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Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats

HQ Country
Office locations
Where they work
Asia and the Pacific, Philippines
Modality of engagement
Capacity building, Research/analysis/knowledge production
Thematic area
Climate change and democracy, Political parties, Youth

The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) was inaugurated in Bangkok, Thailand in 1993, with the support of then Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai and South Korea’s Kim Dae-Jung. CALD, which offers a unique platform for dialogue and cooperation, is the only regional alliance of liberal and democratic political parties in Asia.
CALD was formed out of the recognition of leaders of like-minded political parties in Asia with the need for a dynamic forum promoting discussion and exchange of ideas regarding trends and challenges affecting democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the region.
The Liberal Party of the Philippines is currently the chair party of CALD. Former Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Former Congressman Francis “Blue” Abaya are serving as Chairperson and Secretary General, respectively.
Through CALD, political parties, groups, and individuals have a continuing discussion on the developments occurring in the region. The aim is to assess the possibilities for liberal solutions to problems facing Asian democracies.”

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