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Open Letter to the AIIB Board of Governors From NGOs and CSOs in Asia and Across the Globe


We – grassroots movements, non-government organizations and civil society networks from Asian countries and the rest of the world welcome the fact that we were invited to submit our proposals and concerns during the process of drafting the Energy Sector Strategy of the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB).  We note that a number of these proposals were taken on in the final version.

We would like to express, however, our strong disappointment and disagreement with the Energy Sector Strategy paper still allowing for the financing of COAL. While it qualifies the conditions under which coal projects can be financed by the AIIB,  the circumstances described still leaves the door wide open for coal support.

The deeply harmful impacts of coal mining and coal power plants on communities and the environment are undeniable and well-documented.  Coal power’s huge contributions to the escalation of the climate crisis is well-established and widely acknowledged.  It is in direct contradiction to AIIB’s avowed commitment to sustainable development and the Paris Agreement which expresses a goal of keeping temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The problem of energy poverty still affects hundreds of millions of people in the region. Governments have used this as justification to expand the coal power industry – referring to coal as the quickest and cheapest solution to the problem of energy access.  This is not an acceptable argument. Neither is it acceptable to present “clean coal technologies” as the alternative to old and obsolete coal technologies.  There is no longer any excuse not to directly shift to renewable energy systems, which have already become more economically and financially feasible alternatives as evidenced by experiences in many countries including China and India.

Likewise, we disagree with AIIB supporting large hydro systems. For decades communities in Asia have resisted these projects for their devastating social and environmental impacts.

The AIIB, if it is to be true to its claims as a “green bank,” must marshal its resources to support a swift and just transition to renewable and clean energy systems for people and communities of Asia, and put an end to fossil fuels and other harmful energy as soon as possible.  Our people and planet deserve no less. #

Signed:

Adivasi Mulvasi Astitva Raksha manch – India

AKSI – Indonesia

Alliance for Tax and Fiscal Justice – Nepal

All Nepal Peasant’s Federation (ANPFa) – Nepal

All Nepal Peasants Federation -Nepal

All Nepal Womens Association –Nepal

Alyansa Tigil Mina ( ATM) – Philippines

Aniban ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura(AMA)-Philippines

ARENA –Asia/Regional

Asian People’s Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) – Asia/Regional

Bank Information Center (BIC) – Europe/regional

Bangladesh Krishok Federation -Bangladesh

Bangladesh Jatiyo Sramik Jote -Bangladesh

Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino ( BMP)- Philippines

Bulig Visayas – Philippines

Campaign for Climate Justice Nepal

Central Eastern European Bankwatch – Europe/regional

Center for Energy Ecology for Development (CEED) – Philippines

Center for Environmental Justice (CEJ)  – Sri Lanka

CHANGE – Vietnam

Climate Reality Project -Philippines

Climate Watch-Thailand

CLEAN Bangladesh

Community Development Library – Bangladesh

Conservation Action Trust -India.

Debt Watch – Indonesia

EarthRights International

EquityBD – Bangladesh

FKNJ Jepara – Indonesia

Focus on the Global South – Asia/Regional

Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) – Philippines

Friends of the Earth (FOE) – USA

GEFONT –Nepal

Gitib –Philippines

Green Alternative, Georgia

GreenID –Vietnam

Greenpeace Southeast Asia

Greenpeace -Indonesia

Greenpeace -Philippines

Greenpeace -Thailand

Himalaya Niti Abhiyan – India

Human Rights Alliance – Nepal

Inclusive Development International – global

Indian Social Action Forum –India

Institute for Essential Services and Resources –Indonesia

Jagaran Nepal

Jatam – Indonesia

Kerala Independent Fishworkers Federation – India

Koalisi Anti Utang – Indonesia

KRUHA – Peoples Right to Water Coaliton – Indonesia

LDC Watch – Global

Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center/Friends of the Earth -Philippines

Leave it in the Ground Initiative (LINGO) – Europe

Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) – Asia/Regional

Mines, minerals and People (mmP) – India

Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation – Malaysia

Nadi Gati Morcha – India

National Federation of Hawkers -Bangladesh

National Federation of Hawkers – India

National Federation of Women Hawkers- India

National Women Peasants Association, Nepal

Nepal Youth Peasants Association –Nepal

NGO Forum on ADB – global

Our Rivers Our Life – Philippines

Paguyuban UKPWR Batang -Indonesia

Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum- Pakistan

Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee – Pakistan

Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) –Philippines

RE:Common – Italy

River Basin Friends – India

Rural Reconstruction Nepal

Sanlakas Philippines

Sawit Watch – Indonesia

SEAFISH for Justice

Solidaritas Perempuan (Women) – Indonesia

South Asian Alliance for Povery Eradication (SAAPE)

South Asia Food Sovereignty Network

South Asia Peasants Coalition

SUPRO (Campaign for Good Governance) – Bangladesh

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) -Philippines

Trade Union Policy Institute(TUPI) -Nepal

Unnayan Onneshan –Bangladesh

Urgewald – Germany

VOICE – Bangladesh

Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance (VSEA) -Vietnam

WALHI/Friends of the Earth -Indonesia

Youth for Climate Justice ( Y4CJ) – Philippines

 

 

 

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