AP Conference on Development Justice

August 26, 2014

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Dates: August 31- September 3
Venue: Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village, Hong Kong SAR

Background

In 2015, as the Millennium Development Goals are set to expire, the international community will chart another historic moment in creating a new development agenda that will impact the lives of the current and future generations as well as the ability of the planet to sustain life itself. Although mainstream reports show that progress in the MDGs has been achieved in areas such as poverty and school enrolment, ‘development’ is still way out of reach of billions of people.

The wealthiest 20% of the world’s population consume 80% of global resources and are responsible for the vast majority of global warming and environmental destruction. Meanwhile the poorest 20% of the population lack sufficient access to essentials such as food, clean water and energy, and account for just 1.3% of global resource consumption. The ecological footprint of high- income countries is three times that of middle-income countries, and five times that of low income countries.

The call for a truly transformative development agenda is encapsulated in the demand for Development Justice. By Development Justice we mean a just and transformative framework for development that promotes people’s wellbeing, solidarity and equality (within and between countries, between men and women) while keeping within the earth’s carrying capacity. Development Justice entails five foundational shifts:

  1. Economic Justice: transform and reorient economic systems to ensure the fulfillment of human rights for all and promote peoples well being rather than maximizing profits.
  2. Social Justice: recognize, challenge and eliminate all forms of discrimination, marginalization and exclusion which exist between nations, within communities and between men and women.
  3. Environmental Justice: transform political, economic and social systems to achieve ecological sustainability while ensuring an equitable and just distribution of environmental risks, burdens and benefits.
  4. Redistributive Justice: redress the gross over concentration of wealth, power and opportunities by promoting redistributive measures between countries, within countries and between men and women.
  5. Accountability to peoples: Empower people to be part of free, prior and informed decision making at all stages of development processes from the local to national to international levels and ensure that people are active participants in accountability mechanisms.

Objectives of the Conference:

  1. To promote knowledge exchange among CSOs on the different aspects of Development Justice as a framework for a transformative development agenda.
  2. To promote critical analyses on the global process shaping the post-2015 development agenda.
  3. To promote collective strategizing among CSOs towards linking local demands for development justice to the global conversation shaping the post 2015 development agenda.
  4. To develop research initiatives to pursue future directions in sustainable development advocacy and implementation initiatives.