Record-Breaking Civil Society Participation at ADB's 45th Annual Meeting

26 April 2012 -- A total of 319 participants representing 89 civil society organizations (CSOs) have pre-registered to attend the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) 45th Annual Board of Governors’ Meeting in Manila, Philippines. Participants will come from 28 countries that are members of ADB, mostly in Asia and the Pacific.

CSOs from the host country, Philippines, are gearing up for the event as they comprise more than 60% percent or 196 of the total number of participants. Labor unions and federations continue to participate actively as 35% of the total registrants are Global Unions Federation (GUF) members, notably the Public Services International, Building and Wood Workers’ International, and the UNI Global Union. Fifteen percent of pre-registrations represent international nongovernment organizations.

The NGO Forum on ADB, a Manila-based network of diverse NGOs and community-based organizations with campaigns and advocacy relating to ADB operations, has membership or affiliations with among the 13% of the total registrants. A significant number of local and global youth groups are also expected to take part in this year’s meeting.

ADB’s Annual Meeting has a dedicated Civil Society Program that includes a civil society debate, four knowledge sharing sessions (“Learning with Partners”), four CSO-prepared panels on topics relevant to ADB current operations, and the traditional start to the program, a one-hour open forum with ADB senior management. The “SOLUTIONS Market”—the most ambitious new initiative this year—will showcase international and Philippines preferred solutions used by CSOs.

ADB’s NGO and Civil Society Center organizes the Civil Society Program to provide opportunities for CSOs to engage with ADB board, management, staff and other stakeholders on key development issues in the region. The 45th Annual Board of Governors’ Meeting will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila from 2 – 5 May 2012.