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    • People’s SAARC Punjab Strategy meeting held

      People’s SAARC Pakistan, organised strategy meeting in Lahore, Punjab on 14 October at Progressive Labour Federation office. Over 40 activists from peasants’ organisations, women’s organisations, trade unions, social and political activists attended the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Nazli...

    • People’s SAARC Regional Convergence 2014 organised in Nepal

      South Asian people's movements (women, youth, peasants, labour, socially marginalised groups) and civil society organisations organised a regional convergence from 22 to 24 November 2014 in the form of People's SAARC, parallel to the 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal. The overarching theme of...

    • People's SAARC Regional Planning Meeting held

      People's SAARC Regional Planning Meeting heldThe regional planning meeting of People’s SAARC was organised on 14 September 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal.  The planning meeting mainly focused on People’s SAARC mobilisation at the national and regional level for the regional convergence of People’s SAARC, which will be organised in Kathmandu, Nepal....

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    • Nepal: People's SAARC challenges regional elite's agenda

      By Farooq Tariq The 18th South Asian Associations for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit took place at Kathmandu, Nepal on November 25 and 26. The heads of the eight states of South Asia took part in the summit. Kathmandu was a showcase of what has happened repeatedly in the three decades since the...

    • People's SAARC wraps up with 24-point declaration

      HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE KATHMANDU: The three-day long People’s SAARC Convergence-2014 concluded today with a 24-point declaration. People’s SAARC also handed over the declaration to the government of Nepal as Nepal is hosting the 18th SAARC Summit. Coordinator of People’s SAARC Regional Convergence...

    • People’s SAARC kicks off in capital, around 80 issues to be discussed

      Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bam Dev Gautam has said the government was committed to  promulgating an inclusive, proportional and democratic constitution within coming January 22. Opening the People’s SAARC Regional Convergence amidst a programme here Saturday, Minister...

The Government of Nepal is organising the 18th SAARC Summit in November 2014 in Kathmandu. In this context, on 24th and 28th of July 2014, NGO Federation of Nepal, a People’s SAARC focal organisation in Nepal, organised a civil society consultation meetings for the preparation of People’s SAARC 2014.

Participants from more than 50 Civil Society Organisations expressed their views for the effective organisation of People’s SAARC 2014 events. Similarly, representatives from some INGOs and funding agencies also participated to express their solidarity and support. Dr. Netra Timsina (Co-ordinator, South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication- SAAPE), Dr. Sarbaraj Khadka (member, People’s SAARC regional steering committee), Ms. Sharmila Karki (President, NGO Federation of Nepal), Mr. Subhodhraj Pyakurel (task force member, Regional Initiative for South Asian Human Rights Mechanism), Mr. Shanta Lall Mulmi (one of the leading anti-tobacco campaigners) briefly shared previous experience of People’s SAARC events to ease the discussion and to form host country organising committee, and thematic committees to expedite the preparation. Building direct mechanism to establish role of civil society in SAARC process was the prime focus of the discussion. The outcomes of the thematic discussion will be compiled and used as a knowledge document. Based on that document, the steering committee will prepare precise demand document, which will be submitted to the official process of 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu.