Advocacy


The effectiveness of GMM hinges on the successful promotion of moderation as a worthy virtue in all aspects of international life. After all, moderation is rooted in the philosophical and religious traditions of all. Without moderation, no society would have been able to operate or exist with any normalcy, as extremism and excesses would time and again take the social collectivity to the brink.

 

Yet, despite the ubiquitous nature of moderation, it is not normally given the right prominence that it deserves nationally, regionally and internationally. This is largely due to the self-effacing nature of moderates. Moderates tend to have a style, or, approach, that is low-keyed. When faced with a choice between showcasing the novelty of moderation, as opposed to shying from the spotlight, moderates do tend to choose the latter.

 

However, a  global movement that seeks to mobilize the moderates from the world over, cannot ignore the value of publicity. Publicity helps to connect one with the other perenially. Advocacy, therefore, seeks to enhance the prominence of moderation. The goal is to enable moderates to gain the necessary strength and encouragement, from the numbers that they do possess.

 

Institutional Partners

Institutional Partners are members of the civil society, such as think tanks or nongovernmental organizations, that have already interacted with Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF) through the ICGMM or other such related events, or, shown keener interest in the idea of GMM itself.

 

ASEAN Dialogue Partners

ASEAN Dialogue Partners refer to countries that have already acceded to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC). These countries include China, South Korea, Japan, the European Union (EU), France, the United States, Russia, and Turkey, just to name but a few.They have been declared ASEAN’s Dialogue Partners.  Since GMM is an ASEAN endorsed idea, Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF) will find various ways and channels to work with the Dialogue Partners.

 

Global Partners

Global Partners are members of the United Nations that have not subscribed to TAC or any part of the ASEAN process yet. However, with the increasing interest of the world on Asia, and ASEAN, Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF) expects to engage more countries that are willing to work closely on GMM.

 

Friends of GMM

Friends of GMM are nongovernmental organizations or individuals, including academics and students, who have become increasingly informed of GMM, or, the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF), and are now keen on further contact and collaboration.

 

UNAOC

GMMF – a patron of the UNAOC’s Partners’ Assembly – attended the partners’ assembly at the 5th Global Forum of UNAOC in Vienna, Austria on 28 February 2013. The partners’ assembly is a gathering of community of partners including donors and supporters of its activities. It serves as a platform for relevant stakeholders to deliberate and define the strategic direction and future activities of UNAOC, as well as to galvanize active participation of new members.

 

During the assembly, the GMMF represented by its CEO Khalek Awang signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UNAOC which was represented by its incoming High Representative Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser.

 

The MOU paves the way for closer cooperation between GMMF and UNAOC. Both parties undertake the development of ‘UNAOC National Plan for Intercultural Dialogue and Cooperation’ to address social-cultural divides and to promote better understanding among communities to build an inclusive, tolerant and democratic society. The identified programmes include the celebrations of ‘World Interfaith Harmony Week’ and ‘World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development’ on every first week of February and 21st of May respectively.