Bataan to host CALD’s 4-day climate change youth summit

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  • Mhike R. C.
  • 7 years ago

ORANI, Bataan The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) is organizing a four-day climate change youth summit with the theme: “Translating Ideas into Action – Youth Leadership for Climate Change” to be held in this town and in Balanga City on February 4 to 8, 2015.

Former Bataan Congressman and former Bases Conversion Development Authority Chairman Felicito Payumo said the event is co-organized with RockEd Philippines. It is also supported by the Friedrich Nauman Foundation for Freedom (FNF).

According to Payumo, forty eight delegates from 11 countries are expected to participate in the summit. “First we will welcome them here at Sinagtala Resort on February 5 and on February 6 they will be in Balanga City,” Payumo added.

CALD is a regional organization of liberal and democratic political parties in Asia. The Council was created on October 15, 1993, in a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan.  At present, there are nine member parties, an associate member, and one party with observer status. Currently, many democrats in Asia have a relationship with CALD.

Among the member political parties in different countries are Cambodia National Rescue Party, Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle, Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia, Civil Will-Green Party (Mongolia), Liberal Party (Philippines), Singapore Democratic Party, Liberal Party of Sri Lanka, Democratic Progressive Party (Taiwan), Democrat Party (Tahiland). Liberal Forum Pakistan and Burma’s National League for Democracy are associate members.

Meanwhile, the FNF is the foundation for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany that aims to promote the goal of making the principle of freedom valid for the dignity of all people and in all areas of society,

“In an effort to move the CALD Climate Change Program progressively, the summit aims to develop an action plan which would translate current ideas and working strategies into measurable results through youth leadership,” Oyun Sanjaasuren, Chairman of CALD said in a formal invitation letter sent to Payumo.

Sanjaasuren said they are alarmed by volatile weather extremes that are “hitting the region now more often than any other in the world in horrifying proportions, which are threatening human activities, tackling this challenge requires urgent action, with the engagement of local governments and communities.”

Payumo with his long experience and contributions in local government initiatives for the protection and preservation of the environment was chosen by CALD to be one of its keynote speakers in the summit.

Dennis Cuarto, director of Mga Bayani ng Kalikasan, a pro-environment group, said they have coordinated with the provincial government of Bataan for the CALD’s activities in the summit.

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