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2018

ICSW SEAP at Thailand Social Expo August 2018
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand, in collaboration with related ministries, initiated Thailand Social Expo 2018. From 3-5 August 2018, Thailand Social Expo 2018, under the theme “Brighter Future, Stronger People” was held for the first time in Thailand. The Social Expo offered social innovation including facility for the elder, OTOP (“One Tambon (sub-district) One Product”) and Bangkok brand products, social services, and seminars from specialists. Regional President, Mr. Chinchai Cheecharoen participated in different panels including the open ceremony, the second meeting for the network of Experts on Inclusive Entrepreneurship for ASEAN. He also acted as a speaker on the panel on Child Support Grant and Social Protection, Productive Welfare the Way Forward in Thai Society, and The Role of Third Sector in Thai Society and ASEAN.

2017

12th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum on Strengthening Social Protection to Address Challenges of Ageing Societies
The ICSW SEAP participated in the 12th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum held on 17 October 2017 in Myanmar. The theme of the forum was “Strengthening Social Protection to Address Challenges of Ageing Societies”. 

In his welcome address Union Minister of Myanmar Dr. Win Myat Aye underscored the importance of social protection schemes and encouraged inclusive discussion on social protection issues in the context of the priority theme of the Forum.

During the workshop, the NGO participants shared constructive models of partnership between governments and NGOs in addressing issues relating to the expansion of social protection policies and programs for the ageing population and how these can be further enhanced. The discussion revealed the growing importance of finding effective solutions to the social protection of older persons in the region, as well as the rich menu of existing approaches.

ICSW SEAP consolidated and presented points discussed during the workshop in the plenary session. It also presented the conclusions of the national seminar in Kuala Lumpur highlighting various approaches adopted by NGOs in partnership with their respective governments to address the opportunities and challenges of ageing.

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2016

11th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum on Strengthening Social Welfare Development in Pursuing ASEAN Community vision 2025
The 11th GO-NGO Forum held on the 24th September 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia, was very effective and productive, discussing the theme “Strengthening Social Welfare Development in Pursuing ASEAN Community vision 2025”. The Forum has become an important platform to discuss the most acute issues of social-economic development, social policy and the welfare mix in the region, providing for a comparison of policy tools as well as of welfare outcomes. The ICSW was represented by Vice-President, Madam Khatijah Suleiman​ (the President of Malaysian Council of Rehabilitation). Her role was crucial in the preparation of the Forum. The regional Newsletter was also resurrected under her leadership. Recommendations focused on the implementation of the recommendations made in previous GO-NGO forums, along with new approaches. Acting as a co-convener ICSW brought together national member councils from the region and representatives of expert organisations.

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2015

10th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum on Empowering Older Persons in ASEAN
The 10th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum for Social Welfare and Development was held in Malaysia in September 2015. It was devoted to ageing, promotion of social protection, rights of older persons and measures to strengthen their resilience. The ICSW representative for the 10th GO-NGO forum was Vice-President, Madam Khatijah Suleiman, President of Malaysian Council of Rehabilitation. Her role was crucial in the preparation of the Forum, as well as in resurrecting the regional Newsletter. The recommendations from the Forum focused on implementation of the recommendations made in previous GO-NGO forums also charting new approaches. Acting as a co-convener ICSW brought together national member councils from the region and representatives of expert organisations.

2014

9th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum on Social Protection Floor
The 9th GO-NGO Forum held on the 24 November, 2014 at Vientiane, Loa PDR was very successful. Participants agreed on SPF initiative and its applicability in the region. The ICSW South East Asia Pacific members from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei presented recommendations on Social Protection Floor to the meeting chaired by the representative of the Ministry Of Security of Loas PDR.

 

2013

8th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum on Vulnerable Communities
The 8th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum was held in Cambodia in September 2013. The ICSW was represented by its Vice-President, Madam Khatijah Suleiman (President of Malaysian Council of Rehabilitation). The GO-NGO centered on vulnerable communities. Recommendations formulated during the Forum covered the implementation of the recommendations made in previous GO-NGO forums and charting new approaches. Acting as a co-convener ICSW brought together national member councils from the region and representatives of expert organisations.

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2012

The 7th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum on Social Services and Social Protection for Vulnerable Groups
The 7th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum for Social Welfare and Development was held in Hanoi in September 2012. It was organised by the ASEAN Secretariat and the Ministry of Social Protection in Hanoi. ICSW facilitated the attendance of civil society leaders from the twelve ASEAN member representatives—from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam as well as Pacific members from Australia and New Zealand.

The declaration adopted by the ASEAN meeting closely aligned with the proposal from the GO-NGO Forum. This was the 7th GO-NGO Forum organised by ICSW and the ASEAN Secretariat. ICSW brought together national member councils of ICSW and representatives of expert organisations.

  • International workshop - Human rights of older persons in the Asia Pacific region Focus on health and wellbeing Thiruvananthapuram, India, 4-6 June, 2012 (44 KB)

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