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Land grab’ as families are uprooted to make way for luxury resort that will host EU ministers

The Telegraph, Nov 1, 2012

At least 500 people have been uprooted from their homes to make way for luxury villas where European Union foreign ministers, including William Hague, will stay during a summit in Laos on Monday. The “Asia-Europe Meeting” will bring together 48 EU and Asian countries on Don Chan island in the centre of Laos’s capital, Vientiane. To allow the construction of 50 villas and two conference centres, the authorities have moved 102 families who once lived on the island and worked its green paddy fields. The new facilities will be used for this and future summits.

Asia-Europe People’s Forum concludes with declaration focusing on sustainable development

Xinhua, Oct 19, 2012

Vientiane – The 9th Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF-9) concluded here on Friday with a final declaration ratified by all participants. The declaration emphasized the participants concerns in four major areas, including universal social protection and access to essential services. At the closing session of the meeting, Maris Dela Cruz, member of the International Organization Committee of AEPF, said the participates to the meeting engaged in an in-depth discussion from different perspectives in the last three days, in order to come up with people’s vision and recommendations on people’s solidarity against poverty and sustainable development.

People’s forum seeks to influence ASEM Summit agenda

Vientiane Times, June 13, 2012

About 500 delegates are expected to join the 9th Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF9) which will take place in Vientiane from October 16-19, according to a press conference held in the capital yesterday. The delegates will discuss various issues of importance and develop people’s visions for the future which will be submitted to the leaders  attending the 9th ASEM Summit in November. The National Organising Committee for the event yesterday clarified the progress made so far in preparing the AEPF9. They outlined how the people’s forum will allow for grassroots input so that the leaders are aware of people’s concerns and take them into account when formulating national policies. Member of the organising committee and Director General of the Institute of Foreign Affairs Ms Khamphao Ernthavanh said the preparation has seen solid progress despite the fact that the event is being jointly hosted by different sectors including NGOs, mass organisations and civil society.

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