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Gwangju Democracy Agenda (GDA) 2030

  • 2021 Edition

Updated on 13 July 2021 based on the session proceedings

 

What is the GDA 2030

  • The Gwangju Democracy Agenda (GDA) 2030 is a compilation of the recommendations and proposals from participants of the Gwangju Democracy Forum (GDF) 2021.
  • The GDA 2030 is a tool to achieve the May 18 Democracy Vision 2030 “an open and inclusive glocal community of democratic societies and countries where all human and people’s rights are fully respected, protected and fulfilled.”
  • The GDA 2030 is a long-term action plan and roadmap for guidance for all participating organizations and individuals in the GDF 2021 in their own countries and internationally.
  • GDA 2030 is composed of concrete action plans on specific issues under the 7 thematic clusters which have been covered at the GDF 2021, mainly parallel sessions.
  • The GDA 2030 is to be renewed annually at the annual GDF in accordance with the discussion and reflection on its implementation through the year.
  • The GDA 2030 – 2021 Edition will be used as basis for agenda-setting for the next Gwangju Democracy Forum to be held from 16 to 20 May 2022.

 

7 Thematic Clusters

  Thematic Clusters
Myanmar A.      Democratization in Myanmar and International Solidarity
 

Asia

B.      Democratization Movement and Civic Space in Asia
C.      State Violence, Impunity and Transitional Justice
D.      COVID-19 Pandemic and Democracy
Global E.       Global Democracy and Democratic Governance
South Korea F.       Role of South Korea for International Democracy Promotion
G.      Role of the May 18 Memorial Foundation

 

  1. International Solidarity Action for Democratization in Myanmar

 

  • Join and support the existing campaigns on the democratization in Myanmar with the following common objectives,
  1. Stop immediately all violence against citizens and release all political prisoners,
  2. Protect and respect people’s freedom of expression, association and assembly,
  • Provide protection for democracy advocates of Myanmar nationality including refugee status,
  1. Recognize the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) and the National Unity Government (NUG) of Myanmar as the legitimate government,
  • Join, support and initiate the activities and programs to advocate for corporate accountability of the TNCs involved in the business with the military junta in Myanmar according to the international norms such as the UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights, and the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises,
  • Join and support the various campaigns at the international organizations and meetings including
  1. ASEAN
  2. UN Security Council
  • UN Human Rights Council (HRC)
  1. G7+ Summit (11-13 June)
  2. G20 Summit (30-31 Oct)

 

Please refer to the Gwangju Resolution on the Democratization in Myanmar adopted on 21 May 2021

 

  1. State Violence, Impunity and Transitional Justice in Asia
  • Sign and support the campaign for the Universal Day for Prevention of Militarism and Authoritarianism (UDPMA) http://eng.518.org/ initiated by the May 18 Memorial Foundation,
  • Support various initiatives for the remembrance of victims of the state violence such as museum and memorial foundation as a means of peace and human rights education and global citizenship education through the official development assistance (ODA),
  • Work more closely with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence by organizing regular meetings with the victims and advocacy organizations throughout the year, in particular, during the Gwangju Democracy Forum (GDF) in the week of May 18, (May 18 Foundation, AJAR+)
  • Strengthen the existing national public institutions and their international networks such as national human rights institution (NHRI) to provide more effective remedy for victims of the past human rights violations,
  • Initiate inter-disciplinary approach to trauma by the State violence by addressing multi-dimensions of trauma healing – medical, psychological and socio-economic, (AJAR +)
  • Develop global impunity index and publish global impunity report as a tool for advocacy to address impunity and the State’s crime against humanity

 

  1. Democratization Movement and Civic Space in Asia
  • Join, support or initiate a more organized international activities and programs ‘Military Watch’ in Asia as a response to the military control and fluence in democratic process including democratic control of military institution,
  • Join, support or develop comprehensive joint action plans and programs for all CSOs with a focus on freedom of expression, more particularly academic, press, and internet freedoms (Asia Center),
  • Join, support or initiate the activities and program on corruption as threat to democracy and human rights violation,
  • Join, support or initiate the activities and program on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the SDG 16 plus-based approach as a means of defense and promotion of democracy and human rights,
  • Join, support or initiate the activities and program on gender and democracy as a means of promoting women’s political participation and gender equality,
  • Join, support or initiate the activities and program on refugees with APRRN by mainstreaming the UN Global Compact on Refugees in 2018 into democracy agenda among CSOs in Asia and develop join action plans accordingly (APPRN)
  • Join, support or initiate the activities and program on migration with MFA by mainstreaming the UN Global Compact for Migrants in 2018 into democracy agenda among CSOs in Asia and develop join action plans accordingly (MFA)
  • Join, support and initiate activities and programs on integrating democracy into peace agenda such as UN Security Council 2250 (Youth, Peace and Security) as a way to promote youth leadership for democracy and peacebuilding (PyeongChang YPA 2021)

 

  • Mobilize resources and take collective actions among CSOs to make the upcoming elections freer and fairer (ANFREL)
  • Joint development of the educational modules, curriculums and programs and their implementation, and mutual learning and support through networking among higher educational institutions and programs for democracy and human rights advocates. (May 18, MAINS, ADN, etc.)
  • Develop the democracy education program as part of the global citizenship education as emphasized in the SDG Target 4.7,
  • Join, support and develop democracy diplomacy program as a means of public diplomacy in order to learn about how to engage with diplomats and international organizations for international democracy promotion,
  • Mobilize more resources to support the CSOs engaged in democracy promotion which are under threat due to the legal restriction and political control,
  • Publish international (Asia) democracy and human rights calendar about upcoming events, activities and anniversaries and update it regularly online for effective planning,
  • Join and support the initiative of creating South Asian Human Rights Mechanism

 

  1. COVID-19 Pandemic and Democracy in Asia
  • Join, support or initiate the activities and programs on the equal right to access the vaccination and waiving COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property rights as an issue of democratic control of global public goods,
  • Join, support or initiate the activities and programs on shrinking civic space under the COVID-19 in cooperation with the international institutions and CSOs engaged in monitoring of democracy, human rights and civic space under the COVID-19 such as the International IDEA and CIVICUS,
  • Urge all the countries, in particular those who have capacity to produce vaccine against the COVID-19, to cooperate to waive intellectual property rights to allow equal and timely access to the vaccine by all peoples through the COVAX Facility, in particular to countries in need of urgent assistance,

 

  1. Global Democracy and Democratic Governance
  • Join the international civil society statement on inclusive global governance at. https://www.wethepeoples.org/ (Democracy without Borders)
  • Lobby the government of the Republic of Korea to support the creation of a) the instrument of a UN World Citizens’ Initiative; b) a UN Parliamentary Assembly and c) the office of a UN Civil Society Envoy (Democracy without Borders)
  • Make full use of the international reports on democracy and civic space produced by the International IDEA and CIVICUS as a tool for democracy advocacy,

 

  1. Role of South Korea for International Democracy Promotion
  • Play a more proactive role in supporting democratization movement in Asia by providing funding and democracy promotion program including more ODA for CSOs and democracy-related institutions and programs,
  • Establish an international democracy fund to support directly democracy movement and independent CSOs in Asia and beyond,
  • Initiate SDG 16+ approach to the SDGs internationally as a way to promote integrated approach on democracy and sustainable development,
  • Play a leadership role in democracy promotion in Asia with like-minded governments in cooperation with international organizations on democracy such as Community of Democracies (CoD), International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF),

 

  1. Role of the May 18 Memorial Foundation
  • Continue to organize the Gwangju Democracy Forum (GDF) annually as a platform for sharing and reflection on state of democracy and challenges and opportunities to democratization in Asia and beyond,
  • Monitor and provide support for the implementation of the Gwangju Democracy Agenda (GDA) by participating organizations in a participatory manner
  • Play the role of the Secretariat to support the work of the Network of the Laureates of Gwangju Prize for Human Rights and Special Prizes (NLG) which was formally launched on 18 May during the Gwangju Democracy Summit (GDS) 2021,
  • Provide support for networking among youth researchers and advocates who have studied in the Korea on democracy and civil society and who have joined the activities of the May 18 Foundation during the week of May 18 including the Master of Arts in NGOs Studies (MAINS) of SungKongHoe University and Global NGO Master Program (GNMP) of Chonnam University,
  • Continue to provide support for CSOs and democracy advocates for democracy promotion in particular, actions on impunity in Asia and beyond in a more systemic and sustainable manner as a means of strengthening and consolidating democracy,
  • Make more efforts to let more people beyond Asia know about the stories and spirit of the May 18 Memorial Foundation through multi-lingual materials and publications.

 

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