Progressive Alliance Conference 2022: Asia’s Social Democratic New Deal for Peace, Democracy, Recovery, Sustainability

Event Date   25. – 26.06.2022

Organiser: Progressive Alliance    

Host: Democratic Action Party, Malaysia , Network of Social Democracy Asia

Date: arrivals 24th June 2022 (friday) – Conference proper 25th & 26th June 2022

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


We are pleased to invite you to the first fully physical Progressive Alliance conference since the lockdowns, titled Asia’s Social Democratic New Deal for Peace, Democracy, Recovery, Sustainability.  The conference will be hosted by the Malaysian Democratic Action Party in Kuala Lumpur. You are invited to arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 24th June 2022 (friday) for a two day Conference on the 25th & 26th June 2022

The Australian Labor Party’s recent return to power and New Zealand Labour’s continued successes has reignited the flames of hope for Social Democracy in the Asia- Pacific region. However the rest of Asia are less fortunate and are seeing kakistocrats, kleptocrats and autocrats using their ill begotten wealth to buy and occupy the electoral and democratic landscape in their increasingly often successful bid to return to power and their wicked ways.

Beyond the death toll and casualties, Putin’s war on the Ukrainian people has triggered socio-economic chain reactions globally. Skyrocketing food and energy prices as well as the ensuing humanitarian crisis are also affecting millions of lives way beyond Ukraine. Looming dark clouds of similar geopolitical transgressions sparking around the region can neither be de ruled out nor ignored.

  • How do we preserve peace and security; pushback against despots’ hijacking of democracy; towards recovery and building back a better, more sustainable and equitable future?
  • How are we to push back against the fake news, misinformation and exploitation of victimhood among the masses that serves the conservative agenda?
  • How do we ensure the economy that we build back from the current ruins, can be one that will ensure equitability, sustainability, decent work and livelihoods for all?
  • How can we halt the advances of the increasingly successful occupation of democratic spaces by despotic, kleptocratic, dynastic agents and leaders of conservatism?
  • How do we reignite the spirit of internationalism in galvanising and organising progressive forces worldwide, whether political parties in and outside of government, NGOs, unions, thinktanks and individuals alike, to formulate and implement policies of hope and progress?
  • How do we win the battle of disarmament and peacefully ensure global security, and push back against the ethnonationalists, the fear mongering theocratic bigots and extremists, the colonial imperialists?
  • How do we speed up and ensure net zero transition can be achieved inclusively and equitably, whilst creating environmental and clean jobs and mainstreaming the green economy?

We look forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur.


Video invitation by Tan E Hun, Executive Director, Executive Director, Research for Social Advancement (REFSA):

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