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Borderless Ideology and the Road to the Emerging Democracy: The Asia Pacific Greens Federation Study Tour

This Study Tour was under the gracious guidance by the Australian Greens from May 15 to June 26, 2016. Naturally, I have been looking forward to this trip for both the personal and institutional development at the end of my study tour. My itineraries were distributed into three (3) parts: (1) May 15-24, 2016 is devoted for Study Tour which comprise most of my narratives here; (2) May 25-26, 2016 for the Face-to-Face meeting of the Council which I belong too (Asia Pacific Greens Federation); and (3) May 28 to June 25, 2016 is the extensive part which involves technically working in Sen. Lee Rhiannon’s office (on the 1st week), in the New South Wales Australian Green’s office (for two weeks) and to the Parliamentary office of David Shoebridge, MP, NSW Greens (last week). My itineraries were designed with the intention of comprehensively understanding the process undertaken during the formulation and the implementation of the Greens agenda in the different governance level among the Greens branch and to the community in general.

Winning the Votes with Local Issues

"I did not come as a politician or a politian candidate, I came because I had to help people in my area who suffered injustice in environmental issues, I’m not fighting for myself, I have been an environmental activist for 25 years, and there is no reason for me not to care and pretend to do not know what is experienced by people of my region." (Jenny Leong-Parliamentarians Sydney who received 45% votes).

Strengthening Community Participation in Reducing Deforestation in 8 Provinces of Indonesia Green union’s (SHI) work areas

Sarekat Hijau Indonesia (SHI) works in 8 provinces of Indonesia: (1) South Sumatera (2) Riau (3) Jambi (4) North Sumatera (5) Aceh (6) Lampung (7) West Java (8) Central Borneo; to address the problems of deforestation by: Strengthening local institutions to support green village development through green political school and activities; Improving the community’s capital through sustainability integrated farming and biodiversity; and empowering program effectiveness.

Healing a Nation After a Season of Vitriol

In a genuine crisis, in moments of existential threat, “people rise to their best, and it inspires nobility,” says Krista Tippett, host of “On Being”. “But the hallmark of this moment is uncertainty, and uncertainty, on a creaturely level, makes human beings a little bit crazy. Anger is often what pain looks like when it shows itself in public.” Ms. Tippett, lists questions that would transform political debates: “What is it in your own position that gives you trouble? What is it in the position of the other that you are attracted to? Where do you have doubts?”

DGPR sets Conditions for Participating in 2017 Presidential Elections

The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda submitted to the Rwandan government a list of demands for political and electoral reforms in the upcoming Presidential elections.

Strengthening Political Participation of Women in Indonesia: Challenges and Opportunities

Indonesia Green Union conducts green political schools to educate women at the village, district, town and province levels so that they will be ready to participate in Indonesia's legislative elections in 2019.

Taking Climate Action to the Next Level: Reflections by UN Climate Chief

As the ink dries on the Paris Agreement concluded in December, the significance of the event is now being weighed up. At one and the same time, it is an ‘historic moment of hope for humanity’; it goes ‘nowhere near far enough’; and it is even a ‘fraud’. Which is correct? For Christiana Figuerres, Executive Director of UNFCC, the Agreement, “establishes a new model of 21st century diplomacy”. The global problems of the 21st century are different; they are not zero-sum; they invite the tragedy of the commons through national free-loading. If the ‘deficits’ of the Paris Agreement are also its ‘greatest strengths’ in the new form of global governance, then we are in for an exciting ride. Inviting 196 parties to save the planet rather than requiring them to do it is a nice way of playing roulette. And experience suggests that naming-and-shaming will not do it. If change does not come from governments, in the name of Paris, and within the next five years, not fifteen, then it will require the peoples of the world to revolutionise their governments – in the name of Paris.

Participating in Greens PH's 2nd National Convention - Day 1

Indonesia and Philippines have a similar environmental problem because of slow respond from the government on environmental problems. We still remember how Parlas removed a country’s requirement for companies responsble for creating forest fires in South Sumatra, Indonesia. In the Philippines, Partido Kalikasan has experienced difficulty in persuading the Philippine government to produce policy to significally protect the natural and social resources of the country, including women, local community, and minor community livelihoods.


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