The first Asia-Europe People’s Forum was held in Bangkok on February 27-29, 1996, and was called the first Joint Asia-Europe NGO Conference then. The current name Asia-Europe People’s Forum was adopted in 1997. The theme is “Beyond Geo-politics and Geo-Economics: Towards a New Relationship between Asia and Europe”. Over 350 representatives from 100 people’s organizations and NGOs participated in this conference and submitted a final document entitled Recommendations to the ASEM from the Asia Europe NGO Conference on the Future of Asian European Nations to ASEM 1.
The second Asia-Europe People’s Forum, with the theme “ASEM and Crisis: People’s Realities and People’s Responses”, took place in London on March 31-April 1, 1998 . Over 300 representatives from more than 150 civil society groups in the world attended this forum.
The third Asia-Europe People’s Forum was held in Seoul on October 17-21, 2000. The theme is “People’s Action and Solidarity Challenging Globalization”. More than 800 participants from 33 countries attended this forum and approved A People’s Vision-Towards a More Just, Equal and Sustainable World, which later serves as the guideline of AEPF, and submitted it to ASEM 3.
The fourth Asia-Europe People’s Forum took place on September 19-22, 2002 in Copenhagen. The title of the forum is “Asem4people”. Over 600 representatives from more than 30 countries participated in this forum. The forum approved a statement entitled Human Rights, People’s Security, and Sustainable Development Under Attack-No to Militarisation and Unfair Trade and submitted it to ASEM 4.
The fifth Asia-Europe People’s Forum took place in Hanoi on September 6-9, 2004. The theme is “People’s actions for human security in Asia and Europe”. Over 500 representatives from more than 40 countries attended the forum, approved a final statement and submitted it to ASEM 5.
The sixth Asia-Europe People’s Forum took place in Helsinki on September 3-6, 2006. The theme is “People’s Vision-Building Solidarity across Asia and Europe”. Over 450 representatives from more than 40 countries attended the forum, adopted a final declaration and submitted it to ASEM 6.
From its beginnings, the AEPF has provided a space for social actors in each region to:
In 1998, a ‘People’s Vision towards a more just, equal and sustainable world’ was elaborated and widely endorsed by hundreds of people’s organisations and networks. It was later revised and endorsed at the ASEM 2000 Peoples Forum in Seoul. People’s Charter
Our People’s Charter of principles underpins the ways of working and practice of the Asia Europe People’s Forum.
Therefore we, the participants in and supporters of the Asia Europe People’s Forum, declare that:
We demand that the ASEM process recognize and respond to people’s needs and rights and become more transparent and accountable to national parliaments.
We will work for the protection of the environment and will found our actions on democratic international systems and institutions at the service of social justice, equality, peace and the sovereignty of peoples in Europe and Asia.
The Proposed organisational framework and policy for the AEPF network and AEPF biennial Forum are set out in the AEPF network structure.
Current members are