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					                           People’s SAARC 2008
                Colombo, Sri Lanka - 18 -20 July, 2008
                                    Programme
Day 1: 18th July, 2008 - Friday

08.00 - 09.30     Registration
09.30 - 11.00     Opening Ceremony
                  Theme Song
                  Welcome Remarks
                  Discussion and Perspective of the People’s Union of South Asia
                  Vote of Thanks
11.00 – 13.00     South Asia Today and the New South Asia we want
13.00 – 14.00     Lunch

Parallel Workshops: Civil and Political Rights
14.00 – 17.00     1.   Demilitarisation/ Denuclearisation/Military Expenditure and Alternative
                       Concepts of National Security vs. Human Security
                   2. Deepening Democracy/Threats to Democracy and Rise of Social
                       Movements
                   3. US Hegemonism and Global War on Terror
                   4. Nation State & Challenges
                   5. Refugees / IDPs
                   6. Burma
                   7. Maldives
                   8. Contours of South Asian People’s foreign policy
17.30 – 19.00     Cultural Programme

Day 2: 19th July 2008 - Saturday

Parallel Workshops: Economic, Social, Cultural and Religious Rights
09.00 – 13.00     1.   WTO, South Asian Trade and FTA’s
                  2.   Livelihood and Sovereignty over Natural Resources
                  3.   Food Sovereignty, Agrarian Crisis and Pro People Alternatives
                  4.   Debt Cancellation
                  5.   Climate Change and Ecological Justice
                  6.   FDI, Finance Capital, Neoliberal Economic Reforms and IFIs
                  7.   Migration & Trafficking
                  8.   Regional Alternatives: People’s Vision

Parallel Workshops:
14.00 - 16.30     1.   Migration and Free Movement of Labour
                  2.   Religious Extremism and Communalism
                  3.   Culture in the Age of Globalisation
                  4.   Social Sector and Basic Needs – Towards a More Humane State
                  5.   Urbanisation
                  6.   Health
                  7.   Education
                  8.   Housing
16.30 – 18.00     Plenary
                  Responses from People – Friendly Politicians/Parliamentarians
18.00             Cultural Programme
Day 3: 20th July 2008 - Sunday

09.00 – 10.30   SAARC Declaration
Statements in support of Declaration (special speakers)
10.30 – 12.00    1.   Afghanistan
                 2.   Bangladesh
                 3.   Bhutan
                 4.   India
                 5.   Maldives
                 6.   Nepal
                 7.   Pakistan
                 8.   Sri Lanka
Eminent Personalities From Asia
12.00 -13.00      1   Walden Bello, the Philippines
                  2   Leila Khaled, Palestine
13.00 – 14.00    Lunch and Preparation for mass rally
14.00 – 16.30    Mass Rally
16.00            Vote of Thanks
                 Cultural programme