The Forum network is hosting two panel sessions at the 55th Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting -
Civil Society Perspectives on Just Transition and
ADB’s New Energy Policy
26 September 2022
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (PHT)
Late last year, ADB adopted a new Energy Policy, joined with other multilateral development banks at COP26 to support a set of “Just Transition High-Level Principles,” and launched plans for operationalizing a coal retirement scheme in the region.
This roundtable, convened by the NGO Forum on ADB, will promote timely, forward-looking debates on the issues of "just transition" and climate financing at the project, programmatic, and policy levels—through the eyes of representatives from civil society groups in South, Southeast, and Central Asia/the Caucasus. A respondent from the ADB Energy Sector Group will also be present to engage in the discussion.
A Decade of Safeguards: Lessons from the Ground
27 September 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 PM (PHT)
ADB is conducting a comprehensive review and update of its 2009 Safeguard Policy Statement. As part of the process, it has organized a series of consultations with key stakeholders including developing member country governments, civil society organizations, and project-affected people.
This session will reflect on the policy architecture of the Safeguard Policy Statement, challenges in its implementation on the ground, and existing limitations. NGO Forum’s panel will present project examples where a lack of meaningful consultation and information disclosure led to harm to communities. The panel will also discuss important issues related to gender, labor, sexual orientation and gender identity expression, and human rights in relation to safeguards.