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Global Green Party History Chronology - 2000

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- June 25th: Green Party Nominates Ralph Nader for President in Denver
- August 25-27th: Asia Pacific Green Network Founded

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June 25-27: Green Party Nominates Ralph Nader for President in Denver

State Green Parties from across the United States came to Denver under the banner of the Association of State Green Parties, to nominate Ralph Nader for President and Winona LaDuke for Vice-President. With 295 votes, Nader received with 92% of the convention total, followed by ten votes each for Jello Biafra and Stephen Gaskin, followed by one vote for None-of-the-Above (NOTA) and three write-in votes for Joel Kovel. The convention delegates also approved the 2000 Green Party platform that Nader and LaDuke ran on. Nader's acceptance speech ran approximately one hour. Other video convention coverage of plenary speakers and individual interviews can be viewed here.

Jim Hightower was keynote speaker at the convention, which ran between June 23rd-25th. The convention schedule also included: Manning Marable, Helen Caldicott, John Anderson, Tony Mazzochi,Biafra, Ann Northrop and 2000 California Green U.S. Senate candidate Medea Benjamin, as well as several of the Green officeholders and international Green guests in attendance. The convention was attended by over 300 voting delegates from 39 states. Over 1200 people attended the final nominating event. Also attending were representatives from 15 foreign Green Parties as well as Green Party Federations of the Americas, Europe and Africa.

Broadcast nationally on C-SPAN, and combined with unprecedented news coverage from both the The Progressive and main stream outlets such as Time Magazine and PBS, the convention brought the Green Party to millions of Americans who had rarely or never heard of it.

August 25-27: Asia Pacific Green Network founded in Brisbane

The Asia Pacific Greens Network was founded 25–27 April 2000, at the Asia Pacific Green Politics Workshop in Brisbane, Australia. Made possible by a substantial grant from the Swedish Green Forum, the Workshop was designed as a precursor to the Global Greens Conference in April 2001, and to fill the gap in organised networking in the Asia Pacific Region, which unlike Europe, Africa and the Americas at that time, did not yet have a Federation or Network of Green Parties.

Thirty people representing 12 Green parties and green political movements in Asia and the Pacific came to the Workshop, along with representatives from the Swedish Green Forum and the German Heinrich Boll Foundation (who also supported some of the delegates). The groups and individuals were identified after extensive consultation with Green parties round the world, community organisations such as Friends of the Earth, Community Aid Abroad and Amnesty, and with individuals.

The Workshop was a great success, primarily in establishing warm personal relationships amongst the participants, and in affirming their common ideals for environmental protection, social justice, democracy, nonviolence and the elimination of poverty.

An important outcome was to distinguish 'green political movements' (community groups or movements with an explicit goal of involvement in electoral or parliamentary politics) from issue-oriented non-government organization, by recognizing the important role such movements play in countries where democratic participation is dangerous or restricted, and as a stepping stone to formation of a party.

Much discussion time was also spent outlining each country’s circumstances, while workshops on Green politics and Asian/Indigenous cultural values, global warming, and organisation and funding opened up broader issues. Having four close neighbours of mainland China present (Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Mongolia) highlighted mainland China’s territorial threats and growing economic power as central issues for the region. The recent Asian financial crisis also underlined the common need to campaign globally and the potential power of such a political movement to confront the extremes of economic globalism. Workshop Attendees approved the following resolutions:

• That we form an Asia Pacific Greens Network, comprising: 1) Green parties and 2) Green political movements. And strive to broaden its membership throughout the region.”

• That we meet in conjunction with the Global Greens Conference in 2001, with the aim of forming a Federation, based on the Global Greens Charter, comprising: 1) Green parties (members) and 2) green political movements (associate members)”

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