The Australian Greens support the ongoing development of the Asia Pacific Greens Federation (APGF) secretariat. The secretariat provides support and capacity-building for a region-wide network of green political parties and organisations. The Australian Greens provide a grant for an ongoing Secretary position, an internship program, and related operating costs within the APGF Secretariat. APGF is a strategic partner for the Australian Greens International Development Committee (IDC).
The APGF currently provides a forum for its members and associates to share experiences and work together regionally and globally. The APGF has a multi-nation coordinating committee (APGCC) that currently meets monthly and oversees key processes and strategies. APGF also has a strong APGF women’s network, a growing Asia Pacific Young Greens network, and a committee working on the rights of indigenous peoples across APGF countries.
Organisations and parties that identify with green politics can apply to become members of the Federation; they are assessed on the basis of their organisational democracy and adherence to green principles. The APGF is represented on the Global Greens Coordination body, the umbrella body for Green parties globally.
There is a vast disparity among the different countries in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of the strength and capability of their Green political organisations. Many face huge challenges in the countries in which they operate on issues such as extreme environmental degradation, human rights, and gender equality including representation of women in parliament. The APGF Council and Secretariat work to develop and strengthen APGF by providing leadership, organising training, and developing a program of work within the network. This enables APGF to further contribute to the Global Greens and to have our experiences shared and heard on an international level.