Asia-Pacific Working Group


The Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) is one of three geographic working groups of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC).

The APWG brings together NGOs, faith-based organizations, unions and solidarity groups from across Canada that have a specific interest in development, social justice, and human rights in Asia.

The APWG’s purpose is  threefold:

  • to improve the impact of its members through collaborative reflection and analysis,

  • to include input from southern partners,

  • through the coordination of policy development, dialogue and learning.

Asia-Pacific Working Group Members

MEMBERS / MEMBRES 2018– 2019


Amnesty International Canada

Avocats sans frontières Canada (ASFC)

Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ)

Canadian Labour Congress – CLC

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) / Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des postes (STTP)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Centre for Research of Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)

Christian Peacemaker Teams

CoDevelopment Canada

Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine (CDHAL)

Cuso International

Development and Peace / Développement et paix

Horizons of Friendship

Humanité & Inclusion

Inter Pares


Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS/ ARSN)


Nobel Women’s Initiative

Oxfam Canada

Oxfam Québec

Peace Bridages International – PBI Canada

Presbytarian World Service and Development (PWS&D)

Projet Accompagnement Québec-Guatemala (PAQG)

Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) / Alliance de la Fonction publique du Canada (AFPC)

Steelworkers Humanity Fund


United Church of Canada

USC Canada



  • Monitor and share analysis and information on Canada’s international cooperation and foreign policy agenda in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Provide a space for exchange of information and collaboration among members for policy dialogue and learning
  • Promote the experience and perspectives of voices from Asia in policy dialogue and development
  • Facilitate the sharing of lessons and good practice in policy and program work


In addition to the annual members’ meeting, the APWG organizes many activities such as symposiums, roundtables and webinars with guest speakers as well as meetings with government representatives. The APWG also produces a bulletin with news and events on international cooperation, Asia and Canada.




Membership is open to CCIC organizations with a policy and/or programme interest in Asia. Other organizations may also become members upon approval of the APWG Coordinating Committee.


Sebastián Vielmas
Regional Working Groups Officer
Canadian Council for International Co-operation

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