shanghai (China) – A Chinese-German symposium about the field of tensions between economic innovation and personal rights in the era of big data,…


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12.12.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Creating Decent Work in the Era of Global Value Chains

Singapore – Today, some 60 to 80 per cent of the 20 trillion US dollars recorded gross exports are linked to the production of multinational firms in…


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05.12.2017 | Gender Justice | News

Tackling gender-based violence

Bangkok (Thailand) – How the elimination of violence against women can be achieved in Thailand


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24.11.2017 | Gender Justice | News

ASEAN signs breakthrough agreement on migrant workers’ rights

After a decade of negotiations, South-East Asian countries signed an agreement to better safeguard the rights of the estimated 10 million migrant…


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22.11.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Security in China’s Silk Road: Roadblocks or express-way?

Manila – As China takes on a bigger role in the international community of nations with the Belt and Road Initiative, a workshop in Manila considers…


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22.11.2017 | Climate change | News

No more justification for banking on coal

Bonn (Germany) – Interview with Nithi Nesaduria, member of the South-East Asia delegation attending the latest round of climate change talks by the…


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20.11.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

“Urban space cannot be fragmented into commodities”

Photo by Muhammad Pascal Fajrin, CC BY-SA 4.0 from Wikimedia Commons

Jakarta (Indonesia) – Using, appropriating and managing the city is at the very heart of our collective existence, says Marco Kusumawijaya, architect,…


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16.11.2017 | Climate change | News

Local projects key to renewable energy push in the Philippines

Manila (Philippines) – The prospect of democratizing energy for Filipino families burns brighter as leaders from local government units gear up for…


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15.11.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Bangladesh’s university reforms should prioritize quality and encompass the private sector

Dhaka (Bangladesh) – Public and private sectors should be included in the design and implementation of any reforms to address the issues around…


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Monday, 13.11.2017 - Tuesday, 14.11.2017 - Manila, Philippines | Cooperation for Peace and Security | Event, News

The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and its security implications

Manila (Philippines) – The first of three regional workshops on the 21st century maritime silk road takes place in Manila to address the security…


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Tuesday, 07.11.2017 - Wednesday, 08.11.2017 | Gender Justice | News, Event

Strengthening women’s rights advocacy in ASEAN

Manila (Philippines) – Civil society and women’s groups meet to address how women can take centre-stage in the economic and political agenda of the…


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Tuesday, 31.10.2017 - Saturday, 04.11.2017 - Bangkok - Thailand | Networks for social democracy | News

Politicizing the digital space

Bangkok (Thailand) – Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia is bringing together its managerial staff for a workshop on strategic communication in the…


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26.10.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

ASEAN tripartite partners meet to promote stronger social partnership

Manila (Philippines) – In the face of a rapidly-changing labour market, the Regional Tripartite Social Dialogue Conference (RTSDC) was held last week…


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20.10.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News, Event

ASEAN turns 50

A panel by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Singapore Embassy discussing the future of the Association of Southeast Asean Nations (ASEAN) on occasion…


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20.10.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Challenges on all fronts: The many dimensions of Myanmar’s multiple transitions

Yangoon (Myanmar) – Will democracy in Myanmar have to live with military prerogatives, tutelary power and civilian-military power-sharing in the times…


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12.10.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Going the distance: Making trade benefit workers

Geneva (Switzerland) – Global trade has triggered challenges for workers’ rights and how to address them was the focus of a session by…


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12.10.2017 | Climate change | News

"A socially just energy transition involves everybody"

Hanoi (Vietnam) – Renewable energy is likely to become increasingly important to the economies of Asia as they address energy security and…


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10.10.2017 | Gender Justice | News

Female trade unionists, ready to take over leadership positions

Singapore – Young women rarely hold leadership positions in trade unions, a reality akin to workers organizing across Asia and bound to change with a…


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03.10.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Youth and revolutions: The cases of Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines

Photo by Bro. Jeffrey Pioquinto, SJ (Flickr), CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Youth is once again called to the fore with the rise of authoritarianism in the region, their voices captured by contributors in this year’s second…


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30.09.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: New possibilities for strategic cooperation?

Amidst new financial and security dependencies arising along China's Silk Road Economic Belt, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and partners are working…


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26.09.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Protecting workers' rights in trade

Singapore – A model labour chapter to EU trade agreements and preferences commissioned by FES can pave way to stronger implementation of labour…


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21.09.2017 | Gender Justice | News

Real changes for women, far from realised

Kathmandu (Nepal) – As Nepal outlaws a discriminatory practice of exiling women during their periods, only concerted effort can turn the country’s…


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20.09.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | Event, News

Making trade benefit workers

Geneva (Switzerland) – Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is hosting a working session at the World Trade Organization Public Forum in Geneva on 27 September…


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19.09.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Trade unions welcome ASEAN guidelines on CSR, call for strong enforcement mechanism

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) – Trade unions gathered on 4-5 September 2017 to promote the ASEAN Guidelines for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on…


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29.08.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Pluralism not dogmatism

Jakarta (Indonesia) – A new book reasserts Indonesia’s tradition of tolerance


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23.08.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Commentary: Digital Transformation, the Future of Work & Society in Asia

New Delhi (India) – We must place inclusiveness at the centre stage of any discussion about the future of work and employment


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22.08.2017 | Gender Justice | News

Labour mobility in ASEAN: how can women migrant workers benefit?

Jakarta (Indonesia) – A new study is out that formed the basis for discussion of the High-Level Policy Dialogue of ASEAN on the conditions of women…


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20.07.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

The future of the Cambodian garment and footwear Industry

Phnom Penh (Cambodia) – Reforming international trade agreements and preferential schemes are an important tool to overcome serious challenges the…


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14.07.2017 | Climate change, Economy of tomorrow | News

Building a low-carbon city: Experiences from China and Germany

Shanghai (China) – FES and partners in China continue the quest for new strategies to address the challenge of rapidly increasing urbanization and…


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07.07.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

“Dialogue is a powerful tool if it leads to cooperation”

Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) – Interview with Damba Ganbat, organizer of the Ulaanbaatar Dialogue, on the challenges to peace and security in Northeast…


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05.07.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Progressive Asia starts with the future

Manila (Philippines) – In this photo story, see how knowledge, skills and values are passed on to future political leaders for a progressive future in…


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04.07.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Citizen empowerment after Nepal’s first local elections in 20 years

Beni and Syangja (Nepal) – In two consecutive seminars organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Nepal, citizens discuss state-building at the local…


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30.06.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Trade doesn’t work for all

Brussels (Belgium) – “Trade agreements are instruments to improve the situation the participating nations find themselves in.”


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27.06.2017 | News, Event

Video: "Missing Links – Making Trade Work for Workers"

Watch the debate at the European Parliament! Panellists, including Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, explore how to strengthen the social…


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23.06.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Making trade work for workers

Growing discontent with globalisation could turn into backlashes unless the EU brings its trade negotiations in line with its own human rights agenda…


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19.06.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Workers should get their fair share of the pie

Singapore (Singapore)—A new publication draws attention to the poor working conditions in global supply chains, and the link between trade and labour


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19.06.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

WE are who we are: Reflections of a young queer feminist

June is LGBT Pride Month when pride marches around the world commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969, in New York…


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17.06.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Fair recruitment for migrant workers a shared responsibility

Kathmandu (Nepal) – The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) organized a meeting on improving recruitment…


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16.06.2017 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

New Asia-wide platform for feminist dialogue

Singapore (Singapore)—Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung starts FutureLab to unite feminists across Asia through a regional platform


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15.06.2017 | Climate change | News

"If it can be done there, it can be done here as well!"

Hanoi (Vietnam) – Interview on the challenges and opportunities of an energy transition for Vietnam


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29.05.2017 | Climate change | News

Shaping up for climate action in Asia

To mitigate climate change, Asia needs to undergo a transition towards a low-carbon economy suggests the climate team of FES in Asia, since May with a…


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25.05.2017 | Gender Justice | News

Gender justice in Thailand: working towards the inclusion of all

Bangkok (Thailand) – Women's rights face ongoing challenges in Thailand, including persistent stereotyping and a range of oppressions, according to a…


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10.05.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Indonesian and German unions exchange tips for a "fair social contract" in the digital age

Jakarta (Indonesia) – The digital economy has consequences for both organized and informal labour, requiring steps by employers, the government and…


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03.05.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Concerns over emigration and democracy dominate youth debate in Nepal

Kathmandu (Nepal) – The drain on Nepal’s workforce from emigration and the state of the country’s democracy were among topics raised by at a youth…


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30.04.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Preparing the workforce for the future

Photo by Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA (glue works Uploaded by Zolo), CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

On the occasion of the International Workers’ Day, Christopher Ng of UNI Asia & Pacific with a call for an economy where the human and social…


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28.04.2017 | Gender Justice | News

Interview: The gender pay gap in Pakistan

Islamabad (Pakistan) ― We need to connect and create synergies between the women’s movement and struggles with existing labour movements in the…


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28.04.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Making just transition a reality

Bangkok (Thailand) ― Historically, tram workers were the first to form a union in Thailand, where today workers share a global challenge, achieving…


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20.04.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Academy of Work launched to boost trade union training

Dhaka (Bangladesh) ― FES and partners contribute to constructive social partnerships and harmonious industrial relations in the lead up to the Rana…


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03.04.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Bucking the middle-income trap threat

Dhaka (Bangladesh) – At a launch of a new study by FES and partners, experts discuss the Bangladesh transformative journey to avoid a middle-income…


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23.03.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Crafting CLS+ strategy

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is organising a workshop in Phnom Penh to discuss the next steps of Core Labour Standards Plus (CLS+), a regional project in…


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20.03.2017 | Gender Justice | News

Unseen Shadows: Migration and the barren lives of Changar

Himachal Pradesh (India)—A short documentary by FES raises awareness about the hardships of women and the families of migrant workers in India.


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20.03.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Rethinking Asia

Tutzing (Germany) ― An expert forum and newly launched publication broach the debate on the security and cooperation implications of China’s Belt and…


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14.03.2017 | Gender Justice | News

Shaping up for action!

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and its newly formed core group of participants in the regional project “Political Feminism in Asia” will meet for the first…


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08.03.2017 | Gender Justice | News

“Women are no cars!”

New Delhi (India) – With investments for strong workers organising, gender equality laws and policies to address issues of violence or care work are…


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08.03.2017 | Gender Justice | News

Fair Homes, Fair Society

Singapore – An op-ed on domestic workers’ rights in Asia reminds us, the political goal of the international women’s movement for equality goes hand…


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08.03.2017 | Gender Justice | News

Women face double burden

Dhaka (Bangladesh) – The majority of women in Bangladesh still bear the double burden of paid work and unpaid care work.


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02.03.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Sweatshop smartphones

An op-ed on working conditions in the electronics industry testifies to the urgency for binding and enforceable labour provisions, focus of CLS+, a…


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20.02.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Global supply chains need global rules!

Singapore ― In a guest contribution for FES on World Day of Social Justice, ITUC General Secretary calls for decent work in supply chains in Asia.


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20.01.2017 | Gender Justice | News

Another Brick in the Wall

Phnom Penh (Cambodia) – A multi-media project in Cambodia advocates for better working conditions of female construction workers.


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18.01.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Labour standards are not up for trade

Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) – Experts discuss how to link trade, decent work and shared prosperity in global supply chains, finding that voluntary…


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05.01.2017 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

How big is "Half of the Sky"?

Shanghai (China) - First comprehensive study on Feminism in China is now available to a global audience in English, with a Chinese edition to follow…


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