50 years of ASEAN – Still waiting for social and ecological justice

50 years of ASEAN – Still waiting for social and ecological justice

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is celebrating its 50-years anniversary in August this year. Since the establishment of the institution, ASEAN has grown to 10 (soon 11) member states and today fights different political battles than it has in the 1960s. What has not changed is that economic cooperation is still the key to regional integration in Southeast Asia. This economic cooperation, however, does not include social and ecological concerns. The question remains whether it will be possible to genuinely integrate concepts of social-ecological justice in the future development of ASEAN.

To this end, the upcoming dossier by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung sheds light on the institutional framework of ASEAN and analyses with contributions by civil society and academia, where social and ecological justice has, or should have, its place in Southeast Asia.

Contributions to the dossier include:

  • Social-ecological justice for listening: The role of the cement industry in Southeast Asia, the Haze over Southeast Asia, the green mindset of ASEAN
  • Social-ecological justice for reading, incl: The role of civil society organizations in ASEAN, the situation for LGBTI* in Southeast Asia, ASEAN´s role between major powers, the prospect of renewable energy in ASEAN, the unending battle for nuclear energy in ASEAN, migration in Southeast Asia