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:

 

  1. Adivasi Mulvasi Astitva Raksha manch – India

  2. AKSI - Indonesia

  3. Alliance for Tax and Fiscal Justice - Nepal

  4. All Nepal Peasant's Federation (ANPFa) - Nepal

  5. All Nepal Peasants Federation -Nepal

  6. All Nepal Womens Association –Nepal

  7. Alyansa Tigil Mina ( ATM) - Philippines

  8. Aniban ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura(AMA)-Philippines

  9. ARENA –Asia/Regional

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

  11. Bank Information Center (BIC) – Europe/regional

  12. Bangladesh Krishok Federation -Bangladesh

  13. Bangladesh Jatiyo Sramik Jote -Bangladesh

  14. Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino ( BMP)- Philippines

  15. Bulig Visayas – Philippines

  16. Campaign for Climate Justice Nepal

  17. Central Eastern European Bankwatch – Europe/regional

  18. Center for Energy Ecology for Development (CEED) – Philippines

  19. Center for Environmental Justice (CEJ)  – Sri Lanka

  20. CHANGE – Vietnam

  21. Climate Reality Project -Philippines

  22. Climate Watch-Thailand

  23. CLEAN Bangladesh

  24. Community Development Library - Bangladesh

  25. Conservation Action Trust -India.

  26. Debt Watch – Indonesia

  27. EarthRights International

  28. EquityBD – Bangladesh

  29. FKNJ Jepara - Indonesia

  30. Focus on the Global South – Asia/Regional

  31. Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) – Philippines

  32. Friends of the Earth (FOE) - USA

  33. GEFONT –Nepal

  34. Gitib –Philippines

  35. Green Alternative, Georgia

  36. GreenID –Vietnam

  37. Greenpeace Southeast Asia

  38. Greenpeace -Indonesia

  39. Greenpeace -Philippines

  40. Greenpeace -Thailand

  41. Himalaya Niti Abhiyan – India

  42. Human Rights Alliance – Nepal

  43. Inclusive Development International - global

  44. Indian Social Action Forum –India

  45. Institute for Essential Services and Resources –Indonesia

  46. Jagaran Nepal

  47. Jatam - Indonesia

  48. Kerala Independent Fishworkers Federation – India

  49. Koalisi Anti Utang - Indonesia

  50. KRUHA - Peoples Right to Water Coaliton – Indonesia

  51. LDC Watch – Global

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

  53. Leave it in the Ground Initiative (LINGO) - Europe

  54. Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) – Asia/Regional

  55. Mines, minerals and People (mmP) – India

  56. Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation - Malaysia

  57. Nadi Gati Morcha - India

  58. National Federation of Hawkers -Bangladesh

  59. National Federation of Hawkers - India

  60. National Federation of Women Hawkers- India

  61. National Women Peasants Association, Nepal

  62. Nepal Youth Peasants Association –Nepal

  63. NGO Forum on ADB - global

  64. Our Rivers Our Life – Philippines

  65. Paguyuban UKPWR Batang -Indonesia

  66. Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum- Pakistan

  67. Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee – Pakistan

  68. Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) –Philippines

  69. RE:Common - Italy

  70. River Basin Friends – India

  71. Rural Reconstruction Nepal

  72. Sanlakas Philippines

  73. Sawit Watch - Indonesia

  74. SEAFISH for Justice

  75. Solidaritas Perempuan (Women) – Indonesia

  76. South Asian Alliance for Povery Eradication (SAAPE)

  77. South Asia Food Sovereignty Network

  78. South Asia Peasants Coalition

  79. SUPRO (Campaign for Good Governance) – Bangladesh

  80. Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) -Philippines

  81. Trade Union Policy Institute(TUPI) -Nepal

  82. Unnayan Onneshan –Bangladesh

  83. Urgewald - Germany

  84. VOICE – Bangladesh

  85. Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance (VSEA) -Vietnam

  86. WALHI/Friends of the Earth -Indonesia

  87. Youth for Climate Justice ( Y4CJ) - Philippines

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